ATSB issued an investigation report on the loss of containers incident involving the container ship YM Efficiency off New South Wales, in June 2018, identifying issues associated with the distribution of containers onboard and the stowage arrangement.
ABS is cooperating with CINS members over the past six months to develop best stowage strategy guidelines. After a three-month trial, the best practice guidelines will be published. The collaboration gathers key industry stakeholders to examine the challenges and risks container ship owners and operators face when stowing dangerous goods.
All cargo, whether carried on or under deck, should be stowed and secured in accordance with the vessel’s Cargo Securing Manual as approved under Regulation 5.6 of Chapter VI of the Safety of Life at Sea Convention. This includes the way in which cargo is secured and the weight distribution of cargo within the stow.
Video shows Neil Davidson, Senior Analyst Ports & Terminals at Drewry, discussing ways Ports and Carriers can better collaborate.
ITIC has warned that the wording of instructions can potentially widen the scope of liability for marine service providers, citing the recent case of a marine surveyor sued for €1.56m for alleged poor onboard stowage of a cargo.
NYK and Kozo Keikaku Engineering established a stowage planning center for container shipping in Ozu town, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan
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