Cargo Residues


Cargo residues, which can be found in the holds or on deck, need to be swept up and collected at the earliest opportunity in order to prevent contamination of the next cargo. It is also done to avoid safety hazards linked to cargo spillage on deck. Cargo residues are normally limited to small quantities and form a fraction of the ship’s total cargo.

Recognizing that some cargo residues may raise valid concerns for the marine environment, Fednav  has adopted the following policy and objectives to ensure proper management of cargo residues. It is further distributed to all vessels within its fleet operational guidelines for their implementation.

It must be recognized that issues of safety are predominant at all times.


1.  Fednav seeks to minimize if not eliminate the quantity of cargo residues discharged into the marine environment by vessels within its fleet.

2.  Fednav requires that all deck and hold sweepings, as well as cleaning water containing cargo residues, be disposed of in strict compliance with all applicable international, national, and local requirements [1].

3.   Since 1992, all vessels constructed for companies within Fednav  have been fitted with dedicated holding and decanting tanks, thus facilitating the proper management of hold washing residues.

4.   Fednav is committed to working with shippers, receivers, and stevedores to reduce the amount of cargo residues left on board the vessel as a result of cargo-handling procedures.

5.   Fednav will continue to implement operational procedures to minimize the quantity of cargo residues left on board its vessels.

When safe and legal to do so, vessels’ crews will work with stevedores to:

i)  facilitate the removal of cargo residues from cargo holds

ii)  sweep and collect cargo residues spilled on deck during loading and unloading operations

Wherever possible, cargo residues will be taken ashore prior to the vessel leaving the berth.

6. Fednav will seek to obtain a commitment from its charterers to ensure that cargo residues will be removed prior to the vessel leaving the berth.

7.  Fednav will seek to use only “eco-friendly” products in its hold cleaning operations.

8.  Fednav will cooperate with stevedores in their efforts to reduce dust emissions.

9. Fednav requires its vessels to refrain from discharging solid cargo residues in the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River, and the St. Lawrence Estuary.

[1] International, national, and local requirements for the disposal of cargo residues are communicated to vessels through Fednav International Ltd.  Operations Department, shipowners, shipmanagers and/or local ship agents. These include such requirements as Annex V of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), the Canadian Regulations for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships and Dangerous Chemicals, and the USCG Enforcement Policy for Cargo Residues on the Great Lakes.