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Dangerous Cargo Documentation in Container ship

Documents relating to dangerous (DG) cargo on board are subject to scrutiny by port officials, PSC inspectors and other concerned parties. Thus any irregularities in such documentation may result in fines, detention or other such serious implications for the vessel.

DG cargo require special care after they are loaded on board ship. The containers carrying DG cargo need proper documentation. The article here is about procedures and guidelines on such cargo documents.

Documentation related to the carriage of Dangerous Cargo on board container ships will mainly consist of the following:

1) The vessel must be in possession of a valid Document of compliance with special requirements for ships carrying dangerous goods. The appendix to this document will contain information indicating class wise allowable locations for stowage of dangerous goods on board.

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2) Each dangerous cargo shipment shall be accompanied by a Dangerous Goods List or Manifest. This manifest shall be set out in accordance to the pertinent regulation of SOLAS and MARPOL conventions and the IMDG code. DG Manifests shall be filed on board and maintained load port wise.



3) Each dangerous cargo shipment shall also be accompanied by a Dangerous Goods Declaration.
This is a signed certificate or declaration that the consignment, as offered for carriage, is properly packaged, marked, labeled or placarded as appropriate and in proper condition for carriage.

This declaration may be combined with the container packing certificate as required by the pertinent regulation of SOLAS and MARPOL conventions and the IMDG code. DG Declarations shall be filed on board and maintained discharge port wise.

4) When dangerous goods are carried on board, appropriate information shall be immediately available at all times for use in emergency response to accidents and incidents involving dangerous goods in transport.
This information may be in the form of separate documents, safety data sheets or the Emergency Response Procedures for Ships Carrying Dangerous Goods (EMS Guide) for use in conjunction with the transport document and the Medical First Aid Guide for Use in Accidents Involving Dangerous Goods (MFAG).

5) Where required for reporting to port authorities, the Chief Officer shall prepare an updated dangerous cargo list. This list shall contain at least the following information: Stow position, Container number, Line operator, Port of loading / discharge, DG class, UN number, proper shipping name, weight, flash point and EMS. Such list for reporting to authorities shall be made with utmost caution.

6) The Chief Officer shall prepare a copy of the dangerous cargo stowage plan (indicating DG class & location) along with a dangerous cargo list (indicating Location, Container number, DG class and UN number), and these along with any special guidelines from shippers, shall be kept on Bridge (for ready reference of the watch keeping officer) and in Fire wallets at gangways.

7) The Chief Officer obtain Container packing certificate from shipper or agent. Certificate indicating correct loading of a dangerous goods container and the observance of the regulations set out in the IMDG Code (International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code). The container packing certificate is issued by the person responsible for packing the container.


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