The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is launching an inspection campaign targeting cargo securing arrangements on containerships visiting Australia.
AMSA inspections discovered that the improper stacking and securing of cargo, as well as poor maintenance of securing equipment are likely to have been contributing factors to these incidents.
Michael Drake, acting GM of operations at AMSA, says vessels visiting Australia must ensure they fully comply with the international standards relating to cargo securing laid out in Chapter VI of the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention.
“We have seen the serious consequence of improper cargo securing arrangements in the form of tonnes plastics and other debris washing up on our beautiful beaches and floating in our oceans,” Drake said. “Rusted cargo securing points, improper lashings and exceeding stack weight limits have all contributed to these incidents and ship operators should be on notice that non-compliance will not be tolerated in Australia.”
The inspection campaign will run from August 1 through to October 31, and will involve both port state control inspections and stand-alone inspections.