TM 55-607/NAVSEA OP 3221 Rev 2
BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR CARGO LOADING AND SECURING
4-1. General Loading Procedures
a. General requirements for loading or unloading military explosives and other cargo are specified by 46CFR146.29-45.
The loading operation is performed in two phases: transfer of the cargo from railcars or trucks to the dock and transfer
from dock to ship. Railcars or trucks are subjected to visual inspections en route to the loading area to ensure that the
cargo has not been damaged in transit. After the railcar or truck has been opened and its contents inspected, cargo is
transferred by forklift truck to designated spotting points for each hatch, as shown in figure 4-1. When military explosives
are to be handled, loaded, or unloaded by mechanical means, equipment specified for the various classes of explosives
in 46CFR146.09 and 46CFR146.29-100 will be used. Handling and slinging procedures are specified by 46CFR146.29-
In addition, cargo handling gear and operations will be in accordance with the longshoring regulations of 29CFR1918.
Naval activities must inspect and test ship's cargo gear in accordance with NAVSEAINST 8023.A.