The basic reasons of loss or damage to the cargo

Full container cargo is handled by so many different parties, from the overseas factory until it is delivered to the point of destination. You have to keep in mind that there might be turbulent waters during an ocean voyage. It is important to secure your cargo properly.

Do you know the most common reasons for cargo damage? 

  1. Water damage
    • Condensation
    • Temperature changes: While temperature changes, it may cause condensation inside the container, which can cause the cargo to get wet
    • When you find small holes in the container, water might get in. 

  2. Damages due to improper lashing and stuffing
    • Uneven weight distribution
    • Extremely heavy cargo
    • Improper loading of the pallets
    • Poor lashing 
    • Improper usage of the cargo securing gear
    • Incorrect or unbalanced stowage and inadequate weight distribution

  3. Impacts that the container took

  4. Lack of knowledge
    • It’s important to follow the guidelines or regulations for cargo lashing and securing

  5. Cost control pressures
    • Due to the economic downfall, costs are getting cut which means less quality for cargo securing

  6. Severe and adverse weather conditions 
    • Fail to foresee the ship’s characteristics and bad weather behaviour