Hazardous Cargo

SEACOR Island Lines maintains an unyielding commitment to safety and the environment. The core values of safe operations and the protection of the environment are not just priorities; they are the foundation upon which the Company operates.

In order to facilitate the efficient processing of your shipment through SEACOR Island Lines’ Port Everglades terminal, please review the following information about hazardous cargo prior to our receipt of your shipment. A professional SEACOR Island Lines customer service representative is available to answer any questions you may have.

Generally speaking, hazardous materials, or dangerous goods are usually identified by the presence of certain package marking or labeling indicating, for example, Hazard Class, UN Number, Proper Shipping Name, Orientation Markings, or ORM-D Consumer Commodity, just to name a few. Another indication would be the presence of a Dangerous Goods Declaration transport document.

The law places the responsibility for correct declaration and proper preparation of a hazardous material or dangerous goods shipment on the person (i.e., the consignor or shipper) offering the shipment to a carrier for transport. Advice on the correct declaration and preparation of these shipments should initially be sought directly from the product manufacturer or distributor. Generally, this information can be obtained from the manufacturer’s product Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) and is normally accessible via the Internet. Unfortunately, some MSDS do not provide current or proper information for ocean export purposes. Independent dangerous goods trained specialists are another good source of guidance.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, commonly shipped undeclared hazardous materials include, but are not limited to:

  • Agricultural: ammonium nitrate fertilizers, pesticides
  • Air conditioning: Refrigerant gases
  • Automotive: Lead-acid batteries, air bag inflators, seatbelt pretensioners,
    fuel injector cleaners, gasoline, diesel fuel
  • Camping and outdoors equipment: fuel gels, propane “tanks”, matches, flares, scuba “tanks”
  • Construction: adhesives, sealants, tars
  • Fire fighting equipment: fire extinguishers
  • Household goods: aerosol spray cans, perfumes, fireworks, oil-based paint related materials,
    adhesives, lighters, drain cleaners, pepper sprays
  • Medical: Oxygen “tanks”
  • Motorized vehicles, tools, and equipment: cars, boats, generators, engines, lawnmowers
  • Pool maintenance: chlorinating tablets or granules


View Examples of Hazardous Materials for Shipping