Ensuring Safe Cargo Transport at Sea

If you are involved with transporting cargo by sea, then it is crucial to be well aware of all the obstacles that come with transporting safely. Here are some of the top methods to help reduce the challenges and dangers involved so the items and the crew's safety are not jeopardized.

Loading and Unloading

While loading cargo into freight containers, be sure to verify the weight of the material before stuffing the container and the weight of the container after stuffing. It's important to use reliable and calibrated industrial weighing scales, whether it be conveyor, counting, shipping, or fork lifting scales.

Container Inspection

Every container should be thoroughly examined upon arrival to its destination. Inspect for:
  • Cleanliness
  • Weathered condition
  • Odors
  • Leaks
  • Fitted cargo restraint devices
  • Condition of any repairs
  • Holes
  • Shape distortions
  • Precautions of the previous cargoes
The weight of the cargo should be checked with a truck scale or belt scale after the inspections are complete.

Stowage of Containers

Stowing refers to the arrangement of the containers in a compact and safe manner so that the sea voyage does not cause damage. When stowing cargo, you want to consider the unique properties of what is being handled as well as the compatibility with other cargo in the same container. Be sure to segregate hazardous materials and ensure that they are stowed in regards to compliance requirements. Be very cautious while stowing heavy and light cargo together. If this isn't done properly, the contents can easily become damaged. Heavy packages should always go on the bottom of the container with lighter goods on top. It is important that containers are stowed in a rather tight fashion to prevent chafing from the motions of the ocean. Also, never stow dry goods with wet goods, they should be on a raised platform and a level above the wet goods.

Container Lashing

Container lashing will help to avoid some of the harsh motion of the ship during rough weather conditions. It is recommended to lash units together into a single block. Secure independent lashings to the strong points of the ship structure. Keep in mind that short and taut lashings give a better hold.

Safety and Securing

For secure containers, avoid having any spaces or loose packages on the top. There should never be direct pressure on doors or any metal-to-metal contact. Be careful not to overload and check that the doors, locks, and seals are secure. Note the seal numbers for insertion on the bill of landing. Be sure to keep accurate and detailed documentation of the shipped goods so there aren't any discrepancies regarding the condition or number of items shipped. NJ Importers and Exporters Insurance  is needed to protect yourself and business throughout this process.

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At David G. Sayles Insurance Services, we help our clients decide which of these options is best for them based on their current situation and risk factors.  Contact us at 1-855-977-1842 or insureme@dsayles.mysites.io for a consultation!

About David G. Sayles Insurance Services

At David G. Sayles Insurance Services, we help our clients decide which of these options is best for them based on their current situation and risk factors. Contact us at 1-855-977-1842 or insureme@dsayles.mysites.io for a consultation!

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