Steel is a high-value cargo that is easily damaged by rough handling, water and moisture. Its weight presents substantial challenges for stowage and securing, and incorrect practices may lead to costly hull and cargo damage. Cargo damage may also occur in transit or before loading. This Guide from the Standard Club highlights the main causes of steel cargo damage and gives practical guidance on how to avoid them. Following this advice will assist in the avoidance and prevention of steel cargo damage claims.
The Guide discusses steel cargo surveys and bills of lading. It illustrates various types of steel cargo damage and describes how this damage should be reported on a bill of lading.
Detailed guidance is provided on steel coils and ship strength, with reference to the common structural rules. Colour photographs and diagrams illustrate the stresses posed by different stowage configurations.
There are separate chapters on the principles of stowage and the principles of securing. Topics covered include preparation of the hold; stowage of coils, coiled wire rope, flat products, long products and pipes; and the use of lashings and dunnage. There is a useful checklist of dos and don’ts when loading steel cargo.
Finally, the book covers ship husbandry, hatch covers, stability, humidity, etc.
The Appendices present two detailed case studies, the first examining a claim for damaged cargo and the second a claim due to poor dunnage.