18.104.22.168 CARGO TACKLE
If the vessel has to supply cargo slings, wires, nets, spreaders and other
tackle, the Master must before use ensure that
the crew carry out a careful check of the tackle and its condition
under the supervision of a responsible officer
corroded, apparently unfit or otherwise defective tackle is removed
and not used.
Even if the vessel’s tackle is only used once, the consequences may
be fatal if a wire parts, a spreader is out of alignment, or the tackle is
not strong enough to lift the load. During cargo operations
constant monitoring is required of the state and condition of the
cargo tackle used. Stevedores are sometimes less careful if the tackle belongs
to the vessel rather than the stevedoring company
defective tackle should be removed immediately and replaced with new.
If the cargo handling gear is damaged, the Master should immediately bring
the matter to the attention of the stevedores’ foreman and serve a written
protest. The Master should also advise the Company and the charterers.