Deviation from lashing plan

By Videck

<p>Proposed lashing &amp; securing plans need to be approved by either the shippers, an insurance company or the appropriate surveyor company acting on behalf of a certain company. The pre-planning phase of these plans takes time. If not all relevant information is present, people start asking questions. All these questions should be assessed and answered. The controlling company re-calculates the plans and shares the plans once again among all relevant parties. All is going well, small changes might occur and agreed upon. This is normally the way it should be going.</p>

More of concern is when no questions are raised at all, all plans are accepted at first or not even discussed. This should raise a flag. Because it is of utmost importance that agreement should be received prior arrival of vessel or load-out. Just to avoid any hickups during the job execution.
I think one should ask at least for a confirmation that there are no questions, that all is agreed upon and clear. Call your counterpart and ask if all is clear. The contact you have with those people is of course important in this business. Direct lines often simplify the quest for an answer.
One can check if all is understood and see if there are further remarks.

If you are of the opinion the whole situation has been assessed and confirmation is given, then get this confirmed.

During the loading operation, everything went well and the lashing & securing starts.
Suddenly, deviations from the original plan occur. The strength of the deck might differ, or the lashing material is slightly different. We all know that many aspects can change during a load-out.

If an appropriate surveyor is present, one can discuss the deviations and hopefully come to an agreement. You could assume that the surveyor takes decision based on gained knowledge and that if an agreement has been achieved, it would and should be okay.

But what if there is no surveyor available to discuss the deviations with.
You try to reach the office you contacted before, but for example no reply. You simply agree with the changes and sign off. Suddenly, something happens with the cargo during transit and the insurance company steps in.

There was obviously an approval for the plans in the pre-planning phase, but not quite for the deviations on the spot and suddenly the insurance company could hold you liable.

The question would be: are you?


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