An article from DAC Beachcroft on 10th April about implementation of new guidelines and the steps have also been taken to create best management practices for dangerous goods stowage, involving ABS, Lloyd’s Register, the International Group of P&I Clubs, National Cargo Bureau, the TT Club and Exis Technologies.  The purpose of the guidelines is to implement the ‘Risk Based Dangerous Goods Stowage Principles’ with a view to minimising risk to crew, cargo, the environment and vessels in the event a fire.  It says that, ultimately, 6 different risk zones were identified.  It says that the main reasons for misdeclaring dangerous cargoes are to save money and time, especially because these types of cargoes require special packaging and stuffing. The potential misdeclaration of dangerous container cargoes and the damages arising out of a fire on board the modern container vessel, with a capacity over 18,000 teu, could be shockingly high.  The article says estimates are that about one-third of all containers are wrongly declared or are misstated; about 10% of the containers in a typical voyage would probably hold hazardous or dangerous materials; and this could mean potentially 600 containers with dangerous cargo stuffed inside them.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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