Exis Technologies launches cargo screening tool for misdeclared and undeclared dangerous goods, 1 September 2020
Exis Technologies, global leaders in IT solutions for the
management of dangerous goods in sea transport, and their parent
company National Cargo Bureau (NCB), the New York based cargo
inspection company have launched Hazcheck Detect, a cargo screening tool to
detect misdeclared and undeclared dangerous goods in containerised
shipments. Maersk are the first customer signed to the
Hazcheck Detect solution.
In a white paper published by NCB in July this year they
reported that a recent Container Inspection Safety
Initiative they had carried out revealed an alarming
number of containers carried by sea include misdeclared dangerous
cargoes that represent a serious safety risk to crew, vessel and
the environment. The inspection initiative showed that 55% of
containers were non-compliant with 43% failing to secure dangerous
goods correctly within the container itself. Approximately 6.5% of
containers carrying dangerous cargoes had been misdeclared. The
white paper is calling for industry to adopt a comprehensive,
holistic and coordinated approach to address this worrying trend
with 12 recommendations ranging from embracing a safety culture for
dangerous goods compliance to practical measures for container and
vessel inspections and monitoring.
One of the white paper recommendations is the incorporation of
integrated digital tools that automate critical compliance
functions, like Hazcheck Detect.
Hazcheck Detect focuses on:
Undeclared dangerous goods - looks for
cargo that is not declared as DG, looking for suspicious items that
should be declared as DG.
Misdeclared dangerous goods - looks for cargo
which is declared as DG, but may not have been declared as the
It scans all booking details for keywords, validates against
rules and highlights suspicious bookings to identify misdeclared
and undeclared dangerous goods (DG). Container lines that sign up
to use the service will be able to screen their bookings and bills
of lading using the same keywords and rules to try to find mis
and/or undeclared dangerous goods, thereby helping to ensure the
safety of the crew, ships and cargo. In the future there is also
scope to apply the tool for use in other global screening
applications not related to dangerous goods, for example, the
illegal shipping of wildlife or other compliance cargo. Currently,
the system has around 4,500 mis-declared rules and 10,000
undeclared rules available.
The solution supports the creation of rules based on keywords
and the rules are designed to ensure that only search results of
interest are returned for specific follow up. The rules are
continually enhanced and will evolve using machine learning and AI
Hazcheck Detect is delivered as a software-as-a-service
solution, hosted and maintained by Exis Technologies. It includes a
web user interface so that users can enter and maintain data search
terms, keywords and rules.
Henrik Lauritsen, Director at Maersk said,
"Exis Technologies has developed a solution that could be used
industry wide and allows easy sharing of keywords and rules between
industry partners. This is very important so that container lines
know that partner lines are searching using the same criteria. The
service went into live operation in February 2020 and we are
finding an average of 40 containers a week which are stopped,
undeclared DG or re-declared as DG. In the past these containers
would have been loaded on board as non DG cargo or misdeclared.
Critically we get the search hits returned from Hazcheck Detect
within seconds so that we can follow up quickly to ensure that
suspicious cargo is not loaded on to the vessels. We are delighted
to be the first shipping line to start using Hazcheck Detect and we
encourage more lines to come on board."