Heavy rains and mine closures have led to a new warning over the safety of Philippines nickel ore exports.

Protection-and-indemnity insurer the West of England Club has produced a safety alert on Philippines nickel ore exports after receiving information from local correspondent Pandiman Philippines.

The country has been experiencing heavy rainfalls onto exposed nickel ore deposits recently which are likely to have increased the water moisture content of the cargo. The usual dry season has not occurred for several years now.