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Close contact, mutual confidence and trust are required between shipboard and shorebased personnel during cargo operations. Failure of a single loading device may result in the loading gear collapsing or the heavy lift cargo falling with the risk of fatal or serious personal injury.

If personnel from ashore is unable to communicate properly, the Master should insist on their replacement.

Close co-operation and exchange of information between all personnel involved, including engine room personnel is essential when ballast operations are required to maintain the vessel’s stability. Properly functioning communication equipment is essential as well as commands given in a clear language.

Wind and swell conditions need to be considered, especially if loading on the roads.

Prior to loading, the strength of the securing points on the lift and the centre of gravity on the lift need to be verified.