New guidance for safe stowage of classified dangerous goods is released

Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS) has published Safety Considerations for Ship Operators Related to Risk-Based Stowage of Dangerous Goods on Containerships. CINS, launched in September 2011, is a shipping line organization whose board comprises five of the world’s largest container shipping lines. It is advised by International Group of P&I Clubs, TT Club and Exis Technologies.

The aim of CINS is to increase safety in the supply chain, reduce the number of cargo incidents on board ships and on land, and highlight the risks caused by certain cargoes and/or packing failures.

CINS said that the publication had been created in response to serious fire incidents in recent years, often caused by deficiencies in cargo declaration and cargo packing. The publication takes into account the significant complexities involved in achieving effective and compliant stowage of containers on board ships.

The safety considerations provide a risk-based dangerous goods stowage strategy, applying to all sizes of container vessel.

CINS emphasized that the publication did not replace the SOLAS and IMDG requirements for stowage and segregation. It was intended that the guidance would enhance the requirements of these regulations.