Keep in mind that when you load cargo onto a ship, it is floating steadily and uprightly in the water. Once the ship starts navigating the sea, it faces outside forces that lead to six forms of motion. These motions are dangerous, particularly for ships that need cargo securing and lashing it on the open deck.
1. Harsh and grim weather settings, as well as the absence of appreciation of the different forces concerned. Some people do not consider several situations of theBeaufort wind scale that they may face at any given time. Accountable staff who are supposed to look after the cargo’s carriage occasionally fail to predict the bad weather and understand the characteristics of the ship.
2. Lack of familiarity regarding guiding suggestions and pertinent regulations. Failure to comply with the regulations or guidelines for cargo securing and lashing may lead to catastrophic results.
3. Burdens on cost control. If the economy collapses, it would lead to cost-cutting processes. This means there would be less quality in securing cargo.
4. Insufficient staff and time to finish cargo securing before departure. Because of short port turnaround time and massive paperwork, workers sometimes forget to follow the basics of handling and lashing on ships.
5. Failure to apply basic seamanship methods that could have led to complete cargo immobility. Some do not use dunnage in an effective manner or they get lashing materials surrounding sharp edges.
6. Wrong way of securing cargo, such as improperly making up wire loops and eyes. Some do not have enough understanding of the use of straps or wire slings, bulldog grips or bottleneck screws.
Incorrect cargo lashing and failure to observe the processes needed for cargo stowage on ships is hazardous to the environment, life and property at sea. Always use the right materials and methods to ensure safety.