What are information provided by shipper to ship master for loading of timber deck cargo?

The following information as applicable for each parcel of cargo should be provided by the shipper and collected by the master or his representative:

  • total amount of cargo intended as deck cargo;
  • typical dimensions of the cargo;
  • number of bundles;
  • density of the cargo;
  • stowage factor of the cargo;
  • racking strength for packaged cargo;
  • type of cover of packages and whether non-slip type; and
  • relevant coefficients of friction including covers of sawn wooden packages if applicable.

Pre-loading plan according to the ship’s Trim and Stability Book should be done and the following should be calculated and checked:

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