Cargo Notes - Second Edition

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October 2009
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Studying for any Certificate of Competency can be a daunting task, not made easier by the need to plough through weighty textbooks and legislative publications. Cargo Notes provides a comprehensive and usable alternative, covering the key sections of the Cargo Syllabus for Deck Officers/OOW and summarising all relevant legislation and codes.

A handy, usable guide for anyone studying towards a certificate of competency, Cargo Notes is a comprehensive guide to the key sections of the cargo syllabus for Deck Officers/OOW.

Split into two sections covering both dry and liquid and gas cargoes, Cargo Notes provides key points and summaries on all relevant Legislation and Codes and an Operational Overview for all of the main cargo types, from Bulk Carriers, RoRos, Reefers and Containers through to Tankers and Liquefied Gas Carriers.


Cargo Planning

Stowage Factor & Broken Stowage

Separation and Marking of Cargo

Cargo Documentation

Hold Preparation

Use of Dunnage

Cargo Ventilation

Cargo Gear: Derricks

Cargo Gear: Cranes

Cargo Gear: Specialised

Cargo Gear: Accessories

Cargo Gear: Testing & Maintenance

Precautions for Heavy Lift

Deck Cargoes: Stowage & Securing

Timber Deck Cargoes

CSS Code

Cargo Securing Manual

Containers: Types

Containers: Stowage

Containers: Lashing

Ro-Ro Cargoes: Stowage & Securing

Reefer Cargoes: Prior Loading

Reefer Cargoes: Cargo Care

Bulk Cargoes: BC Code

Bulk Cargoes: BLU Code

Bulk Cargoes: Hazards

Bulk Cargoes: Documentation

Bulk Cargoes: Cargo Operations

Bulk Cargoes: Hazardous Cargoes in Bulk

Bulk Cargoes: Coal

Bulk Cargoes: Grain

Bulk Cargoes: Steel

Bulk Cargoes: Iron Ore

Bulk Cargoes: Reporting Requirements

Packaged Dangerous Goods: IMDG Code

IMDG Code: Classes

IMDG Code: Stowage

IMDG Code: Segregation

IMDG Code: Emergencies

IMDG Code: Reporting Requirements

Miscellaneous Dry Cargo Calculations


Oil & Product Cargoes: Hazards

Oil & Product Cargoes: Instruments

Oil & Product Cargoes: Pipeline Systems

Oil & Product Cargoes: Venting Systems

Inert Gas Plant: Requirements

Inert Gas Plant: Layout

Inert Gas Plant: Operation & Alarms

Ship-Shore Safety Checklist

Oil & Product Cargoes: Loading

Oil & Product Cargoes: Cargo Care

Oil & Product Cargoes: Discharging

Crude Oil Washing: Requirements

Crude Oil Washing: Hazards

Crude Oil Washing: Operations

Oil & Product Cargoes: Gas-Freeing

Oil & Product Cargoes: MARPOL Requirements

Oil & Product Cargoes: ODME & Oily Water Separators

Oil & Product Cargoes: Cargo Calculations

Chemical Cargoes: IBC Code

Chemical Cargoes: Hazards

Chemical Cargoes: Ship-Shore Safety Checklist

Chemical Cargoes: Ship Types

Chemical Cargoes: Operations

Chemical Cargoes: Tank Cleaning

Chemical Cargoes: MARPOL Requirements

Gas Cargoes: IGC Code

Gas Cargoes: Hazards

Gas Cargoes: Ship-Shore Safety Checklist

LPG: Ship Types

LPG: Cargo Operations

LPG: Reliquefaction

LNG: Ship Types

LNG: Cargo Operations


General Principles

Duties of the OOW in Port

Entry into Enclosed Spaces & Permit to Work Systems

Means of Access & Safe Movement


Cargo Definitions

SI 336 – Carriage of Cargoes Regulations

Extracts from COSWP

Extracts from STCW 95

Loadline Zones

Dhananjay Swadi has over 12 years’ experience at sea on a wide variety of ships, including container ships, gas tankers and bulk carriers, culminating as a Chief Officer with Maersk. In addition to his Master’s certificate, Mr Swadi also has a master’s degree in Marine Policy with a distinction from Cardiff University. Until recently, Mr Swadi was a lecturer at Glasgow College of Nautical Studies teaching a wide variety of subjects including Cargowork, Marine Law and Maritime Economics. In January 2006, he joined Northern Marine Management as Manning Manager.

Number of Pages:
Published Date:
October 2009
Binding Format:
Book Height:
180 mm
Book Width:
120 mm
0.3 kg

Dhananjay Swadi



  • 5

    handy book (Posted on 27/07/2011)

  • 5
    Cargo Notes 2nd Edition

    (Posted on 01/08/2009) Cargo Notes 2nd Edition by Dhananjay Swadi is quite possibly the best book/set of notes that I have in my possession as an Officer Cadet on the subject of cargo operations. This is thanks to a number of key factors:Firstly, the book is of a convenient enough size and weight to easily put in one’s luggage and take onboard ship, without requiring something else to be left at home. This is an advantage over similar publications and course notes which are usually a lot bulkier, and difficult to take on ship. Due to its small size it can also fit into the pocket on a boiler suit, and is therefore a useful source of information relating to cargo to have when on deck during operations. The second factor(s) is ease of use, clarity and relevance. The book is laid out in two sections: dry cargoes and liquid and gas cargoes. Every aspect of cargo which the OOW needs to know is easily indexed for quick use, and contains many colourful diagrams and photos to illustrate clearly the point the author is trying to make. The information itself does not just mumble on about the most finite details as is often the case with most subject notes, instead it focuses on the points the OOW actually needs to know, not all the irrelevant ones as well, and in my opinion it does this very well. The third factor is reliability. This may seem a bit of an unusual thing to write about, but I have read a number of subject notes, including notes given to Cadets at Warsash, which sometimes contain contradicting and even out of date information, where notes have obviously been compiled using several different older publications. This is not the case with these notes, as just by looking at the bibliography it is clear to see that the most up to date, official publications have been used, which is good for the Cadet preparing for MCA Orals, as well as for current OOWs to keep in line with modern requirements. The final factor which makes Cargo Notes 2nd Edition by Dhananjay Swadi so good, is the inclusion of annexes at the back, which are an excellent source of reference on principles and operational guidance for Deck Officers when in charge of a cargo watch in port. Eight different MGNs are contained within this section, which also makes it an extremely useful aid to revision for Cadets about to sit their MCA Orals, as it tells them the MCA literature they need to be aware of.'

  • 5
    Excellent book

    Extremely helpful for studying for OOW CoC.