The hazard cargos are also referred to as hazardous material, hazmat and hazardous cargo, and are assigned proper UN number, a proper shipping name (PSN) and a packing group that serves as identifiers before putting in transit.

Dangerous goods or hazardous goods have been given this name for a reason. These goods need to be handled with utmost care and consideration of its dangerous nature and any miss-declaration; miss-communication or incorrect documentation could have severe consequences and could prove disastrous to human lives on shore or on a ship.

The goods mentioned below are considered hazardous for the following reasons:

•LITHIUM BATTERIES:If packed incorrectly or damaged in transit, lithium batteries can short-circuit, causing them to overheat and catch fire.

•SPRAYS AND AEROSOLS:The compressed gas that makes these items work is hazardous and can explode if packed incorrectly.

•PAINTS AND VARNISHES:Oil-based paints, spray paints and varnishes can overheat and catch fire in certain conditions.

•PERFUMES: Alcohol, which is a flammable substance, is also a crucial ingredient in almost all perfumes and colognes.

Even insecticide gases, fibreglass repair kits, smoke detectors, compressed oxygen, fertiliser, calcium carbide, etc. are considered to be hazardous.

These dangerous goods are classified into nine classes including various sub-classes. Based on these classifications, goods are packed, labelled and transported accordingly.

Class 9 dangerous goods

•Class 1: Explosives

• Class 2: Gases

• Class 3: flammable Liquid & Combustible Liquid

• Class 4: Flammable Solid, Spontaneously Combustible, and Dangerous when wet

• Class 5: Oxidizer and Organic Peroxide

• Class 6: Poison (Toxic) and Poison Inhalation Hazard

• Class 7: Radioactive

• Class 8: Corrosive

• Class 9: Miscellaneous

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