Bulletin no. 245


Continuing our series on organisations, authorities and charities in the maritime sector, we focus here on an important safety initiative that continues to improve safety in the container trade.

CINS was established in 2011 to share information on all cargo related incidents and was an initiative by five of the world’s biggest container lines:

•             CMA-CGM

•             Evergreen

•             Hapag Lloyd

•             Maersk Line

•             Mediterranean Shipping Company

At the time of writing, this has grown to 17 shipping line members.

The information is uploaded into the CINS online database which is accessible by CINS members. Incidents reported are defined as “any incident which causes or has the potential to cause injury or loss of life; loss or serious damage of assets; or of environmental concern.

The objective of CINS is to highlight risks posed by certain cargoes and/or packing failures in order to improve safety in the liner shipping industry, by:


•             capturing and analysing information within the CINS database;and

•             looking for specific incidents which may require immediate action or assessing incident trends.


Once areas of concern become apparent they can be addressed to relevant authorities to formulate appropriate recommendations or advice, such as amendments to the IMDG Code. This may include advice on training issues on the packing and securing of cargo in containers.

For any clear pattern emerging that could require regulatory intervention, the lines will now have the hard facts to support their claims and no longer have to rely on anecdotal evidence when presenting their case.

The aim of CINS is to:

•             collect information on operational cargo-related accidents and incidents from seaborne carriers (relevant information, excluding any commercial information, is entered into the CINS database);

•             analyse global operational information on all cargo and container related accidents; and

•             establish areas of concern and trends in order to improve safety in the transport chain.


Arising out of their extensive data, CINS produces technical carriage guidelines for its members and distributes other relevant news and information. It also actively engages with other stakeholders in the container trade.

The cooperation of CINS in producing this article is gratefully acknowledged.

Steve Healy

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