544 - 09/07 - Communication in the container trade - Worldwide

The MAIB concluded in its analysis into a recent incident, where a container stack collapsed on a containership, that there are shortcomings in the flow of information relating to container stowage between the shippers, planners, the loading terminal and the ship.

The MAIB also considers that the presence in the transport chain of containers that have an allowable stacking weight below the ISO standard should be highlighted by appropriate marking and coding.

While the industry recognises that the master must approve the final loading plan, in practice the pace of modern container operations is such that it is very difficult for ship's staff to maintain control of the loading plan.

The safety issues identified in this investigation report, and other published reports, identify a compelling need for a Code of Practice for the container shipping industry.

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Date21/09/2007

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