At a very basic level, stowage coordination is the practice of determining, where on a vessel, containers should be loaded to allow for the optimal load and discharge of that vessel. It should take into account considerations for the ports in the rotation, the number of ports in the rotation, the correct segregation of the cargo, the number of cranes required and the overall vessel stability. Of course, the reality of stowage coordination is much more complex than this implies.
Stowage is a giant puzzle that needs to be solved. The difference between stowage and an actual puzzle is that there is no one single end result to stowage. There are numerous combinations that can be applied to solve the puzzle and none of them can be described as truly correct or incorrect. Every scenario will have positive and negative aspects to it, often depending on what the stowage coordinator is trying to achieve with this particular stow. The other aspect is that this is a ne