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Hazardous Cargo Handling

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Every day sees more hazardous material being moved round the globe than ever before. The increasing activity is driven by the pace of economic development in virtually all parts of the world. This puts tremendous strains on the transport infrastructure, particularly in the more recently developed regions.

While the risks are everywhere similar, the problems are site specific. In some areas handling may need upgrading from "low tech" to "high tech" while elsewhere the leap required is from "no tech" to "high tech".

Meeting the challenges

To meet these challenges governments and international institutions are introducing regulations to minimise the risks to life and the environment. Unfortunately, much of this legislation will remain ineffective unless it is implemented by carriers who are knowledgeable and competent.

With its origins in the Leith Nautical College nearly 150 years ago, C-MIST's Hazardous Cargo Division enjoys a pre-eminence as a source of authoritative advice and training in matters relating to the storage, handling and transportation of hazardous substances.

Expert advice - Hazardous Cargo Handling Division

Expert advice

The Division assists its clients to operate safely and profitably in challenging environmental and economic conditions. The range of its support services covers advice on:

  • Physical properties, characteristics and dangers inherent in hazardous materials in small quantities or in bulk
  • Relevant national and international legislation and codes of practice
  • Loading, unloading, transportation and transhipment of hazardous cargoes by road, rail or sea
  • Methods for measuring and monitoring liquefied gas and petroleum products during storage and transportation
  • Cargo conditioning for storage, transportation or transfer
  • Handling and transportation of munitions and explosives.
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DGSA Services

Advice and assistance in implementing the UK's Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor Regulations in all industries. Our team of specialists can train designated DGSAs to confidently fulfil the responsibilities of their posts. We can also provide DGSA coverage for organisations not wishing to use their own staff to fulfil the role.


Appropriate courses to suit the needs of all staff, from operators to senior management, are available for presentation at the clients' premises, C-MIST's training centre in Edinburgh, Scotland, or any at any other location.

The Division is the sole provider of training for Terminal Inspectors authorised to operate under the Chemical Distribution Institute's Terminal Scheme. Through this scheme it is intended that every marine terminal which handles hazardous materials will be assessed to agreed global standards. The selection of C-MIST to develop and provide this training is recognition of the Hazardous Cargo Division's unique capabilities.

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