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Container ship Cargo Securing Devices - How to use appropriate Lashing Gear

Cargo securing devices basically consist of portable securing devices and fixed securing devices. Regular inspection and maintenance of ships cargo securing devices must be carried out. These would include routine visual examination of components being utilized, lubrication of securing devices, repair of damaged securing devices and separating out and rejecting damaged/unusable securing devices.

An appropriate number of portable securing devices shall always be kept on board. Usually the number of securing devices required on board is governed by figures provided in the vessels cargo securing manual (for max capacity loading). Alternatively if the vessel operator requires a smaller quantity of cargo securing devices to be maintained on board, then that quantity shall be maintained.

The consideration in such case is usually the amount of cargo being carried in the given trade. However in any case, cargo that cannot be secured in accordance with the requirements of the Cargo Securing Manual due to shortage of securing devices shall not be carried.

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A proper inventory and inspection report for securing devices as required by the vessels cargo securing manual shall be periodically prepared and forwarded to the vessel operator.



Securing devices not belonging to the vessel must not be used as they may not conform to the vessels Cargo Securing Manual. There is a perennial problem of right hand and left hand twist locks finding their way on board the vessel and this can undermine the integrity of the securing arrangement.

The vessel must only have One Type of Twist lock and all of the vessels Twist locks must be painted for easy identification.

Defective securing devices shall as far as possible be repaired on board and if not possible then these shall be condemned. Shortfall of cargo securing devices shall be reported through the inventory and inspection report and requisition raised to make good such shortfall.


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