Answers to Test your shipping knowledge – Week 02/2009
- Which would be more difficult to pack in a 20’ gp – 20 tons of steel rods or 20 tons of cotton wool.. Why..??
(20 tons of cotton wool.. why..?? because 20′ containers are primarily designed to carry heavy cargo and not optimised for volumetric cargo.. cotton wool will take up more space in the 20′ container before it reaches the 20 ton weight..)
- If I say, “towards the front of the container”, which side of the container am I talking about..??
(that would be the end opposite to the doors.. this is sometimes also referred to as “nose”..)
- If there are 2 seals on a container, which seal number must I as a line or agent take into account as the important one..??
(in a container there are two doors.. the left door must be closed first before the right door is closed.. so if there is a seal on the left door and a seal on the right door, the seal on the right door is considered to the more important one because this seal would have to be broken first in order to gain entry into the container)
- What is the difference between Multi-Modal, Through Bill of Lading and Inter-Modal..??
(In general, all three (also known as combined transport bill of lading) are bills of lading covering cargo that uses multiple modes of transport – rail, road, sea.. Through bill of lading differs slightly because here the carrier (or whoever issues the bill of lading) is liable and responsible for areas of carriage that is controlled by them..)
- What is the full form of EMS & MFAG No. in the Hazardous Packing Declaration..??
(EMS = Emergency Medical Schedule & MFAG = Medical and First Aid Guide.. This is usually what the ships crew would refer to in case of any accidents or incidences with the haz cargo on board.. Therefore it is highly imperative that these are filled in correctly.. Also refer to my article on Hazardous Cargo in this blog..)
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