PRESERVING SAFETY AT SEA: A GUIDE TO EFFECTIVE AND SAFE FUMIGATIONS
Effective and safe fumigation is an impactful way to protect cargo during transportation. However, did you know that Alfred H Knight’s expert Master Fumigators can also protect and ensure the safety and integrity of the crew?
THE IMPORTANCE OF PROTECTING COMMODITIES
Protecting commodities is important for many reasons, not least to ensure that the goods customers receive are as described.
For instance, products such as grains and feed are like magnets to unwanted bugs and insects, which cause irreversible damage to your materials. This not only devalues your cargo but can negatively impact the reputation, reliability and integrity of your business.
Protecting commodities through fumigation is most commonly a requirement of the country of destination which is in place to prevent just that. Failure to certify that commodities have been correctly fumigated could lead to the enforcement of import charges.
By selecting a reputable fumigation company like AHK, organisations can expect effective fumigation practices that minimise the risks posed to commodities. Our experts strive to maintain the quality of our client’s cargo, helping to uphold the reputation and reliability of businesses.
THE IMPORTANCE OF PROTECTING THE VESSEL CREW
To ensure the safety of the crew, it is crucial that you employ an expert with years of experience to administer your fumigants.
Whilst fumigation can play a key role in protecting your high-value commodities, if done incorrectly or without proper precautions, it can expose crew members to toxic fumigants which could potentially lead to serious health risks, severe harm or even loss of life.
An experienced Master Fumigator will strictly adhere to established safety guidelines and provide adequate training to vessel crew members to ensure their safety at each point in the ship’s journey. They will take care to provide the vessel crew with essential information to prevent accidents and in the worst case prevent leaks to eliminate exposure to the fumigant, as well as the correct way to ventilate and enter cargo holds safely.
Through the utilisation of well-maintained and serviceable breathing apparatus, calibrated digital gas detectors and proper essential tools like tape, foam, glue and plastic sheeting, an expert fumigator can help stop small leaks from turning into deadly situations and mitigate the risks associated with fumigant use.
By taking these steps, your fumigator will help to minimise or negate the potential for accidents, injuries and fatalities during the fumigation process, ensuring the protection of human life.
LOOKING FOR AN EXPERT FUMIGATOR?
When it comes to agricultural trade, your commodities require a considered approach. Alfred H Knight takes pride in providing an exceptional service, tailored to meet the individual requirements of our clients.
AHK’s team of Master Fumigators are highly trained and well-experienced in all aspects of fumigation, from application to mitigating issues that result from gas leaks. We resolve problems in a safe, calm and effective manner to ensure crew and cargo arrive at the port of destination. When we leave the ship, everyone on the vessel is clear on the procedures for safe in-transit fumigation.
As experts in a range of agricultural commodities, our Master Fumigators are licensed Provincially (Canada) and also hold Grain and Feed Trade Association certification (GAFTA) and are registered as approved fumigators. This, combined with our utilisation of internationally recognised techniques and adherence to standard operating procedures, ensures we execute our work in a secure, efficient manner.
If you would like to speak to one of our Master Fumigators to discuss a bespoke effective and safe fumigation solution for your operations, visit our Fumigation page today or get in touch with our team here.