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ACQ 2016-1

Copper Cathode

Copper Cathode is not a final product but a pure form of copper shipped in packages for the production of final or finished copper products. See photographs attached.

Copper Cathode Packages-1 Copper Cathode Packages-2

Attached is an IMO paper concerning the Code of Safe Practice for Cargo Stowage and Securing. Please refer to pages 14 & 15 where an example of cargo information for carriage of copper cathodes is given.


  1. At any stowage variant in cargo spaces of ships each package in the bottom and in the two upper tiers should be stowed on two timber dunnage boards of not more than 40 mm thickness and 2500 mm length located in a plane of transverse framing elements.
  2. Stowage of packages should be started from sides to the centreline and from transverse bulkheads to a hatchway as tight as possible alternating, if necessary, athwartships stowage with fore-and-aft one to form from tier to tier a stable stack supported by sides and bulkheads.
  3. When stowing more than three tiers high it is necessary to place timber dunnage under the bottom and two upper tiers; other tiers can be stowed without dunnage.
  4. If the specified in the Cargo Information value of static 34° stability angle of a stack when calculating the non-shift criterion in accordance with Annex 5 to RD or upon diagrams of the ship Cargo Securing Manual meets the conditions of safe sailing of the ship in the forthcoming voyage, then no additional measures to ensure non-shiftability of the cargo shall be taken.
  5. If the given value of static stability angle of a stack in any cargo space (possibly in tweendecks) does not meet the conditions of safe carriage in the forthcoming voyage, then the surface of the stack shall be secured additionally by filling the transverse voids between the packages in the top tier with stable cages of beams. When the top tier is loaded partially, packages in the last athwartship row shall be secured by a chain or rope lashing stretched from side to side along the vertical surface of the row.
  6. Not more than one athwartship row may be left partially loaded in a cargo space.