Out of gauge….madam

Not a lot of people know that.

If an item, whatever it may be, is to be transported by sea and it’s too big to fit into a standard shipping container (a teu), then it’s regarded as ‘out of gauge’.

By whom is it so regarded? Well, seemingly, in the world of offshore construction, just about everybody!

The owners, the shippers, the insurers and the end users. The insurers especially, get to call the shots in these matters and insist that any ‘out of gauge’ shipments are subject to ‘MWS’. The warranty surveyor gets involved with each shipment. Lifting plans, transport plans, rigging stresses, load stresses, sea fastening, vessel suitability surveys, attendance and C of A issue for loadout, sailaway and discharge, they’re all required. It’s a big old to-do and it’s a relatively new requirement. The shippers and cargo handlers aren’t used to producing the vast amounts of paperwork and calculations required for approval, they very often produce low grade or un-acceptable procedures and it can all get a bit fraught.

Imagine a large ship at the quay, it’s ‘downtime’ or waiting time is a large amount of wonga per hour. A missing piece of documentation can prevent an approval, delays result and tempers shorten. It’s not nice, really not nice to be caught in the middle but it happens frequently. So be it. That’s what the money’s paid for, dotting the ‘I’s and crossing the ‘T’s.

That’s one of the main reasons allatsea took 6 months off (without pay, sniff; public sector it may have been different, not in the real world though…sigh), he just got fed up with being caught in the middle. When a chap has spent his entire life doing any and everything to be ‘liked’, to spend the best part of a year upsetting folk in the line of duty was all too much for such a delicate and sensitive chap. It did great damage.

General advice then, if you want to be loathed then the obvious career choices of policeman, tax inspector, politician etc aren’t the only choices you can make, MWS is in there too….right up at the front.

On a positive note, bottles of gin were available in Aldi’s today for £13, Villa beat Chelsea, the Scots got botty raped by Wales and seallat found a £20 note in the change draw. Life is good.

About allatsea

Sixty year old master-mariner. Absolutely gorgeous. Well wedged.....when compared to a Nairobi street urchin. Sorted, in that I haven't been in court recently. Hopelessly optimistic, terminally disappointed. Good with cats and other fluffy things. No musical talent. Generous to a fault provided it's someone else's round. Political centreist with far right and left viewpoints. A green activist from the hydrocarbon position with nuclear leanings. Averse to avarice but always happy to receive lottery wins, gifts, windfalls, legacies, prizes and wet sloppy kisses.
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