Marine Safety inspectors, in their capacity as inspectors of cargo (formerly Port Wardens), may be called upon to examine and verify compliance with applicable regulations, as well as to investigate for possible infractions of the regulations.
Improper loading resulting in structural damage, improper stability and cargo shift can be avoided by adhering to established rules and practices.
Measures to counter these problems have been adopted at both national and international levels.
The Code of Safe Practice for Cargo Stowage and Securing (CSS Code) was adopted by the IMO Assembly to provide an international standard to promote the safe stowage and securing of cargoes.
Regulation 5 of Chapter VI of SOLAS deals with special precautions on loading, stowage and securing of cargoes to prevent damage or hazards to the ship and the persons on board.
TP 2072, Deck Cargo Safety Code applies to the loading and carriage of any cargo loaded on any exposed deck, other than timber deck cargo, on every ship in Canadian waters.
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