What is code of safe practice for ships carrying Timber Deck Cargoes?


 The Code of Safe Practice for Ships Carrying Timber Deck Cargoes was first developed by the Organization in 1972 and subsequently amended in 1978.

The Code was revised by IMO resolution A.715(17) – Code of Safe Practice for Ships Carrying Timber Deck Cargoes, 1991, which was adopted on 6 November 1991.

This Code is based on the previous Code, which has been revised and amended in order to reflect the capability of today’s ships and the equipment available on board and also taking expected future innovations in mind.

This Code is designed to assist:

 Ship owners, charterers, operating companies and ships’ crew;

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.

This Code is directed primarily at providing recommendations for the safe carriage of timber deck cargoes.


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.

 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.
This code is applicable to :

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

Cargo securing of timber deck cargoes should be in accordance with the requirements in the ship’s Cargo Securing Manual (CSM), based on the principles in chapter 5 or chapter 6 of Part B of this Code

 The Master should note that national requirements may exist which may restrict the application of either chapter 5 or chapter 6, and these may also require third party inspections to ensure that the cargo has been properly secured according to the ship’s cargo securing manual.


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