Cause and effect of incorrect hazardous declaration and what needs to be done to avoid it

IMDG Code book

In the IMDG Code, many actions are listed but the responsibility to carry out that action may not be specifically assigned to any particular person.

The IMDG Code does however assign responsibilities to named persons or entities in certain cases, such as;

  1. Shipper: for classification, assigning proper shipping name, packaging, marking, labelling, placarding, dangerous goods declaration
  2. Packer: for packing of CTU and related responsibilities.
  3. Master: of the vessel- responsibilities under SOLAS Chapter VII Part A & MARPOL Annex III
  4. Competent Authorities: for granting exemptions and approvals

No one knows what is inside the box; everyone depends on the dangerous goods declaration.

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What are the major reasons for misdeclared or undeclared dangerous goods?

All about hazardous cargo

In the past few years, we have seen a large number of maritime disasters such as catastrophic fires onboard ships mostly due to misdeclared and undeclared dangerous goods.

Some of the vessels which had major fires in the year 2019 are Yantian Express, APL Vancouver, E.R. Kobe, Grande America, KMTC Hong Kong, APL Le Havre.

Most of the cases involving leakage, fires, cargo damage is linked to undeclared, misdeclared or poorly packed containers.

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