Carriage of dangerous goods by sea – documentation requirements
Dangerous Goods, Hazardous Cargo – whatever it is known as, these cargoes, as the word implies, have a very sensitive role in the shipping spectrum.. It is equally important to ensure that the proper process is followed with regards to the hazardous application and acceptance of the same.. I have already written several articles about hazardous cargoes on this blog about dangerous goods and the consequences of not following the processes etc..
In this topic, i will discuss the hazardous cargo application and acceptance process in detail and also provide some formats that you can use..
The process of DG request and acceptance that is followed is as below : (if the below image is unclear click on it to enlarge)
Below are the “generic” formats that maybe used for the dangerous goods request and declaration.. There is an explanation document also, that will help you to fill up these documents required for the shipment of dangerous goods..
- Dangerous Goods Request Format
- Explanation on how to fill the Dangerous Goods Request Format
- Dangerous Goods Declaration & Packing Certificate Format
- Explanation on how to fill the Dangerous Goods Declaration Format
- Examples of Hazardous cargo labels
These documents are based on the IMO, MARPOL and SOLAS recommendations.. You can use these as a standard format or customise it to include any changes that you might need to make as long as the basic skeleton remains the same as set out by the IMO.. In most cases you might need to follow the formats provided by the various shipping lines as each line has its own requirement and these must always be respected and followed..
It is of utmost importance that these documents are filled up precisely and as correctly as possible.. The life of the ships crew, port workers, transporters, the loading of your cargo and the safety of the ship itself depends on how these documents are filled up as the shipping line has no way of verifying what is packed in the containers, and have to base everything on what is updated in these documents..
All fields in these documents have a purpose and are required to be filled in at the time of application and declaration.. So please do not skip anything as it will only waste your time, your clients time and the shipping lines time in back and forth communications regarding the acceptance or loading of these dangerous goods..