Complex carriage of hazardous goods is a particular line of "Credo Trans" business. Having considerable experience and expertise in handling such cargoes including those of the highest hazard class, we guarantee arranging their transportation and storage in conformity with all the safety rules.
Hazardous goods are the ones that can harm people or the environment. Their sea transportation is regulated by the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDGC) drawn out by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
According to IMDGC hazardous goods can be divided into 9 classes:
1st - explosives;
2nd - gases;
3rd - highly flammable liquids;
4th - substances liable to spontaneous combustion;
5th - oxidising substances and organic peroxides;
6th - toxic and infectious substances;
7th - radioactive materials;
8th - corrosive substances;
9th - other dangerous substances (potentially harmful but not ascribed to any of the above classes)
All the classes in their turn are further divided into subclasses, categories and groups according to the physical and chemical characteristics and hazard degree of the materials ascribed to them.
There exist special rules and requirements for the loading, unloading, storage and stowage of hazardous goods. There are also safety regulations aimed at preventing accidents and rendering first aid in case of emergencies during these cargoes’ transportation or handling as well as particular instructions worked out to prevent harmful effects caused by packaging damage.
Stowage and securing are the issues of primary importance in arranging hazardous cagroes' container shipping. Containers should be marked with special stickers showing the class of danger and the goods’ UN-number. Hazardous cargoes can only be handled at the port terminals authorised to deal with such types of goods.
Besides, the carrier’s vessel must be licensed to transport this type of cargo.
To sum up, the whole process of shipping and forwarding hazardous goods requires careful attention and high professionalism of the people arranging it.