The 6 Biggest Cargo Risks


Risk Management organisation Risk and Insurance has released an article of graphics showing the top six risks that are likely to affect the safety of cargo along the supply chain.

Cargo security at ports is essential for ensuring that containers are not damaged or stolen.

Below is a list of the top six risks associated with cargo containers.



  1. Unreliable Carriers

On the one hand, unreliable carriers can be a risk to the safe transportation of containers. However, carrier reliability has improved in recent months, with Maersk Line topping the list for the most reliable shipping line.

  1. Poorly designed packaging

  1. Theft

Without the correct security precautions, ports can be liable to unauthorised access and therefore the theft of cargo containers. According to Jean-Philippe Deby, Business Development Director at Genetec, ports must consider using perimeter detection with video surveillance and access control to avoid such risks.

To read a Technical Paper on the importance of video surveillance at ports, click here

  1. Warehousing

  1. Handling

Cargo can be at risk if operators of a particular piece of equipment are not trained correctly, as was the case in late 2014, when a forklift toppled over after making a risky container lift.

To read a Technical Paper on the second part on how to effectively handle containers from megaships, click here

  1. Shipping Lane Disruptions

Disruptions can occur in a variety of ways. The most common, it seems, is through collisions, as was the case along the Suez Canal, where two container ships collided while making their regular calls.

To read a Technical Paper on navigation simulation for megaship handling, click here

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