Manage loading, discharging and stowage of cargo

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver MARA4001A, 'Manage loading, discharging and stowage of cargo'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria


Plan the stow


Loading manual is interpreted to determine operational loading conditions


Still water shear forces and bending moments in any load or ballast condition are known and not exceeded


Load is planned to ensure stresses in vessel are minimised by evenly distributing cargo


Load is planned to avoid incompatible cargo stowage


Regulations relating to hazardous materials/dangerous goods are observed, where appropriate


Load is planned for unloading sequence


Vessel cargo carrying capacity is not exceeded for appropriate load line


Vessel trim is calculated to allow for optimum vessel performance at sea


Plan load/unload with stevedores


Available port/vessel cargo handling gear and equipment is determined


Handling capacity of cargo handling gear and equipment is established


Pumping capacity of cargo pumps is verified


Availability and status of human resources is resolved


Cargo manifest is made available


Cargo stowage plan is completed and agreed with stevedores


Stability calculation is made and checked against vessel stability information manual


Notice of readiness to load/unload is provided


Prepare for loading


Holds are checked to ensure they are clean, dry and free of smell


Safety arrangements in holds are verified to ensure they are operational


Supplies of dunnage and mats are reviewed to ensure there are sufficient available


Bilges are covered with tarpaulins/wrappers before loading


Checks are made to ensure cargo is correctly identified, inspected and confirmed against documentation


Preparations for loading are monitored according to stowage plan and organisational procedures


Control loading/

unloading of cargo


Instructions are given to crew and stevedores involved in cargo loading/unloading according to cargo stowage plan


Compliance with regulations, procedures and instructions pertaining to type of cargo being handled is managed during loading/unloading operations


Loading/unloading is monitored to ensure loading rate is not exceeded in the case of bulk or liquid cargo


Vessel stability is observed during loading/unloading operations


Loading/unloading operations are checked against stowage plan


Cargo is secured and lashed according to lashing plan


All cargo handling documentation is completed according to organisational procedures and regulatory requirements


Manage ballast management operations


Ballast discharge requirements of port authority are complied with


Ballast management activities are monitored according to organisational procedures and port authority requirements


Ballast management problems are identified and appropriate action is taken to minimise risk to the environment


Monitor care of cargo during voyage


Vessel plan for care of cargo during the voyage is implemented according to organisational and customer requirements, and relevant regulations


Ventilation and humidity control systems are checked


Action required to maintain the wellbeing of cargo during the voyage is initiated according to customer requirements and organisational procedures


Compliance with safety and hazard minimisation procedures and regulations related to cargo care is managed at all times during the voyage to maintain safety of personnel, cargo and vessel


Appropriate action is taken in the event of a cargo-related incident or emergency to rectify problem, secure cargo and maintain safety of vessel and personnel