Load and Discharge Draft Survey
It is important to ensure that the correct quantity of cargo has been loaded on to a vessel. Disputes can arise at the load or discharge port between the vessel owner and charterer, or the vessel and the shipper/receiver of the cargo.
For that purpose, it is important to have a marine surveyor verify the amount of cargo loaded or discharged, by Draft Survey. Our team has a vast experience in conducting draft surveys at various ports in Australia.
Cargo Hold Cleanliness Inspection
Australia exports a variety of bulk cargoes, for which the cargo holds require to be in a rather clean condition. Potential contaminants such as rust or previous cargo residues are not tolerated. Once the vessel fails the cargo hold inspection, the expense of cleaning the cargo holds are astronomical, especially if a shore-based crew is engaged.
Our surveyors can inspect the vessel's cargo holds prior to inspection by shippers' surveyor and advise the Master/owner on what cleaning to carry out. In our experience, this has worked out very economical for our existing clients in the past.
Cargo Holds Water-tightness and Seal
At times, it is required by charterers that vessel's cargo holds be tested for water-tightness prior to loading cargo. This could be for insurance purposes. It may further be required that hatch covers and hatch entrances be sealed with numbered security seals, after loading is complete.
We can assist with both the above, by using class approved ultra sonic hatch cover testing machine or performing a hose test or chalk test on the hatch covers and entrances. Hatch entrances and hatch covers are also sealed by our surveyors after completion of loading.
Container/Cargo Damage Surveys
Sometimes cargo within a container is noted to be damaged, when the contaier is opened by the receiver. We can be instrumental in protecting the receiver's interests or the shipping line's interest in that event.
A detailed report with photos is isuued after the inspection and ways of mitigation of claims are suggested.
Container/Flatrack Lashing Surveys
Most container liners require a marine surveyor to report that the lashings taken by the exporter are adequate for the intended voyage. We have for some time now, been engaged in the inspection of stowage and lashing of cargo on a flatrack, or cargo within a container.
A report is issued with photos and description of the securing. Also Out of Gauge measurements are reported if applicable.
MO32 Lifting Appliances Verification
Australian Navigation Act (amended) demands Marine orders issued from time to time in sync with industry needs and demands of time. Marine Order 32 requires the vessel cargo handling gear in good sound condition with material handling register endorsed and kept updated. We often receive special requests from Charterers/Ship Owners to conduct a survey to confirm compliance with MO32. We have been instrumental in assiting container vessel operators/owners in securing an approval from Terminal safety representative after additional scaffoldings on cross deck required as per Australian standards (MO32).