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Poor cargo stowage: material damage on container

A member has reported an incident in which a freight container was delivered offshore with damaged internal contents, owing to poor stowage. When the doors of the container were opened, there was a strong smell of paint. It was discovered that heavy pipes had been loaded into the container but had not been stowed properly or lashed down. The pipes had moved during transit and had crushed part of the other cargo, including a number of cans of paint and some welding consumables.

Inside of freight container and damaged cargo
Inside of freight container and damaged cargo

Our member notes that this is a good example of the need for proper stowage and lashing. Cargo in a freight container that is not lashed down properly can easily shift during transit and damage itself or other cargo. In this example it is cans of paint, but it could easily cause a much more serious hazard of dropped or falling objects when the doors are opened, as well as a potential spill to the environment.

Safety Event

Published: 21 January 2014
Download: IMCA SF 01/14

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