Restricted items are items that have a transport restriction and therefore cannot be airfreighted. These items can be divided in three categories:
• Narcotics or controlled drugs. There seems to be a legislative paradox
regarding the supply of medication to the Shipping and Offshore industry. The
different regulations state that vessels need to be compliant to the applicable
regulation, however the different laws on controlled drugs (narcotics)
prohibits pharmacies worldwide to freely trade these controlled drugs between
countries. To solve this issue Lagaay hasbuilt up a worldwide network of local partners that help out with the
local supply of these controlled drugs. As not all drugs are available in every
country, the possibility might be limited to the supply of a local substitute
or no delivery at all. What is to be considered as controlled drugs also
differs per country.
• Flammables (such as spray cans and alcohol).
• Medical oxygen
• Refrigerated items (medicines
that have to be kept cool).
The transport restrictions of the products of these last two categories are limited in the sence that they could be transported as long as they are packed in a certain way (extra time and extra costs) or transported in a correct fashion.
The supply of the medical outfitting on board of vessels worldwide needs to be done in accordance to the applicable regulation. Which regulation needs to be followed, depends on the flag state of the vessel (so a Danish flagged vessel, needs to be in accordance with the Danish regulation). If it is clear which regulation (medical outfitting) needs to be on board of a vessel, the following aspects determine the quantities and content of the regulation:
1) The amount of crew on board
2) Is the vessel certified to carry dangerous cargo (IMDG, MFAG, PTC, etc.)
3) Is the vessel sailing worldwide or does the vessel stay close to shore
4) How many lifeboat kits does the vessel need
5) Will the vessel be trading in a Malaria infested area