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Undeclared dangerous goods — Risk implications for maritime transport


Dangerous goods that have not been correctly declared when offered for transport have contributed to some serious accidents at sea. Safe handling, stowage, and segregation of packaged dangerous goods cannot be carried out if there is no knowledge of the presence of dangerous goods inside the cargo transport unit (container and/or trailer), or if the goods have been incorrectly declared. Although undeclared dangerous goods are recognized as a safety issue in the shipping industry, there is little information available on the extent of the risk involved. The study described in this paper was carried out to investigate the extent and potential consequences of the maritime transport of undeclared dangerous goods. Dangerous goods incident and inspection reports and ship casualty data were reviewed and analysed. A generic qualitative model was constructed to illustrate contributing factors and potential consequences in incidents involving undeclared dangerous goods.

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Ellis, J. Undeclared dangerous goods — Risk implications for maritime transport. WMU J Marit Affairs 9, 5–27 (2010).

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  • Dangerous Goods
  • Risk
  • Maritime Transport
  • Marine Safety
  • Incident Analysis