Deck Cargo

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Deck Cargo

Deck cargo is cargo carried externally, on a vessels weather decks or hatches. Deck cargo is usually held down by lashings - however specialized guides, supports, and locking devices may be fitted where deck cargo is consistent (i.e., cell guides and container cones on container ships). Putting cargo on deck allows for faster loading and unloading rates, less hull depth (cheaper, lighter vessel), greater flexibility of load size/shape, better ventilation and generally better access to the cargo while in transit. Compared to a cargo hold, deck cargo tends to be higher (reducing stability through VCG rise), more exposed to loss or damage due to weather, and subject to higher accelerations.

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