What are guidelines for loading Timber Deck cargo ?

  • All securing equipment should be laid out -visual examinations at intervals not exceeding 12 months.( prudent inspect before use)
  • All equipment, such as shackles, marked and certification in order.
  • weld additional securing points, such as eye-plates, if required.
  • Outboard ends of lashings secured to eye-plates before loading
  • Test vessel stiffness by resulting movement of ship using cargo lift.
  • Protect ventilators, air pipes, sounding pipes, winches and-similar dock appliances.
  • When necessary, lay dunnage (3 x 12m) at l m apart.
  • All hatch covers, watertight doors, and means of securing air pipes and ventilators within area to secure before loading commence.
  • Neatly stow the timber, interlocks within each layer. Do not “stack”timber piece on piece as this will not ensure compact stow.
  • after the initial securing of the cargo, ” tightening devices should be capable of further tightening for use on the voyage.
  • lashings and other securing arrangements frequently inspected on passage 
  • A record of inspections and tightening of lashings should be kept.
  • On a long voyage it may he necessary to re-coat wire lashings with a suitable anti-corrosion compound.
  • Chock each tier, fill gaps with loose timber
  • Fence off openings to prevent accidents
  • Ladders or steps provided from deck to top of cargo
  • Generally stow cargo F & A to facilitate lashing
  • Distribute weight evenly and avoid excessive height
  • Examine slip hooks – ensure cannot work loose
  • No cargo protruding at outboard edges of stow- interfere lashings
  • Check stability before completion of loading


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