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The Leschaco Dangerous Goods Logistics Blog

Dangerous goods logistics is a matter of trust. Because dangerous goods logistics not only requires extensive knowledge and experience, but also a sense of responsibility for people and nature.

Advances in natural science, and chemistry in particular, have significantly raised our standard of living in recent decades. At the same time, the number of registered industrial chemicals has more than tripled in the last 20 years. Today, about 350,000 different substances are produced artificially. Scientists assume that there are around 6,000 substances among these that must be classified as dangerous goods.

With globalization, the growing international division of labor, the requirements for safe dangerous goods logistics are also increasing. With the dangerous goods logistics blog, Leschaco wants to offer a platform for the transfer of knowledge around this important topic for people and nature.

What is actually dangerous goods logistics? A definition.

By dangerous goods logistics, we mean all processes relating to the storage, packaging and transport of dangerous goods. For example, the “Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road(ADR)” defines gases, explosives, ammunition and fireworks, flammable, toxic, infectious, radioactive, corrosive, water and environmentally hazardous substances as dangerous goods.
To ensure safety throughout these processes, special technologies and equipment are required, such as fire protection systems, extinguishing devices, fireproof partitions, and chemical-resistant and particularly shockproof containers. But it is also about complex knowledge about the combination of dangerous substances, i.e. the knowledge of which dangerous substances must not come into contact with which substances under any circumstances: What is allowed to be stored and transported together with what at all? How must containers that have come into contact with specific dangerous goods be cleaned?
Dangerous goods logistics requires extensive specialized knowledge and careful and sustainable documentation of all processes so that risks can be minimized and, in the event of an accident, damage can be limited as far as possible. An essential part of this documentation is the conscientious marking of the dangerous goods before transport, i.e. the correct labeling and assignment to the appropriate dangerous goods class. Correct labeling is essential for safe loading, correct transport and a situation-appropriate procedure in the event of damage.

The latest posts on the dangerous goods logistics blog

Maximilian Nause im TM

Forwarding a passion. Leschaco in Tank Container Magazine

Forwarding a passion. Leschaco in Tank Container Magazine The renowned Tankcontainer Magazine interviewed me for its December 2022 issue about the history of Leschaco, but also about our plans for the coming years. Not only did I have the chance to highlight our more than 2,500 employees in 73 offices in more than 23 countries, but I was also able to go into detail about our further growth plans, new markets, new offerings for our customers and new technologies. Of course, the main topics were our activities in the tank container sector and current trends and tendencies in dangerous goods logistics. Where is digitalization taking us? Have customer demands in the chemical industry changed with the pandemic? Are there new regional trends in the globalization of logistics? These were some of the questions around which my conversation with the editors of Tankcontainer Magazine revolved. A short excerpt from the interview: <strong>Tank Container Magazine:</strong> Which container types are experiencing the strongest growth and why? <strong>Maximilian Nause:</strong> Our customer base and general market influences require flexibility and economies of scale, so we see continued growth potential for T11 standard equipment in the 25m3 and 26m3 (baffle wall tank container) sizes. The trend

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Lithium Ionen Batterie

Lithium-ion batteries are dangerous goods and require special precautions for safety during sea transport

Lithium batteries are dangerous goods. We have known this since the catastrophe of the transport ship “Felicity Age”, which sank in the waters of the North Atlantic off the Azores in spring 2022 after a major fire, presumably after a lithium-ion battery caught fire in the cargo. Shipping accidents involving lithium batteries almost regularly fill the leading media and the books of insurance companies. But of course, aviation logistics is also concerned with the risks posed by batteries. The International Air Transport Association IATA has now published a white paper with the attractive title “Make Lithium Batteries safe to ship”. The paper deals with incidents involving lithium batteries and ways to make battery logistics in air transport safer. We have taken a look at this document for the readers of Leschaco’s dangerous goods blog.

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United Nations

How the UN’s model regulations are moving the dangerous goods world

How the UN’s model regulations are moving the dangerous goods world <strong>Currently, the United Nations Model Regulations for the Transport of Dangerous Goods are in their 23rd revision. A committee of experts of the United Nations Economic and Social Council has been developing these “UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods” (TDG) for decades: The so-called “Orange Book” is published anew every two years. It sets standards for secure logistics worldwide.</strong> The UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (TDG) meets in November for the last time this year. The decisions reached at a total of four meetings will be submitted to the higher-level UN committee in December for final approval. These changes will then be published in the 23rd revised edition of the model regulations in the second quarter of 2023 and implemented by 2025. They also touch on the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria, which contains all the criteria, test methods and test procedures to be able to classify dangerous goods in the first place. (As of the beginning of the new year, the provisions that appeared in the 22nd revised edition with publication in 2021 will initially come into force). Regulations for

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Gefahrgut im Seeversand

10 practical tips for the sea shipment of dangerous goods

10 practical tips for shipping dangerous goods by sea The transport of dangerous goods by sea is subject to special regulations. Unlike trucking, where only short transport distances are covered and professional help can be called quickly, a container ship is in the middle of the ocean. With a cargo volume of 24,000 TEU, or 24,000 standard containers that are just under 20 feet or a good six meters long, any small problem can turn into a disaster. In the following, I will describe how shippers can take the best possible precautions for their dangerous goods shipments. There are ten points to pay particular attention to: Which dangerous goods regulations apply to my dangerous goods shipment Carefully mark and label your goods. Describe your goods as accurately as possible. Create a correct Dangerous Goods Declaration (DGD). Is the cargo container safe and suitable for transport Observe separation rules: What is allowed together and what is not? Load securing not only protects your goods. Shipowners ask many additional questions… and often have the last word. Other countries, other (dangerous goods) customs. What else should be considered? 1. what regulations apply to my dangerous goods shipment? In principle, all worldwide dangerous goods

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Smart storage for electric vehicles: Trends in battery development

Smart storage for electric vehicles: Trends in battery development Electromobility is bringing momentum to the energy transition and is one of its key factors. For a long time, the short range of e-vehicles and the inadequate charging infrastructure held back broader social acceptance. Step by step, however, it is arriving: in automotive manufacturing, on the ground, and with drivers. In addition to new technologies, the promoting drivers for this are an increasing awareness of the environment and responsibility, as well as legislation. Politicians are putting together climate protection packages, and manufacturers are investing heavily in their battery development. Various concepts are on the start. Battery development follows the electrification of mobility Within the last years, e-mobility-related technologies and materials have been developed successfully. Therefore, automotive companies are gradually scaling back the production of their combustion engines. Energy density increased, and battery power became much cheaper. E-car drivers now reach much more distant destinations on a single charge, and the charging infrastructure is also improving. Most everyday trips involve only short distances anyway, so skepticism dissipates. Laws are promoting the trend: combustion engines are becoming more expensive due to higher vehicle taxes, the state is offering incentives such as the environmental

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This is where the editorial team of the Leschaco dangerous goods logistics blog blogs about the latest news and background information on dangerous goods logistics. The contributions do not reflect the opinion of Leschaco in every case, but always the position of the respective authors. Members of the editorial team come from trade media, agencies, friendly companies or directly from Leschaco. You can reach us by email . We are looking forward to your suggestions and questions.

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