NETHERLANDS – WORLDWIDE – One of the leading marine survey companies has collaborated with other industry partners to launch what it claims is the worlds largest on line database for transporting cargo of every type. BMT De Beer, a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd has collaborated with such groups as the Container Owners Association and GDV Transport Information Services to produce the CargoHandbook.

As well as a basic description and photograph of the cargo product, people can access information on the shipment/storage requirements including optimum temperature/humidity and moisture and the risk factors associated with the particular product thus ensuring safer transport methods. Managed by a dedicated team of people at BMT De Beer in order to ensure continuity and quality of the data, people using the website will also be able to contact BMT to share additional information on a particular product, helping to expand the data available.

By providing a free to use archive BMT De Beer aims to provide and share information on cargo transportation with the wider market and therefore help to reduce the number of cargo incidents and claims that occur. Jeroen De Haas, Managing Director at BMT De Beer explains:

“While every mode of transport has its own challenges and limitations, it is particularly during marine transportation that cargoes are often exposed to extreme conditions such as the forces caused by a rolling vessel or the constantly changing atmosphere. A strong understanding of cargoes and their specific transportation requirements is the key to ensuring the cargo arrives at its destination undamaged. This subscription free, online platform will provide quick and easy access to information that isn’t readily available to the market today.

“This will be an evolving process and BMT invested in this initiative because we are committed to collaborating with the wider market to ensure that CargoHandbook becomes the recognised source of knowledge on anything related to cargo transportation. Digitalising this information will allow informed decisions to be made quicker and in turn will help to minimise the number of claims made.”