Dangerous goods and cargo securing
Part of the Coast Guard's efforts to improve maritime safety involves checking dangerous goods transports and loads in the load carrier at the ports. This is done to minimise the risks involved in the transport of dangerous goods and other cargo. The controls take place independently, as well as in cooperation with the Police, Swedish Customs, the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, the Swedish Transport Agency and the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency. While working in the ports the Coast Guard also checks the sobriety of drivers.
The Coast Guard has an overall responsibility for the control of dangerous goods in ports. This entails inspections of load carriers and transports that will continue by road, rail or sea. The Coast Guard has the authority to issue the injunctions and prohibitions required, as well as the mandate to prevent continued transport from the port if necessary.
In the event there is insufficient or improper load securing of ordinary goods, loading and onward transport by sea will not be permitted until the deficiencies have been rectified. Lashing rules for maritime transport can be found in TSFS 2010: 174 on the right.
Poorly secured cargo is the most common reason for a transport carrier to be stopped.
The Coast Guard has about 200 authorised securing cargo inspectors. You become a qualified inspector by attending a three-day training class. approximately fifty inspectors have attended a 20-day course where they become competent inspectors of dangerous goods.