CHAPTER 2 – PRINCIPLES OF SAFE STOWAGE & SECURING OF CARGOES
2.1 SUITABILITY OF CARGO
Cargo carried in containers, road vehicles, ship borne barges, railway wagons and other cargo transport units should be packed and secured within these units so as to prevent, throughout the voyage, damage or hazard to the ship, to the persons on board and to the marine environment.
2.2 CARGO DISTRIBUTION
2.2.1 It is of utmost importance that the master takes great care in planning and supervising the stowage and securing of cargoes in order to prevent cargo sliding, tipping, racking, collapsing, etc.
2.2.2 The cargo should be distributed so as to ensure that the stability of the ship throughout the entire voyage remains within acceptable limits so that the hazards of excessive accelerations are reduced as far as practicable.
2.2.3 Cargo distribution should be such that the structural strength of the ship is not adversely affected.
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