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Utmost care should be exercised when preparing the vessel’s gear and tackle for the loading and discharging operations. The general tackle must be sufficient in strength, dimension and quality. This is often calculated in advance by specialists attending to the cargo operations.

The Master should ensure that the working history of the vessel’s loading gear and tackle can be traced in records to give a clear picture of any fatigue present. Any gear or tackle showing signs of fatigue, defects or chafing should be removed from use immediately.

If tackle is supplied from ashore the Master should ensure that it is suitable and strong enough for the job. He/she should check
  • the condition of the material intended to be used
  • the tackle’s test certificates which should have been issued by recognised organisations.