vessel stow plan

(shipping/customs/security) Advance planning for the stowage of containers (and other cargo) on board a vessel. Advance planning for stowage is required in order to: facilitate loading and unloading, provide for a balanced vessel, accommodate cargo that must be shipped below or above deck, provide efficiencies for unloading cargo at successive ports of call, provide for special requirements for hazardous cargo, and new security regulations (such as the new “10+2” rules).
(U.S. Customs and Border Protection/security) The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) now requires, as part of the Security Filing, commonly known as the 10+2 initiative, that importers and vessel operating carriers provide additional advance trade data to CBP. Among other things, this regulation requires carriers to submit a vessel stow plan for vessels destined to the United States.
The vessel stow plan must include the following standard information relating to the vessel and each container laden on the vessel: 1) Vessel Name, 2) Vessel Code (IMO Code), 3) Voyage Number, 4) Container Operator, 5) Equipment Initial, 5a) Equipment Number, 5b) Equipment Number check Digit, 6) Equipment Size/Type Code, 6a) Equipment Length, 6b) Equipment Height, 6c) Equipment Width, 7) Stowage Position, 8) Hazardous Material Code, 8a) Hazardous Material Code Qualifier, 9) Port of Lading, 10) Port of Discharge. CBP also requires the inclusion of the last Foreign Departure Port with Date/Time as well as the first U.S. Arrival Port with the Date/Time. For more details, contact U.S. Customs and Border Protection at: www.cbp.gov.

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