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
Windmill 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
Windmill towers : Handling
The handling of the towers is carried out with adapted handling equipment : suitable spreeders and lifting straps
Windmill 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 : 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.
Heavy lifts : Lashing / Securing of a case containing sensitive machinery
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.
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.
Loading of 170t heavy pieces from barge at Rotterdam1
The barge lays along the mother vessel, ready to be discharged.
Heavy lifts : Direct transhipment of pieces from sea vessel to barge
Lift is performed smoothly from the hold of the containership.
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).
Placing of the yacht on board
Loading and placing of a yacht in the hold using lifting straps
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 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 of crates on flat racks
Securing the crates on flats : It is recommended to protect the crates structure at the straps passing points
Crates: 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.
Direct transhipment from the vessel to the barge
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.
Transport of container carrying OOG cargo
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 Flat Rack
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: 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.
OOG: Special part on 20’ Flat Rack
The frame wood ensures a secure support for the goods. The chains complete a perfect packing.