Container ships

Securing cargo awareness

The loss of containers continues to be an issue for container ship operators. Deck officers on container ships need to have an understanding of lashing systems and how they help restrain containers in a seaway.

  • E-learning: #0403
  • Revision: 5.00
  • Published: 15.09.2016
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This module on securing cargo awareness is designed to help deck officers understand the different forces that affect containers, whilst looking at ways to ensure containers can be secured and transported safely. After completing this module, the learner will be able to recognise the contributing factors that lead to containers being lost at sea.​

This e-learning module is a part of a series of container modules.

Legislation & references
  • Code of Practice for Cargo Securing and Stowage (CSS Code)
  • IMOMSC.1/Circular.1353 – Revised Guidelines for the Preparation of the Cargo Securing Manual (30 June 2010)
  • SafeTransport of Containers by Sea:Guidelines on Best Practices
  • A Master’s Guide to Container Securing Edition 2 (Standard P and I Association and Lloyd‘s Register)
Learning objectives
  • Recognize how to deal with dangerous goods carried in containers
  • Identify forces acting on containers in a seaway
  • State how securing components can fail 
English, Chinese,
Duration 30 minutes
Target groups
  • Deck - Operational
  • Leigh Colam, Maersk Line
  • Seagull AS
Related information
Ship types:
STCW: Cargo Handling & Stowage