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[post_content] => Those shipping packaged dangerous goods by sea are often frustrated by unforeseen restrictions. The International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code is a long and complex manual to work with, although at least it does set out the provisions applicable to dangerous goods of all classes when moving by sea, and also the complex stowage and segregation provisions that carriers have to observe.
Shippers do face problems at the interface between land and sea transport, not least in the area of the placarding of containers with some dangerous goods, but even when they have classified, packaged, labelled and documented their goods in accordance with the IMDG Code they can still face delays to their shipment. Often this is to do with the specific restrictions imposed by ports around the world; liner carriers take pains to ensure that their vessels do not get delayed simply because they have the ‘wrong’ cargo onboard, as that can prove extremely expensive.
Container lines generally collate their own lists of restrictions in relation to house policies, shipowner policies, ship constraints and restrictions applied at ports/terminals of loading, transit, transhipment and discharge. This approach is inconsistent, hugely burdensome and delivers no competitive advantage.
ALL IN IT TOGETHER
For many years, many of the major container shipping lines have relied on the Hazcheck software system from Exis Technologies to ensure that dangerous goods are being shipped and carried in accordance with the IMDG Code. Recently, Exis has been working on a way to incorporate those port restrictions into the system, as well as carrier, ship and partner line restrictions, which should simplify the end-to-end management of the dangerous goods booking process.
This system, the Hazcheck Restrictions Portal, has now moved into an implementation phase, a development that was announced at the Multimodal 2018 event in Birmingham, UK at the start of May. With the support of two leading mutual insurers, the TT Club and UK P&I Club, the Portal concentrates on urging container lines, ports and terminals to upload information on their dangerous goods handling policies and restrictions, improving visibility for shippers, forwarders and others involved in the consignment and movement of such goods.
“As recent incidents of onboard fires have shown, the cocktail of dangerous goods [on a container ship] can have catastrophic effects,” says Peregrine Storrs-Fox, TT Club’s risk management director. “There are numerous issues involved, but the business case to engage with a uniform data process is clear. All supply chain stakeholders benefit from improving clarity for carriage by sea; the most urgent need is for the port/terminal community to commit to upload and maintain the relevant data via the Exis portal.”
UK P&I Club’s Stuart Edmonston is equally supportive: “We are delighted to collaborate with Exis in promoting the work on this portal. Clearer information on how dangerous goods should be correctly handled and shipped is vital in avoiding loss of life and damage to ships and cargo at sea. Our recently published guide Book it right and pack it tight
also encourages best practice for packing dangerous goods for carriage by sea.”
Simple comparisons demonstrate that there are material differences in understanding and interpreting the way that port/terminal prohibitions, restrictions and additional requirements operate. Exis Technologies is encouraging stakeholders to take advantage of this new opportunity to make their own rules and regulations clearer to users of shipping and port services.
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Containers: Pass the port
Shippers are often frustrated by restrictions imposed by ports and terminals over and above the IMDG Code; a solution is near at hand