The proper stowage and
securing of cargoes is of the utmost importance for the safety of life at sea.
Improper stowage and securing of cargoes has resulted in numerous serious ship
casualties and caused injury and loss of life, not only at sea but also during
loading and discharge.
incidents in transport are attributed to poor practices in the packing of cargo
transport units, including inadequate securing of the cargo within the cargo
transport units, overloading and incorrect declaration of contents. This is of
major concern particularly because the victims may be the general public or
transport and supply chain workers, who generally have no control over the
packing of such units.
In order to deal with
the problems and hazards arising from improper stowage and securing of certain
cargoes on ships and improper packing of cargo transport units, the IMO has
developed, in cooperation with other UN agencies where appropriate, the codes