Barrels (Synthetic)

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Example of Barrels (Synthetic)
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Barrels (Synthetic)


Barrels (synthetic), are containers used for the transport of liquid cargo. Progressively in use for the transport of liquid cargo, such as chemicals, paint, wine, silver onions, edible oils, etc. Experience has shown, that at higher temperatures (especially in the tropics) most qualities of synthetic material quickly weaken, causing the barrels to collapse, dent and even to tear. In particular when containing paint or chemicals, the consequences may be disastrous for the cargo, vessel and others.

Shipment / Storage

For the safest possible shipment following rules shall be adhered to:

  • Stowage 2-, 3-high at the most (depending on the strength and size). Fit plywood boards between each tier except between types of jerry cans having a kick in the bottom in which the grip/pouring cap of the underlying can fits. The use of plywood boards then has the opposite effect. When plywood boards are fitted with cans with a kick in the bottom, the pressure will concentrate on the protruding grips causing these to be pushed into the can.
  • Synthetic barrels and metal drums should preferably be stowed and secured separately. Mixed stowage has resulted in the steel drums to dent the synthetic barrels causing the lashings to loosen. When lashing synthetic barrels protection against contraction is achieved by means of timber (Plywood boards) since, in case of softening material, the result could be that the stow would break loose.

Risk factors

For dangerous goods in synthetic containers (barrels) see IMDG Books for the dangerous commodity concerned and the packing instructions.