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Measures to protect the vessel side against stevedores injury & stevedores damage
Container vessel cargo operations involve many complexities and careful consideration will need to be made for safe operation of her business. It is the responsibilty of the ship to take necessary measures to eliminate any potential danger in the working circumstances.
The procedures explained here are only indicative, not exhaustive in nature and one must always be guided by practices of good seamanship.
Stevedore damages to ship or cargo
Stevedore damage is often the cause of bad relations between Owners and Charterers.
We therefore, cannot emphasise strongly enough to be on continuous guard for stevedore damages, and if damage occurs it must be immediately recorded, and acknowledged by the responsible party. Care should be exercised with regard to promises that damage reports may be signed at the end of the discharge/loading operation, as the person who gave such assurance may not be available and his substitute knows nothing about the matter.
It must be made clear, between the stevedore company and the Master, with the assistance of the agent, of the procedure to be followed in case of damage. This should be done before starting cargo operations by establishing:
It is of the utmost importance to have a constant watch on deck, including inspection of the holds, in order to detect damages as quickly as possible, taking into consideration that one or two day old damages, may not be acknowledged by the stevedores.
- Full style, name and address of stevedore company including email address or telex number.
- If repairs will be carried out on the spot by stevedore’s own/hired repairmen, (which is preferable), if repairs can be done in a proper way, or
- If repairs will be carried out at a later stage in order to avoid unnecessary delay for the vessel. (Such papers must be very carefully prepared and should bear the stamp of the responsible company in addition to stevedore’s signature.)
At the time of occurrence of damage, please inform the management office and/or commercial operator as soon as possible. It must be stressed that the requested information is to be sent in writing in due time and prior to sailing.
Damages are to be recorded in the stevedore damage report with date/time, etc., and also in the logbook with date, time of occurrence, etc.
A stevedore damage report must be made out as follows
In all cases the charterers are to be notified in writing
- 1 original to stevedore company
- 1 copy to the relevant management office
- 1 copy to remain on board
- 1 copy to charterers/their agents
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