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b. The dockside handling procedures for cargo to be stowed on deck are the same as those previously described for
cargo stowed in the hold. Often, however, the cargo is positioned on deck with the hoisting gear and then manually
stowed. Proper emplacement of cargo is as significant for a tight stow on deck as it is in the hold, and to achieve this
end, the unit loads should abut one another as much as possible.
4-4. General Types of Explosive Loads
The explosives loaded aboard merchant ships can be classed generally as rectangular or round. For stowing and
securing purposes, loads are more specifically grouped as follows:
Rectangular Unit Loads. Items unitized
on wood pallets, metal pallets,
or skids (fig 4-4).
Round, Single-Item Loads. Large items loaded individually (fig 4-5).
Overhanging Unit Loads (fig 4-6).
Single Containers and Unitized Loads of Containers (fig 4-7).