What is code of safe practice for carrying timber deck cargoes or TDC code on ships , its purpose and contents?

This Code apply to all ships of 24 metres or more in length, carrying a timber deck cargo.

The Code provides:

  1. Practices for safe transportation;
  2. Methodologies for safe stowage and securing;
  3. Design principles for securing systems;
  4. Guidance for developing procedures and instructions to be included in ships’ cargo securing manuals on safe stowage and securing; and
  5. Sample checklists for safe stowage and securing.
Purpose of this code:-

The purpose of the Code is to ensure that timber deck cargoes are loaded, stowed and secured to prevent, as far as practicable, throughout the voyage, damage or hazard to the ship and persons on board as well as loss of cargo overboard.

In other way we can explain purpose of the code as:

The purpose of this Code is to assist:

  1. Shipowners, charterers, operating companies and ships’ crew for the safe carriage of timber deck cargoes.
  2. Port industries, shippers and pre-packaging organizations, which are involved in preparation, loading, and stowing of timber deck cargoes; and

Administrations, manufacturers and designers of ships and equipment associated with the carriage of timber deck cargoes and those developing cargo securing manuals, in the carriage of timber deck cargoes

Contents of the code are:

CHAPTER 1 – GENERAL

1.1 Purpose
1.2 Application
1.3 Definitions

PART A – OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

CHAPTER 2 – GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS ON STOWAGE AND SECURING OF TIMBER DECK CARGOES

2.1 Goals
2.2 Pre-loading operation
2.3 Permitted loading weights on decks and hatch covers
2.4   Stability
2.5   Load line
2.6   Timber freeboard
2.7   Visibility
2.8   Work safety and work environment aspect
2.9  Stowage
2.10 Securing
2.11 Post-loading operation
2.12 Voyage planning
2.13 Cargo Securing Manual

CHAPTER 3 – VISIBILITY

CHAPTER 4 – PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF TIMBER CARGOES

4.1  Stowage factors
4.2  Friction factors
4.3 Plastic covers
4.4 Package marking
4.5 Water absorption
4.6 Weight of ice
4.7 Rigidity of sawn wood packages

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