Antwerp, 17 & 18 April 2024 (FULLY BOOKED !)

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  • Course name Lashing & Securing Course
  • Training objective Understanding key issues related to lashing & securing of general cargo; relevant rules & regulations, selection of the right vessel, importance of good stowage, principals of lashing & securing including all relevant securing methods, lifting of the cargo and warranty surveys.
    At the end of the course, all participants will have a deep understanding of not only lashing & securing but also all closely related subjects.
  • Prerequisites Familiar with the English language, both spoken and written, notions about stowage, lashing & securing are a plus
  • Duration 2 days
  • Trainers Capt. Johan Buysse (Seatec Consult), Tycho van Peteghem (Cargo Care Solutions), and Walter Vervloesem (IMCS Training Academy)
  • Course format Powerpoint – DVD/video – case stories - exercises
  • Course language English
  • Supporting information Course syllabus
  • Pre-course training No specific course preparation/pre-training from delegates required
  • Max. number of delegates 12
  • Target group/delegate profile Marine warranty surveyors, inspectors, surveyors, cargo superintendents, ship’s staff, legal staff, charterers & operators, …
  • Venue Hilton Old Town
    Groenplaats 32
    2000 Antwerp - Belgium
  • Cost Public training : 1150 EUR/person (excl. VAT)
    Unless otherwise mentioned on the (pro-forma) invoice, the full amount of the (pro-forma) invoice is payable prior to the course’s start date.

    In-house training : organised at lump-sum cost in function of number of candidates and location of the training. For details please contact us on
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  • Certification An IMCS Training Academy certificate + a certificate of Continuous Professional Development of the Nautical Institute will be issued at the end of the course
  • Registration Please fill out the registration form or send an email with the participant’s name, company details, email address and mobile phone number to
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  • Applicable rules & regulations (IMO - Annex 13, due diligence)
  • Organising lashing & securing operations
    • Required information
    • Establishing lines of communication : with shippers, receivers, charterers, owners, EMY services, stevedores, 24/7, …
    • Pre-operation meeting ashore : with shippers, quay/terminal personnel, port authorities, agents, …
    • Pre-operation meeting on board : with Master, C/O, Supercargo
  • Types of cargoes

    Main categories

  • Selecting the right ship
    • General cargo, M/P, H/L, Ro-Ro, container
    • On or under deck
    • Items to be considered when fixing the ship : lifting gear, space hatch & hold, TT strength & age/flatness, frames, presence of other cargoes that may hamper smooth transit quay-hold (container stacks), …
  • Importance of good stowage
    • Principles of good stowage
    • Stowage position on board : tanktop, tweendecks, hatch covers or flats and strength issues, point loads
    • Stowage location from a lashing point of view
    • Presence of other cargoes
    • Loading & discharging issues to be observed
  • Basic principles of lashing & securing

    Get it right, first time every time, tie it down, commensurate strength, rule of thumb, calculations

  • Selecting the right lashing method
    • Different lashing techniques
    • Considering tailor-made lashing systems – tips & tricks
    • Effects of ship movements on lashing equipment
    • Material cost
    • Time needed to deploy and remove lashings
    • Disposal of used lashing material
    • Permits for work : welding, aloft, hot/cold work
    • Damages & repairs to ship structure : deformations, protruding parts, coating damage, charter party, protest letters, …
  • Selecting the right lashing material
    • Commonly used equipment
    • Inspecting equipment before use
    • Ship’s lashing equipment
    • Do’s & don’t’s
    • Record keeping
  • Containers & Flatracks - New Module - delivered by ir. Tycho Van Peteghem (Container Technics Antwerp)
    • Details about container & flatrack strength issues
    • How to use containers & flatracks for stowing breakbulk cargoes and heavy lifts
    • Spreading the loads
    • Container & flatrack lashing & securing
    • Container securing manuals
  • Welding operations
    • Effects of welding on ship structure
    • Importance of checking substructure
    • Involvement of classification society
  • Weather conditions
    • Effects of wind, rain, day/night, wet/dry
    • Voyage plan/weather routeing
  • calculating accelerations and forces
    • rule of thumb : quick tips & tricks
    • IMO – ANNEX 13
    • calculation programmes
    • dangers of using calculation programmes
  • lifting the cargo
    • ship-shore cranes
    • loading with 1 & 2 cranes (shore/ship)
    • lifting tackle
    • lifting stability triangle
    • determining forces on lifting beams due to weight of piece & rigging
    • rigging plan
    • jacking & skidding
    • SMPT’s
    • RoRo vessels
    • floating
  • warranty surveys
  • understanding effects of loading H/L
    • H/L footprint & supporting surface
    • stability of the H/L  : CoG to be below lifting points & determining metacentric height (distance base to CoG)
    • H/L & transfer of stability
    • ballasting operations
    • risk management
    • effect of lashing failure on safety of ship (damage/stability) & contingency planning
  • reporting
    • “approval” of system (after all finished) and system “feasible” (on basis of calculations)
    • issuing certificates
    • exercises & case stories
  • questions & answers
  • certificate ceremony and farewell drink
  • end of course
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