This week, I have learned about the cargo handling, most specially the securing of cargo. Securing of cargo includes blocking, lashing, and shoring of cargoes. Blocking is installing solid pieces of woods or blocks to a deck, bulkhead, or overhead, because putting this can reduce the movement of the cargo. Lashing is also installing a wood, but it is an additional support to the blocking method, lastly is lashing that mainly involves putting of some tie-down straps, heavy ropes, and tensioning belts to secure the load.
This topic is very important to me, because it gives us information about the ways on how we must secure our cargoes, use all spaces, maximize the cargo, and lastly ensure the safety of the company’s property and the life of the crew.