A Masters Guide to the Carriage of Steel Cargo

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January 2019

A Masters Guide to the Carriage of Steel Cargo

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This guide focuses on correct loading, stowage, care and securing of steel cargoes. Its guidance assists ship Masters in the avoidance and prevention of steel cargo damage claims.

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This guide discusses steel cargo surveys and bills of lading. It explains various types of steel cargo damage and describes how these should be reported on a bill of lading. Detailed guidance is provided on steel coils and ship strength, with reference to the common structural rules. Photographs and diagrams illustrate the stresses posed by different stowage configurations and there is a useful checklist of ‘dos and don’ts’ when loading steel cargo. The book is appended with detailed case studies, the first examining a claim for damaged cargo and the second a claim due to poor dunnage.

Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Steel manufacture
Chapter 3 Basic advice
Chapter 4 Steel commonly shipped by sea
Chapter 5 Steel cargo surveys
Chapter 6 Bills of lading
Chapter 7 Steel coils and ships’ strength
Chapter 8 Principles of stowage
Chapter 9 Principles of securing
Chapter 10 Cargo officer’s duties during steel cargo loading/discharge
Chapter 11 Ship husbandry and steel cargo
Chapter 12 Safety when working with steel

Appendix A Case study 1 – damaged cargo and clean bills of lading
Appendix B Case study 2 – poor dunnage

Loading checklist

Steel is a high value cargo, a cargo easily damaged by rough handling, water and moisture. When carrying steel products by sea, it is essential to ensure that neither the steel nor the ship suffers damage. Its weight presents substantial challenges with stowage and securing. The ship must be fit to receive the cargo and the cargo must be safely stowed and secured.


Incorrect stowage can lead to hull and cargo damage. Cargo damage can occur for various reasons in transit or before loading. The Standard Club arranges preloading surveys to check the condition of finished steel before loading and ensure that bills of lading are correctly endorsed with full details of any such damage.


This guide therefore focuses on correctly loading, stowing, caring for and securing steel cargoes. Its advice, if followed, will assist in the avoidance and prevention of steel cargo damage claims.

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Title: A Masters Guide to the Carriage of Steel Cargo
Edition: Second
Number of Pages: 37
Product Code: WS1661K
Published Date: January 2019
Binding Format: Paperback
Book Height: 297 mm
Book Width: 210 mm
Book Spine: 5 mm
Weight: 0.25 kg
Author: The Standard Club UK Ltd

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