Almost all seafarers have been subjected to hard weather, and they are well aware of the impact and forces that can occur at sea. When the ship starts to pitch and roll in heavy seas, it is obvious that the consequences of such can be severe if the cargo is not correctly stowed and secured. In harsh weather conditions, if necessary, the speed should be reduced, and the course altered. Such precautions may decrease the level of stress, both to cargo and the ship’s structure, by avoiding large movements and heavy exposure to green sea on deck.
This course is intended to provide the user with a general understanding of the need for and the basic principles of proper cargo securing onboard vessels. The course consists of seven chapters followed by control questions.
The course focuses on increasing the knowledge of the forces acting on cargo at sea and the potential consequences of cargo shifting. It also focuses on the strength and proper usage of cargo securing equipment, as well as methods for assessing the suitability of cargo securing arrangements. This course has been updated as of October 2022 to reflect new working practices and expand the information.
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