Dangerous goods is a general term used to describe materials and objects which pose particular hazards to life, property and environment by virtue of their nature, properties or condition and that therefore require special safety-intensive transport. Dangerous goods are classified in nine different classes for each of which specific safety requirements have to be met.
To guarantee maximum safety and environmental protection, Hamburg Süd examines each dangerous goods transport enquiry on a case-by-case basis for its compliance with statutory regulations. For this task, we have established dedicated teams of qualified dangerous goods experts in the various business regions to assist and advise our Customer Service staff. These experts are guided and monitored by a certified Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor (DGSA).
Once all the safety and environmental requirements have been met, we bring in not just our expertise but also our modern ships, which have demonstrated their technical suitability for transporting dangerous goods. This verification of suitability is regularly confirmed by a classification society and evidenced by the Document of Compliance for the Carriage of Packaged Dangerous Goods.
When stowing dangerous goods on the vessel, we pay strict attention to compliance with the applicable stowage and segregation provisions. Moreover, environmentally hazardous materials are stowed by Hamburg Süd in such a way that they are specially protected from wash. Hamburg Süd attaches particular importance to observing the highest level of safety and environmental protection in the carriage of dangerous goods.