Safety first - Dangerous Goods and Container Inspection Policy
Dear Valued Customer,
We are aware that there has been an increasing number of news on marine
incidents being reported in 2019, many of which were suspected of potentially
carrying un-declared and/ or mis-declared hazardous cargo.
To ensure safety compliance on shore and at sea are met, OOCL will strengthen
our Dangerous Cargo acceptance and container inspection policy by imposing
additional verification before loading through selective or random inspections
on DG and potential DG cargo.
It is the responsibility of all stakeholders in the carriage of goods to ensure
all hazardous cargo are properly declared and handled according to the IMDG
regulations. We respectfully request our customers to provide OOCL with accurate
and complete cargo information, and confirm all dangerous goods are properly
classified, packed, marked, labelled, placarded, and documented for safe
storage, handling, and transportation according to the applicable international
and national regulation.
For certain commodities, we may request additional information or documents for
verification purposes. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding in this
important safety and security matter.
Any inconsistencies between the declared cargo in the documents and what is
physically inside the container will result in a Hazardous Cargo Misdeclaration
Fee. Depending on the type of deficiencies found in such a shipment, the
container may be put out of service and the cargo may be put on hold where
penalties may be imposed, and charges associated with the misdeclaration will be
on the shipper’s account.
We hope that the strengthening of our inspection procedures will ensure that
dangerous goods are transported safely with minimal impact to customers.
We thank you for your kind understanding and cooperation.
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact our customer service