Getting your load ready

Strait Shipping stows and secures freight cargo in accordance with the appropriate requirements of the IMO Code of Practice for Cargo Stowage and Securing. Below we take a look at some of the things that you need to do in order to prepare your load for shipment. Customers who do not comply with these requirements may be refused access on board our vessels by the ship's master so please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

 Providing us with information

If you intend to ship a cargo unit of 3.5 tonnes or more gross mass with us, you must provide us with details of the gross mass of the cargo unit and any special properties of that cargo (including details of any dangerous goods) in advance of loading. It is important that the gross mass of that cargo unit is the same as the gross mass declared.

 Packing and securing your load

You need to ensure that cargo carried in a cargo unit is packed and secured into the unit so as to prevent damage or hazard to our ships and hazard to any persons on board the ship, throughout the voyage.

It is therefore very important to ensure that every person who is responsible for packing your shipment is trained and familiar with—

(a) the forces likely to be experienced by your shipment during transport at sea

(b) the basic principles of cargo packing and securing;

(c) the environmental risks during shipping;

(d) the properties and any inherent hazards in respect of the cargoes being packed; and

(e) any symbols, labelling and documentation relating to cargoes being packed.

You must also ensure that a container is not loaded to more than the maximum gross weight indicated on the container’s Safety Approval Plate.

 Road Freight

NZ Maritime Law requires all heavy vehicles with a gross mass of 3.5 tonnes or more in weight to be lashed to the ship’s deck to prevent movement while the vessel is at sea.  So if you’re shipping a road freight vehicle, road tank vehicle, or road livestock vehicle it needs to be:

(a) fitted with vehicle securing points in accordance with Part 2 of NZS 5444:2005; and

(b) marked with an information plate in accordance with Part 2 of NZS 5444:2005.

 Portable tanks

(1) The shipper must not offer for shipment any portable tank that is—

(a) not capable of being safely lifted on and off a ship; or

(b) in a condition liable to produce an unacceptable hydraulic force due to surge within the tank.



Disclaimer: The information above has been taken from the current consolidated version of Maritime Rules Part 24B document produced by Maritime New Zealand, and serves as a reference for our customers only. This document has been compiled from the official rules that have been signed into law by the Minister of Transport. Copies of the official rule and amendments as signed by the Minister of Transport may be downloaded from the Maritime New Zealand website.

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