UK P&I and Exis offer Hazcheck app to complement DG Guide relaunch, 17 September 2013
Dangerous goods have long been involved in serious transport
incidents, onshore and at sea, resulting in deaths, injuries,
massive rescue operations and huge commercial losses.
Typically, packages spill their contents and cause fires,
explosions and toxic or corrosive gas releases. Dealing with such
incidents is hard enough on land but at sea it can be almost
Containers may be badly packed and secured or house incompatible
substances, with the potential hazard masked by poor marking and
labelling and reinforced by inadequate or even false documentation.
During loading, boxes may be inadequately secured and
inappropriately positioned, relative to the contents of others
nearby and their exposure to the elements and extreme seas.
However, every day, thousands of containers carrying dangerous
goods are moved across the world's oceans and the volume is likely
to increase. With 16/18,000TEU merchant marine leviathans now
coming increasingly into service, the risk of incidents and huge
consequences creates even greater safety issues for everyone
involved in the carriage of these goods.
Such considerations highlight the vital importance of complying
with the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code to avoid
incidents and to reduce the consequences of those that do
Accordingly, the UK P&I Club has revised and reissued the four
booklets in its 'Book it Right and Pack it Tight' series. First
produced eight years ago, these practical straightforward,
well-illustrated, cross-referenced guides have been updated to
embrace changes brought in by amendments to the Code.
The booklets explain how all those involved in particular stages of
the logistics chain should follow the IMDG Code and work to its
stipulations in preparing containerised shipments of packaged
dangerous goods for carriage by sea. The second part of each
booklet is a comprehensive guide to the Code itself.
The four guides, compiled by Richard Masters for the UK Club's
Carefully To Carry Committee, have benefited from advice and
information from China Ocean Shipping Company, Evergreen Marine
Corp, Exis Technologies Limited, Maersk Group, Malaysia
International Shipping Company, Mediterranean Shipping Company,
Nippon Yusen Kaisha, Orient Overseas Container Line and P&O
Nedlloyd. They are designed for:
· Shippers and forwarders, who classify
dangerous goods and prepare the documentation requested by shipping
· Shipping line booking staff charged with
receiving and checking the details of dangerous cargoes who have to
ensure---as far as possible---that the information is comprehensive
· Managers and supervisors of organisations
which pack dangerous goods into shipping containers and conduct
· Fork lift operators who work inside
containers stacking, loading and securing dangerous goods----and
need to protect themselves.
The UK P&I Club and Exis Technologies are offering a free
mobile app that complements the DG guides and provides quick and
easy access to information in the IMDG Code Dangerous Good List
Available for iPhone, Blackberry and android devices.
To download your app, visit: www.ukpandi.com/loss-prevention