Transportation of Dangerous Goods (DG)
Classification of dangerous goods
Due to its hazardous nature, DG shipments are regulated under stringent rules and regulation throughout the entire transportation period.
Vessel owners, container liners, port authorities, international organizations, etc., all set various requirements concerning safe transport of DG. Information and knowledge need to be shared and a large amount of documents and certificates need to be granted and delivered among different parties. All of these requirements lead to complex and demanding operations.
There is no integrated solution for DG transportation thus far, though a few carriers maintain their own in-house systems; developed individually and isolated from their competitors. Subsequently, it has long been agreed that the best way of improving safety at sea is by developing international regulations that are followed by all shipping nations, as well as a number of treaties to be adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
Today there is a long list of Dangerous Goods, charted under the IMDG code (International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code). This list includes such commodities as propane gas lighters, ordinary wall paint, fireworks, liquor, garden weed-killer are divided into 9 main groups.
Class 1: Explosives
Class 2: Gases
Class 3: Flammable Liquids Class 4: Flammable Solids
Class 5: Oxidizing Substances and Organic Peroxides
Class 6: Toxic and Infectious Substances
Class 7: Radioactive Material
Class 8: Corrosive Substances
Class 9: Miscellaneous Dangerous Substances and Articles
OOCL practices its own reliable Dangerous Goods Teams. Our three regions of the Americas, Europe and the Middle East and Asia Pacific, all have their own handling procedures for DG application and approval procedures.
Our DG coordinators offer shippers all the advice that is required. A shipper's or customer's Dangerous Goods cargo will be checked promptly and accurately. Legal requirements concerning all of the countries and ports related to transport are taken into account.
In addition, OOCL ensures safe transport by observing the relevant stowage and segregation requirements of dangerous goods. This gives additional safety to the cargo, the vessel, the crew, cargo handlers and the overall environment. OOCL's DG teams are also available to discuss all issues with regard to the different international and domestic regulations and help customers find solutions for special arrangements and exemptions via our relations to the Coast Guard and marine authorities in countries around the world.
OOCL's Dangerous Goods System has a powerful training system, known as "DGSmart," which covers all parties involved in DG transportation process including carriers, forwarders, manufactures, port authorities, and DG/chemical experts.
Each party provides certain information and performs functions that are shared and followed up and cross-checked by more colleagues. DGSmart also links all the process involved in the whole DG transportation; our technical standard for data processing is regarded as consummate.
- DGSmart provides an internet-based portal as a one-stop DG transportation information system to improve efficiency of DG related process.
- DGSmart acts as a multi-carrier common flat for DG related data management to achieve the synergy benefits.
DGSmart enables various value added service for global user that could best meet user needs.
- DGSmart promotes DG knowledge-sharing at low cost.