Timber Load Lines
Special timber load lines can be used only when a ship carrying a cargo of timber on deck complies with the Load Line Rules. For the carriage of timber as deck cargo, the IMO “Code of Practice for Timber Deck Cargoes” must be followed.
The practical applications
The provisions contained in the IMO Code are recommended for all vessels of 24m or more in length engaged in the carriage of ‘timber deck cargoes’ – a phrase defined as meaning a timber cargo carried on an uncovered part of a freeboard or superstructure deck, and includes logs and sawn timber whether loose or packaged. Basically, the following factors need to be considered: