Maritime classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has teamed up with industry leaders from the Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS) to launch a joint industry project for developing best practices for stowage of dangerous goods.

As part of the collaboration, which started around six months ago, ABS and CINS members are working to develop recommendations to help mitigate risks emerging from the stowage of dangerous goods on containerships.

Before being published on the CINS web portal, the best practice guidelines will be tested for a period of three months.

ABS technology vice president Gareth Burton said: “Carriage of dangerous goods, not properly identified or accounted for, can be detrimental to the safety of the ship and more importantly the people onboard that ship.

“Central to our joint effort is advancing safety by developing a set of best practices incorporating key lessons learned provided by CINS members from past incidents.”

The project aims to collect a complete set of best practices to boost stowage planning and hazard mitigation for dangerous goods carriage and facilitate better use of existing risk assessment processes.

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“Central to our joint effort is advancing safety by developing a set of best practices incorporating key lessons learned.”

CINS chairman Uffe Ernst-Frederiksen said: “By working together with ABS and other leading international partners, we can share our experiences and help to improve the safety of stowing dangerous goods.

“We are looking forward to channelling these experiences into the development of this new industry best practices document and welcome views, insights, and other risk-based approaches from various carriers that can help improve fire safety in our industry.”

ABS recently launched a new sustainability facility in Singapore to help maritime transition to a lower emissions industry.