AI-based system detects cargo misdeclarations to enhance safety

THE MARITIME EXECUTIVE | Dealing with misdeclared cargo and its consequences is one of the most challenging issues for the shipping industry. Believed to be at the root of major marine accidents, including fires causing loss of life and significant damage, shipping lines have been seeking to develop an approach to detect and reduce the risks of misdeclarations. 

In July 2020, the National Cargo Bureau reported that its recent inspection initiatives revealed an alarming number of containers included misdeclared dangerous cargoes. Citing the fact that on average a containership suffers a major fire every 60 days, the NCB reported that it conducted more than 32,000 dangerous dry and tank good inspections in the U.S. in 2019, finding that more than six percent of the containers were carrying dangerous goods that had been misdeclared. 

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