About CINS

Cargo Incident Notification System is CINS. CINS was established in 2011 to share information on all cargo related incidents. The information is uploaded into the CINS online database which is accessible by CINS members. There are now 14 shipping line members. It was first introduced in 2011 by five of the world’s biggest container lines:

  • Evergreen
  • Hapag Lloyd
  • Maersk Line
  • Mediterranean Shipping Company

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To highlight risks posed by certain cargoes and/or packing failures in order to improve safety in the liner shipping industry, by:

  • capturing and analysing information within the CINS database
  • looking for specific incidents which may require immediate action or assessing incident trends.

Once areas of concern become apparent they can be addressed to relevant authorities to formulate appropriate recommendations or advice, such as amendments to the IMDG Code. This may include advice on training issues on the packing and securing of cargo in containers.

For any clear pattern emerging that could require regulatory intervention, the lines will now have the hard facts to support their claims and no longer have to rely on anecdotal evidence when presenting their case.


The aim of CINS is to:

  • Collect information on operational cargo-related accidents and incidents from seaborne carriers (relevant information, excluding any commercial information, is entered into the CINS database)
  • Analyse global operational information on all cargo and container related accidents.
  • Establish areas of concern and trends in order to improve safety in the transport chain.

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Incidents reported are defined as any incident which causes or has the potential to cause:

  • Injury or loss of life
  • Loss or serious damage of assets
  • Environmental concerns


Cinsnet-screen1The main component of CINS is incident reporting and searching. CINS covers all incidents that involve cargoes. The CINS secretariat selected Exis Technologies to develop the CINS database, the report processing system and network functionality that drives the CINS project. Login to CINSnet

Get involved in the CINS project

If you are a shipping line or advisory organisation, please contact us for more information about the benefits of membership.