What are the precautions while loading bagged cargo?

  1. To prevent water damage, bagged commodities, such as cement, should be stowed away from moist cargo or cargo that sweats. Bags also must be protected from any direct contact with metal. Use mats, paper, or other protective material to protect the cargo from moisture running down the ladders, frames and
  2. When bagged cargo is loaded aboard a vessel on which no dunnage is used between the bags and wooden cargo battens, the bags should be stowed on their ends in the wings of the ship. This will prevent them from protruding over the battens and coming in contact with the moist metal of the hull plating.
  3. Do not allow the bags to overlap the stringer plates of beams or similar obstructions in the hold. If the bags are allowed to overlap, vessel motion could cut them. Vertical dunnage placed against ladders and hatch battens will normally protect the bags from falling or chafing. Cargo handlers should never use handbooks to handle paper-bagged cargo.
  4. Bagged cargo is stowed in tiers across the hold ,Cargo handlers may use any of the following three general methods for stowing bagged cargo:
    • The full bag method provides good ventilation but provides an unstable stow. Unless required for some reason, this is the least desirable method of stowing bagged cargo.
    • The half-bag method is used where floor ventilation is not important and bags are soft.
    • The cross-tier method is used at corners and outer rows to prevent collapsing or shifting of the stacks of bagged cargo.
  5. Dunnage around the ladder protects the bags. The bulkhead prevents shifting, and the cross-tier method of stowing prevents collapsing.


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