IMO says no to cargo-securing certificates

– We want to introduce a cargo-securing certificate but have not got any support for the idea from IMO, says Patrik Granstam from the Swedish Maritime Administration, who is currently working with a compendium of instructions for lashing cargo.
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– We want to introduce a cargo-securing certificate but have not got any support for the idea from IMO, says Patrik Granstam from the Swedish Maritime Administration, who is currently working with a compendium of instructions for lashing cargo.

Patrik Granstam is a shipbuilder and works with cargo securing issues at the Administration. He believes that a cargo-securing certificate should be introduced. The certificate would include transportation on sea and land and would ensure that goods on carriers are correctly secured. But when the Swedish delegation put forward the proposal at an IMO meeting, the reception was cool.
– It probably failed due to the administrative burden that it would involve. For a ship with several thousand containers, it would involve an enormous amount of administration. But we are going to take up the proposal again, says Patrik Granstam.
More accessible rules
Meanwhile he is occupied with summarising the current cargo securing regulations for the Swedish Maritime Administration. By creating a compilation, the rules for cargo securing of and in load carriers, including bulk loads, will be more accessible to users. In this compendium there will also be a clear reference to the CSS code (Cargo Stowage Security), which contains IMO non-binding recommendations for securing cargo.
– We want cargo securing to come up to at least the standard in the CSS code. But we do not wish to interfere in how that is achieved, says Patrik Granstam.
Linda Sundgren

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