Hazcheck Detect is a cargo screening solution which scans all booking details for keywords, validates against rules and highlights suspicious bookings to identify misdeclared and undeclared dangerous goods (DG) and other compliance cargo. The tool uses around 10,000 keywords to find undeclared dangerous goods, working through 4,500 ‘rules’.
Undeclared DG – checks focus on cargo that is not declared as DG; suspicious items are looked for that perhaps should be declared as DG.
Misdeclared DG – checks focus on cargo which is declared as DG, but not declared as the correct DG.
Cargo screening allows non-compliant cargo to be detected within seconds rather than days. Last minute changes to bookings, declarations, Bills of Lading and shipping instructions can be picked up in real time. This immediate response avoids such cargo from being loaded onto a ship thereby avoiding the risk of fires at sea.
Maersk Line is the first customer signed to the new tool. Hazcheck Detect is currently doing 13 million screenings a month. With 500 ‘hits’ a day around 40 or 50 containers a week are stopped from being loaded onto a ship. With manual procedures used before Hazcheck Detect was available it would have been days before this crucial information was known.
See the Q&A discussion YouTube video below with James Douglas, Exis CEO and industry publication HCB for more information.
Complex Queries – Most queries are viable using the query syntax, but some may have additional complexity, or may require the ability to lookup external data, such as DG info, substance indexes, etc.
Data – The following Data will be held in a standard library to be updated and maintained by Exis all other Libraries to be updated and supplied by users (Customer data)
Industry group can agree to share standard libraries with common terms.
- Proper shipping names
- Substance variants
- Substance index names
- Limited set of technical names organic peroxides / self-reacting substance data
- Handles both misdeclared and undeclared data
- Industry keywords can be shared amongst lines
- Database of misdeclared rules and keywords constantly increasing (over 4,500
mis-declared and 10,000 undeclared rules already available)
- Rules are continually enhanced and will evolve using machine learning and AI techniques.
- Data and service always updated with current regulations
Q&A discussion with Peter Mackay, Editor, HCB
Examples of common misdeclared dangerous goods
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, commonly shipped undeclared hazardous materials include, but are not limited to:
- Agricultural: ammonium nitrate fertilizers, pesticides
- Air conditioning: Refrigerant gases
- Automotive: Lead-acid batteries, air bag inflators, seatbelt pretensioners, fuel injector cleaners, gasoline, diesel fuel
- Camping and outdoors equipment: fuel gels, propane “tanks”, matches, flares, scuba “tanks”
- Construction: adhesives, sealants, tars
- Fire-fighting equipment: fire extinguishers
- Household goods: aerosol spray cans, perfumes, fireworks, oil-based paint related materials, adhesives, lighters, drain cleaners, pepper sprays
- Medical: Oxygen “tanks”
- Motorized vehicles, tools, and equipment: cars, boats, generators, engines, lawnmowers
- Pool maintenance: chlorinating tablets or granules