CINS publishes "Risk-based DG Stowage Safety Considerations", 25 November 2019
New safety guidance for the stowage of classified dangerous
goods on board containerships has been published by the Cargo
Incident Notification System (CINS). The new publication - entitled
"Safety Considerations for Ship Operators Related to Risk-Based
Stowage of Dangerous Goods on Containerships" - can be downloaded
from the CINS website - www.cinsnet.com. The guidance has been prepared
by CINS, the international container shipping line organisation,
established with the remit of increasing safety in the supply
chain, reducing the number of cargo incidents on-board ships and
highlighting the risks caused both by certain cargoes and by
These industry-developed safety considerations represent the
first in a series of initiatives - undertaken both by ship
operators and by regulators - aimed at enhancing safety on board
container ships. The publication has been created in response to a
number of serious fire incidents in recent years, often caused by
deficiencies in cargo declaration and cargo packing. It both
recognises - and also takes into account - the significant
complexities involved in achieving effective and compliant stowage
of containers on board ships.
Prepared by a work group comprising CINS shipping line members,
together with representatives of classification societies and
insurance organisations, these safety considerations are intended
to be used by ship operators, cargo carriers, and port personnel.
They provide a risk-based dangerous goods stowage strategy,
applying to all sizes of containerships.
These new safety considerations complement - but do not replace
- the existing measures already developed and implemented by ship
operators for the carriage of properly declared dangerous goods.
Likewise, they do not replace the SOLAS and IMDG requirements for
stowage and segregation - in fact, they will enhance the
requirements of these regulations.
Commenting on the significance of this new publication, CINS
Chairman Uffe Ernst-Frederiksen notes: "Cargo-related incidents
which result in fire and explosions are rooted in cargo problems.
Subsequent investigations demonstrate a wide range of deficiencies
relating to cargo presented for shipment. These deficiencies
include erroneous classification and declaration; packing,
segregation and securing not complying with IMDG or not following
the CTU Code; and packaging not complying with IMDG. This new
best-practice guidance for DG stowage is intended to help improve
fire safety in our industry."
The Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS) is a shipping line
organisation launched in 2011. Its aim is to increase safety in the
supply chain, reduce the number of cargo incidents on board ships
and highlight the risks caused by certain cargoes and/or packing
failures. Its Board comprises five of the world's largest container
shipping lines (Maersk Line, Hapag Lloyd, MSC, CMA CGM and
Evergreen Line), together with three Advisory Board Members
(International Group of P&I Clubs, TT Club and Exis
Technologies). CINS membership comprises over 85% of the
world's container slot capacity.