CENTRO INTERNAZIONALE STUDI CONTAINERS
ANNO XXXVIII - Numero LUGLIO 2020
TECHNOLOGY - RESEARCH
HOW TO AVOID CONTAINER INCIDENTS?
A new White Paper urges counter measures against the increasing
number of container-related incidents caused by poorly stowed,
undeclared or misdeclared dangerous cargoes.
The National Cargo Bureau (NCB) - a US inspection body
authorised to certify compliance with dangerous goods regulations -
reports that a recent inspection initiative revealed an alarming
number of containers carried by sea include misdeclared dangerous
cargoes that represent a serious safety risk to crew, vessel and the
The inspection also showed that 55% of containers were
non-compliant with 43% failing to secure dangerous goods correctly
within the container itself. Approximately 6.5% of containers
carrying dangerous cargoes had been misdeclared.
It has been reported that, on average, a containership suffers a
major fire every 60 days. However, in 2019 there were nine major
containership fires reported suggesting that the frequency of
incidents is increasing. (mw)
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