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Gard Guidance Masters GENERAL

Whilst the normal place for stowage of cargo on non-container vessels is in the holds, the vessel may nevertheless be required to carry cargo on deck. Such cargo may be voluminous, heavy lift cargo or dangerous goods classified under the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code.

If any cargo is intended to be carried on deck the Master should ascertain that
  • deck stowage is permitted by the shipper
  • the particular cargo is suitable for carriage on deck
  • the vessel is properly equipped to carry the cargo on deck
  • the deck and/or hatch covers are strong enough
  • it is customary to carry the cargo on deck
  • the bill of lading will be appropriately claused to reflect carriage on deck and to exempt the Company from liability for damage/loss.