Best Practices

CMA CGM complies at all times with safety standards and regulations for non containerisable Cargoes

CMA CGM has its own dedicated staff to supervise special cargo shipments. In addition the Group employs Independent cargo surveyors at Ports of Loading and Ports of Discharge.

All are highly skilled professionals. Focus is always on safety to ensure the very best transport and handling conditions and very low damage records.

The Group complies with all international regulations such as those contained in the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and its amendments, in particular the IMO Code of Safe Practice for Cargo Stowage and Securing (CSS Code) and its Annex13.


Safe practice for cargo stowage

This safety policy can be illustrated through some examples and recommendations as can be seen with the following:

Wind Mill Towers

windmilltower1Windmill towers : Fixing points It is important that the lifting and fixing points are located at appropriate places for each unit, here above at the tower’s extremities
The handling of the towers is carried out with adapted handling equipment : suitable spreeders and lifting straps  Windmill towers : Handling
WindMilltower3Windmill towers: Stowage and securing detail The towers are placed on the bottom of a 40’ flat rack bed blocked with wood frames. They are then attached to the container’s fixing points with straps. And then there is only the hatch cover needs to be closed now.

Heavy lifts

heavy lift1 Heavy lifts : Lifting of a gas turbine ex barge at Hamburg This 118 Tons gas turbine has been loaded on board the containership directly from the barge with Hamburg floating crane. Availability of specially designed lifting points enable a smooth operation.
Strong base and heavy duty structures are necesary to guarantee safe handling and stowage. Wooden dunnage can then be placed aside the case to secure the cargo on board. Shippers must also indicate the center of gravity on the case.Heavylift2Heavy lifts : Lashing / Securing of a case containing sensitive machinery
Heavylifts03 Heavy lifts : Protection and dunnage on a 134 Tons Rotor This rotor has been placed on top of 4X40 FR stacked ? in sandwich ?. Strong wooden dunnage has also been made. This way the heavy weight of the cargo can be spread over a wide surface. This method allows heavy lift to be stowed on relative small surfaces on board containerships.
The barge lays along the mother vessel, ready to be discharged. Heavylift4 Loading of 170t heavy pieces from barge at Rotterdam1
Heavylift5 Heavy lifts : Direct transhipment of pieces from sea vessel to barge Lift is performed smoothly from the hold of the containership.

Yachts Expedition

Yacht expedition1 Yachts Expedition : Loading of the yacht seen from the hold Loading of the yacht with a gantry crane assisted by a spreeder frame to enable the straps to pass under the hull. The structure under the yacht’s hull , called a “craddle”, must be adapted to maritime transport (seaworthiness).
Loading and placing of a yacht in the hold using lifting straps Yachts Expedition Placing of the yacht on board
Yacht expedition3 Yachts Expedition : Stowage of a yacht in the hold Securing/Stowage of the yachts in the hold on a bed of flat racks. The mast already packed and protected was placed on the side of the flat rack bed.

Out of Gauge cases to Chinese River Port

Crates, securing of crates on flat racksCrates: Securing of Crates on Flat Racks View of crates secured at the 40’ FR anchor points before unloading. Protection pieces on top of the crates structures ensure the integrity of the upper structure’s packaging.
Securing the crates on flats : It is recommended to protect the crates structure at the straps passing points Securing of crates on flat racks Securing of crates on flat racks
Crates protection before liftingCrates: Crates protection before lifting Unloading handling for crates over 40 tons with lifting straps and a hook. The crate is reinforced at the principal contact points, which is essential for handling the crate without damaging it.
The crates now on the barge, seen from the mother vessel after transshipment, on the way the 17th fluvial port on on the pearl River in south china.  Direct transhipment from the vessel to the barge Direct transhipment from the vessel to the barge.

Transport of container carrying OOG cargo

Vehicule on wheels on a flat rack OOG: Vehicule on wheels on a flat rack Loading of a 40’ flat OOG with slings with sides folded back. Special wedges were planned by the shipper to block the wheels and secure everything.
Crate on a flat rack. Blocking, securing a package with metallic slings and bits of wood. The precautions taken by the shipper permits the safe transport of the goods. OOG : Crate on Flat Rack Crate on Flat Rack
Sailing boat on a 40’ Flat rackOOG: Sailing boat on a 40’ Flat rack For secure handling the ISO corners of the Flat Rack Container should be left free for a vertical sling hold . The shipper or the forwarder is responsible for the packing.
The weight of the piece should be shared out over the totality of the floor surface. This is done with frame wood as above; The drum is secured from its centre towards the flat rack container specific points. Cable drums on 20’ flat rack
Sailing boat on a 40’ Flat rackOOG: Special part on 20’ Flat RackThe frame wood ensures a secure support for the goods. The chains complete a perfect packing.

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