Hapag-Lloyd has adopted the Hazcheck Detect cargo screening tool, developed by New York-based NCB Group’s software division Exis Technologies, to detect misdeclared and undeclared dangerous goods in containerised shipments.
Hazcheck Detect scans all cargo booking details for keywords and includes an industry library to enable suspicious bookings to be identified that may be misdeclared or undeclared dangerous goods and other compliance cargo.
Ian Lennard, NCB president, said: “We are delighted that Hapag-Lloyd has adopted Hazcheck Detect for their cargo screening joining Maersk and ONE, existing customers.
“It is a major boost that this industry solution will be used by a top container line with a long history of experience and interest in cargo screening themselves. Hapag-Lloyd was a trail blazer in the creation of an industry solution with common rules.”
Hapag-Lloyd has been using the Hazcheck IMDG Code validation tools for declared dangerous goods cargo in its booking processes, having been a customer of NCB and Exis Technologies’ Haztech Systems for many years.
NCB have worked closely with Hapag-Lloyd on container inspections, including the company in its 2018 container inspections safety initiative, an industry project to gather motre in-depth data on container safety.
The newly adopted Hazcheck Detect service is interactive, allowing non-compliant cargo to be detected within seconds rather than days.
Last minute changes to bookings, declarations, Bills of Lading and shipping instructions can be picked up in real time which helps to prevent such cargo from being loaded onto a ship, thereby reducing the risk of fires at sea.
The screening of containers to prevent dangerous goods from being loaded onto ships in the first place is a topic that both NCB and Hapag-Lloyd have been working on intensively for some time.
Ken Rohlmann, senior director dangerous goods at Hapag Lloyd, said: “We have been a strong advocate of this kind of screening approach for some time and are glad to be one of the first companies to adopt this new technology.
“The key criteria for moving to Hazcheck Detect was the desire to have a common screening approach for all major container lines to help avoid undeclared cargo rejected by one line being presented again as a booking to another line.”
Hazcheck Detect is delivered as a software-as-a-service solution, hosted and maintained by Exis Technologies.
It includes a web user interface so that users can enter and maintain data search terms, keywords and develop an industry library.
Lennard added: “Working with container lines Hapag-Lloyd will help us to further develop the tool using machine learning and AI techniques to enhance the screening processes as part of our not-for-profit mission, Safety of Life and Cargo at Sea.
“Data across our Hazcheck tools will help us enhance the screening process using validation results and feedback from container inspections, helping with safety throughout the whole dangerous goods shipping process.”