You will be required to comply with these standards if you operate a cargo ship or freight vessel, or are involved in loading or unloading cargo at a port.
All forklifts used in loading or unloading cargo must:
- Have pedal hydraulic brakes and a separate parking brake, all complying with clause 13 of Australian Standard AS 1915;
- Have electrical equipment including controls and lights, protected in compliance with International Protection 64 (IP64) of Australian Standard AS 1939;
- Have pneumatic or semi-pneumatic rubber tyres complying with the relevant standards specified by the Tyre and Rim Association of Australia Standards Manual;
- If powered by batteries, comply with Australian Standard AS 2359.1 for a class II hazardous area;
A powered mechanical stowing appliance must not be operated in a cargo space containing goods of classes 2.1 or 3 unless it complies with Australian Standard AS 23591.1.
An internal combustion engine must not be operated in a cargo space during loading or unloading unless it is in good order and condition and complies with section 9.1.7 of the ILO Code. Fire extinguishers must also be provided that comply with the relevant part of AS 1841.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.
Code of Practice
A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.
Australian Standards Relevant to Loading and Unloading Cargo Ships - Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.
Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Ship Safety Division
Navigation Act 2012 (Australian Government)
Marine Order 32, issue 3 (Australian Government)
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