Timber deck lashings: tags and certificates
The lack of proper certificates is another leading cause of rejection of lashing gear by Transport Canada Port Wardens. They have been extremely strict in ensuring that proper certificates are in place and can reject them for even the smallest written error.
The certificates must be in possession of the ship's command. They need to be in the exact format as specified by Transport Canada and within the four-year period from the last date of test. Recertification may be ordered in the case of a valid certificate that is due to expire prior to the vessel's scheduled arrival at discharge ports.
Note: Mill certificates and Class certificates are not in the format specified by Transport Canada and do not contain the required information. They will be rejected.
A-1 Marine personnel have worked closely with Transport Canada for over 20 years and ensure that all certification meets their requirements. There have been a number of changes in the application of the Timber Deck Lashing regulations and certificate formats have had to be updated.
When we are doing a testing or recertification job, we send the results and new certificates directly to Transport Canada. That is the assurance that the job has been done up to standards.
Note: As a matter of security and integrity, we do not give out sample certificates. It is our policy only to issue certificates for work that we have actually completed, whether it is testing, recertification or supply of new materials.