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What are the master's obligations under The Merchant Shipping (Carriage of Cargoes) Regulations with respect to stowage and securing of cargo?

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To ensure that: (1) cargo and cargo units carried on or under deck are loaded, stowed and secured so as to prevent as far as practicable, throughout the voyage, damage or hazard to the ship or the persons on board, and loss of cargo overboard; 

(2) appropriate precautions are taken during loading and transport of heavy cargoes or cargoes with abnormal physical dimensions to ensure that no structural damage to the ship occurs and to maintain adequate stability throughout the voyage; (3) appropriate precautions are taken during loading and transport of cargo units on board ro-ro ships, especially with regard to the securing arrangements on board such ships and on the cargo units and with regard to the strength of the securing points and lashings; (4) cargo on board all ships to which Reg. 5(4) applies (i. e. all passenger ships and cargo ships carrying cargoes other than solid bulk cargoes, except cargo ships of less than 500 GT on non-international voyages) is stowed and secured throughout any voyage in accordance with the Cargo Securing Manual; (5) cargo on board all ships to which Reg. 5(4) applies with ro-ro cargo spaces must be stowed and secured in accordance with the Cargo Securing Manual before the ship leaves a berth.

 

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