The International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code is accepted as an international guideline to the safe transportation of dangerous goods or hazardous materials by water on vessel.
As per the code, the carriage of dangerous goods and environmental pollutants is strictly regulated in order to reasonably prevent harm to persons and the environment as well as avoid damage to vessels and their cargo. In that regard, the PCS aims to promotes all-round safety in order to minimize the risks to life and property inherent in the commercial transportation of hazardous materials.
By adopting the use of The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Class Codes in the management of all cargo information passing thru its platform, the PCS will help to enhance the safe carriage of hazardous goods while facilitating unrestricted movement.
Based on various business rules governing this type of cargo, all information about hazardous cargo entering or exiting the country will be automatically distributed to various critical organizations including Customs, Terminal Operators and Regulatory Agencies.
The risks associated with incorrect handling of hazardous cargo are quite diverse, yet serious. Cargo handlers face issues ranging from basic injuries to loss of life while businesses face threats ranging from asset damage to total business failure. While stakeholders generally accept the serious nature of handling such cargo, some players are often delinquent, negligent or inaccurate in reporting harmful cargo under their charge. Further, even though the risks to entities directly handling the cargo are obvious, problems can also ripple outward to the general public and the surrounding environment.
With this in mind, various stakeholders, including Customs, Shipping Lines, Terminals and Regulatory Agencies, must be apprised of any such conditions on a real-time basis. The PCS provides a distinct advantage to all those involved and will enable cargo handlers and regulatory agencies to efficiently enforce safe cargo handling activities while vetting conditions and content in a timely manner. Stakeholders will find this strikes a good balance between workplace safety and national trade facilitation.