Preparations for the sea carriage start before loading. As many players are involved, close cooperation and communication are of utmost importance to share best practices.
To fulfil the customers’ quality requirements, there are specific instructions and practices for different types of cargo, such as cars, paper, break bulk and containers. Seasons and weather conditions must also be considered to protect cargo from e.g. snow, ice and water. Seamless cooperation with the ship’s crew, stevedores, cargo handling equipment department, sales and agencies, is essential for successful cargo handling and loss prevention activities.
Your cargo in safe hands
Finnlines’ cargo safety team is specialised in supporting safe, reliable and high-quality cargo handling onboard ships and in terminals. The team provides instructions, supervision, monitoring and training in safe cargo handling, based on national and international rules and regulations.
All cargo must be carefully fitted for stowage to ensure the safety at sea. In order to avoid problems with handling, lifting or securing cargo, it is necessary to keep in mind the importance of securng the cargo inside units. The responsibility for securing and supporting the cargo inside the unit lies mainly with the shipper. Furthermore, the shipper also has to make sure that trucks and trailers are provided with adequate securing and support points, which comply with the regulations, so that units can be lashed and supported on the vessel for sea transport.
To ensure safe sea transport, Finnlines performs continuous ad-hoc inspections to monitor securings and lashings inside the cargo units.
Cargo handling experts
A loading plan is drawn up by the port superintendent and the ship’s chief officer, but the actual loading, unloading, lashing and unlashing of cargo is carried out by stevedores as agreed with the crew. Whenever adverse weather is forecasted, additional securings and lashings are used.
During the sea voyage, the ship’s Master bears the overall responsibility for the safety of the crew, ship and cargo. The crew makes regular fire patrols on cargo decks during the voyage not only to detect possible sources of fire, but also to control temperatures, lashings, ventilation and units which contain chemicals.
Every area of cargo handling requires extensive and continuous training both ashore and at sea. Employees on each level of operation must have up-to-date knowledge of safety regulations and standards. It’s all about continuous learning and gaining new expertise.