(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The guide sets out to promote best practice and raise awareness of the risks of shipping steel cargo. It is written as a reference guide for the master, cargo officers and shore operations staff.
Steel is a high-value cargo, a cargo easily damaged by rough handling, water and moisture. When carrying steel products by sea, it is essential to ensure that neither the steel nor the ship suffers damage. Its weight presents substantial challenges with stowage and securing. The ship must be fit to receive the cargo and the cargo must be safely stowed and secured. Incorrect stowage can lead to hull and cargo damage.
Cargo damage can occur for a number of different reasons in transit or before loading. A good practice is the arrangement of preloading surveys to check the condition of finished steel before loading to ensure that bills of lading are correctly endorsed with full details of any such damage.
The below guide to the carriage of Steel Cargo focuses on correctly loading, stowing, caring for and securing steel cargoes. Its advice, if followed, will assist in the avoidance and prevention of steel cargo damage claims.
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Source: Standard Club