What are the shipper’s obligations under The Merchant Shipping (Carriage of Cargoes) Regulations with respect to providing cargo information?

The shipper must provide such information to the owner or master sufficiently in advance of loading as is necessary to enable them to ensure that:ย 

(1) the different commodities to be carried are compatible with each other or suitably separated; (2) the cargo is suitable for the ship; (3) the ship is suitable for the cargo; (4) the cargo can be safely stowed and secured and transported under all expected conditions during the intended voyage. The information must be in writing in appropriate shipping documents and be given before loading the cargo on the ship. Where the shipper does not deliver the cargo to the ship or its agent, he must provide the forwarder with the information; it then becomes the forwarder’s duty to pass the information to the owner or master.


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