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Gard Guidance Masters FLAT RACKS

If flat racks are loaded, the Master should ensure that the cargo on these units is properly lashed, secured and protected against external elements. This includes locating a suitable stowage position to avoid damage by the impact of waves. If the Master is in any doubt as to whether the cargo on the flat racks is sufficiently lashed, he/she should call the Company to arrange for a surveyor to attend and check the securing of the cargo on the flat racks. Tarpaulins, if in use, should be tight and not torn and need to be checked and adjusted at regular intervals during the voyage. These checks should be recorded.