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Gard Guidance Masters


In the event of loss of or damage to the cargo the following evidence should be obtained

  • date, vessel’s time, UTC (Co-ordinated Universal Time) and location of the incident
  • weather and visibility at the time of the incident (keep any weather records)
  • description of the events leading up to the incident
  • description of the cargo affected, e.g. commodity, numbers, marks, packing, weight
  • description of the nature and extent of the loss of or damage to the cargo
  • description of stowage place
  • description of type, size and pattern of lashings applied
  • description of who performed the lashing
  • location of the cargo concerned (if already discharged ashore)
  • description of vessel’s gear, tackle or equipment involved or used during the incident
  • broken or damaged vessel’s equipment
  • broken or damaged lashing material used
  • names and contact details of persons and their employers involved in the incident, including vessel’s crew involved
  • names and contact details of eye witnesses to the incident, including vessel’s crew involved
  • eye witness statements, including vessel’s crew involved
  • statements by cargo interests
  • specific stowage, carriage, ventilation or handling instructions from third parties, e.g. supercargo and/or cargo interests
  • photographs or video of the incident or the damaged cargo
  • sketches and drawings including measurements and distances
  • cargo samples – please also see section 2.12.9 Cargo sampling dry solid cargo.