What are precautions while loading refer cargo on ships ?

  • Reefer cargo should be loaded onboard only under the supervision of a recognized surveyor,
  • cargo should not be allowed to wait for long time on the quay.
  • Set temperature must be regularly compare with manifest temperature
  • Ventilator percentage open or closed, must be regularly compare with manifest.
  • Cargo must be properly pre-cooled to its desired temperature prior to packing unless loading in a Cold Tunnel concept. (Hold should be pre-cooled to temp below the carriage temp)
  • Damp, wet and torn packages should be inspected if the cargo has deteriorated. If the cargo is fine then only it should be loaded after re-packing,
  • Refrigeration of holds should be turned on during long breaks and during meal breaks,
  • Dunnaging should be efficiently carried out so as to avoid stow collapsing into the air channels,
  • During operations, the frost formed on top of the bripe pipes should be brushed carefully. It should not fall on top of the cargo.
  • In tropical climates avoid loading in the noon. Try to load cargo during night time,
  • Upon completion of loading, the reefer chamber must be closed air tight and cooling resumed immediately.
  • Once loaded, the carg o should be covered with tarpaulin,
Note :
  1. In case of any discrepancy in temperature or ventilator settings, the local agent / booking line shall be informed and clarifications sought.
  2. Reefer chambers must be divided with air channels for each block not exceeding 3 mtrs. Channel must be atleast 10cms wide and aligned to face the cool air outlets. There should be an even gap of atleast 30 cms between the cargo top and the lowest part of the deckhead.
  3. All reefer containers on board shall be monitored by checking physically at least Twice daily (am & pm) during vessels stay in port.
  4. Damaged cargo must be rejected.


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