Jurong Port Pte Ltd has launched a global publication on Best Practice Guidelines for Stowage and Securing of Steel Cargo to spearhead improvements for steel cargo handling in the ports. This set of industry best practice guidelines has received global support from port authorities, shipping associations, maritime insurance groups and regional ports who have participated in the drive for enhanced safety best practices.
In the course of this initiative which started in early 2017, Jurong Port partnered international marine consultant, Brookes Bell, and the Witherby Publishing Group in this endeavour. The publication provides comprehensive guidelines on loading, stowage and securing, and advice on bundling, lashing, dunnage for various types of steel cargo such as rebars, coils, plates, pipes, structural steel etc, offering guidance that can help overcome years of overlooked shortcomings in stowage of steel products onboard cargo vessels that has caused safety and productivity concerns during cargo discharge operations.
“We saw the need to find practical solutions given that the steel remains an important import for Singapore as it is a key commodity in the construction, ship and rig building segments of Singapore’s economy. Through continuous engagements with stakeholders, we realised that we shared common insights, challenges and concerns on poor stowage and securing of steel cargoes with other ports in the region,” says Mr Samuel Siew, President, Multipurpose Port. “With the support and endorsement of port authorities, associations and neighbouring ports, Jurong Port hopes that our contribution will help bring about a safer work environment for stevedores and port workers. By working with like-minded partners, these guidelines aim to provide clear guidance to every stakeholder along the maritime supply chain, ensuring heightened awareness of current shortcomings with practical solutions explained with schematics and pictorials.”