Tracking hazardous cargo misdeclarations in real time

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Cargo misdeclaration is nothing new to shipping and has been continuing for years especially in containerised shipments for various reasons..

Apart from the loss of millions of dollars worth of goods and assets, such misdeclarations also result in maritime disasters which have a huge impact on the environment and the loss of life (human or otherwise)..

There are enough examples of the consequences due to misdeclarations both in misdeclaration in weight and/or misdeclaration of hazardous content..

To tackle the scourge of weight misdeclaration, IMO and other stakeholders imposed the requirement of SOLAS VGM which came into effect in July 2016..

While life after SOLAS VGM seems to be hunky-dory and no major incidents have directly attributed to weight misdeclarations, hazardous cargo misdeclaration still seems to be rampant and several shipping lines are “gatvol” of these misdeclarations and have imposed severe financial penalties on the defaulters..

ZIM recently developed and implemented an innovative AI-based screening software to detect and identify incidents of misdeclared hazardous cargo before loading to vessel..

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Pitfalls of digitalisation in shipping and freight

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Digitisation, Digitalisation, Digital Transformation are some buzz words that have recently taken the shipping and freight industry by storm..

Let’s take a quick look at what these terms mean and what it is all about..

While Digitalisation is inevitable in the industry, there are also some pitfalls and you can read about the pitfalls and how to avoid it here..

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The process of hazardous cargo approval, acceptance and shipment

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On this blog there are many articles relating to hazardous goods or dangerous goods, various types of hazardous cargoes and other information relating to the shipping of this special cargo..

It all begins with a hazardous cargo approval and in this article, I will explain how the hazardous cargo approval and cargo acceptance process works between the customer and the shipping line..

It is imperative that the shipper and all parties involved in the transportation of hazardous goods follow the due processes for the acceptance of hazardous cargo and do due diligence before approval of hazardous cargo as many lives depend on this..

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What are the mandatory details required for the transportation of hazardous cargo by road..??

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Hazardous goods can be defined as materials or items with hazardous properties which if not properly controlled, may present a potential hazard to human and animal health and safety, the environment and infrastructure..

Hazardous goods must be classified, packaged, marked, labelled and packed as per the regulations set out by the IMDG Code by the International Maritime Organisation and also needs to be handled with utmost care and consideration of its dangerous nature..

Any misdeclaration, miscommunication or incorrect documentation could have severe consequences and could prove disastrous to human lives on shore or on a ship..

We all need to understand that Dangerous Goods or Hazardous Goods have been given this name for a reason..

In this article we discuss the mandatory details required for the transportation of hazardous cargo by road.. Are the transporters taking these requirements seriously..?? Join the discussion..

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What is Dangerous Goods

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Dangerous goods (also referred to as Hazardous Cargo) means the substances, materials and articles that are covered by the IMDG Code and is cargo that is considered to be hazardous because of its flammable, corrosive, poisonous nature or other properties..

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Dangerous goods movement procedure in South African ports

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Transnet National Ports Authority in South Africa has released procedures for movement of hazardous cargoes in port areas, classing dangerous goods for stay within the port..

The ports covered are Richards Bay, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Ngqura, East London, Mossel Bay, Cape Town & Saldanha Bay

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Eugen Maersk fire revives concerns about misdeclared cargo

A valid concern regarding the declaration and stowage of cargo on container ships.. There have been far too many incidents of late relating to ship accidents as can be seen from below infographic provided courtesy of WWF..                     Carrier investigates whether box contents listed as household goods were hazardous. A FIRE that … Read more here..

Vehicles with combustion engines to be shipped as Hazardous cargo

Vehicles with combustion engines to be shipped as Hazardous cargo It has been advised that as per IMDG Code Amendment 35, effective 1st January 2012, all equipment fitted with an internal combustion engine will fall within the scope of the IMDG Code and must be notified to carriers as dangerous goods, UN 3166, Class 9.. A dangerous goods declaration and … Read more here..

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