It is the responsibility of whoever packs the container to ensure the cargo, including hazardous materials, is safely secured.

Coast Guard Eyes Cargo Straps

Saying it is aware packages may have shifted and been damaged in transit when secured with flexible strapping, the agency wants comments as it contemplates a rulemaking. Exemptions allow its use for certain hazmats.

A request for comments published by the U.S. Coast Guard says it recently became aware that packages may have shifted and been damaged in transit when secured with flexible strapping. Exemptions allow its use for certain hazmats, but the agency wants comments as it contemplates a rulemaking.

Fabric restraint dunnage systems to secure certain hazardous materials are allowed under these exemptions when they are installed as specified by the manufacturer's instructions, according to the request.

The Coast Guard is taking comments until March 9 (search for Docket No. USCG-2009-1079 at www.regulations.gov) on these topics:

  • The need for a new approval process or certification standard for cargo securing systems.
  • Information on currently used standards for the approval and use of cargo securing systems.
  • Methods for ensuring or verifying that securing systems adequately secure cargo without damaging the container or cargo.
  • Existing test methods for securing systems.
  • Materials used for securing cargo within the container (e.g. wood, plastic, bags, web, wire, chain, etc.).
  • Allowances for movement of cargo within the container when securing systems are used.
  • Information on cargo securing systems that are currently being used to secure cargo in containers, both domestically and internationally.

It is the responsibility of whoever packs the container to ensure the cargo, including hazardous materials, is safely secured. For more information, contact Morgan Armstrong (202-372-1419, [email protected]).

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