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Policy for securing cargo

Color Line is committed to safety. Our policy for securing of movable cargo units on board our vessels is in accordance with the Maritime Administrations rules and regulations.

A cargo lashing manual has been developed for every one of our vessels, based on its trade. The manual has been verified by relevant authorities, and describes the safe transportation and securing of freight on board our vessels. In order to fulfil requirements, it is of utmost importance that all freight units loaded on board have the correct number of approved lashing brackets.

We are therefore requiring that all our customers must meet the following criteria for lashing and securing of freight units.

  • The freight units must be equipped with approved safety lashing brackets, following the requirements in IMO Code of Safe Practice for Cargo Stowage and Securing as well as ISO 9367-1 / 9367-2. This means that every freight unit must be equipped with at least four (4) approved lashing brackets on each side. For further information on the standard requirements you will find further information on these links: and
  • Each individual lashing bracket shall enable the crew to lash the unit to deck with different angles as illustrated below. Depending on the weather forecast, there will be different requirements to the number of lashings, typically ranging from 0 to 16.
  • Trailers should not be supported on their landing legs during sea transport. An uncoupled trailer should be supported by a trestle or a similar device. There must be a marking on both sides of the trailer, as to identify where the trestle should be placed.
  • Cargo in a transport container must be lashed for sea transport, following the requirements in IMO Code of Safe Practice for Cargo Stowage and Securing. Random verification of compliance with the code can be done before embarking the vessel. Freight units found to not comply with the code will be rejected.
  • Cargo load defined as special transport which requires lashing is preferred secured by chains according to applicable provisions for proper load protection described in the IMDG Code (IMO MSC A.714 (17)).
  • The Master of the vessel can accept special cargo secured with lashing straps if they are align with the following requirements:

            - Correct number of lashes according to the cargo measurements
            - No visible damage to any of the used lashes
            - All lashing is tighten correctly
            - Dunnage between elements
            - Lashing protection over all edges

  • The Master of the vessel has the right, and the obligation, to refuse shipment of freight units that do not comply with these requirements.