A draft survey is a calculation of the weight of cargo loaded or unloaded to or from a ship from measurements of changes in its displacement. The technique is based on Archimedes’ principle. The procedure we use is standardized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe for the measurement of Bulk cargoes. The draft survey is performed by reading the ship’s draft on the draft markings at six standard points on the hull: forward, midships and aft on both port and starboard sides. Corrections for factors such as trim, water density and non-cargo weight changes are made before calculating the cargo weight change.
Vessel’s cargo holds visually inspected for Cleanliness and suitability to load cargo as per shipper’s requirements. Inspections of Holds after separations in case of multiple parcels to be loaded.
Advisory inspections to assist the vessel in preparing and/or advising on the required cleaning needed to be done to load cargo in vessels holds.
Conducted to ascertain how much fuel is on board the vessel or being loaded on board the vessel, bunker surveys are carried out for Charterers or Ship Owners.
The surveyor will request the attendance of at least one of the ship’s crew to show him the sounding pipes and to conduct the sounding of the fuel tanks together with the ship’s representative.
An on-hire survey is carried out to protect the interests of either the Owners or Charterers when chartering of a vessel occurs. The survey includes a visual inspection and requires calculation of fuel on board at time of on-hire, along with a full inventory
of existing damage to the vessel. Photographic evidence is taken in all instances and included in the report.
Hose testing and tank top condition surveys may also be carried out as required by the client.
An off-hire survey is carried out to protect the interests of the Owners and Charterers to ascertain the overall condition of a vessel.
An off-hire survey involves visual inspection and may require the calculation of fuel on board at the time of off-hire, along with a full inventory of existing damage to the vessel,
A detailed report is issued with photographic evidence in all instances.
Include inspection of cargo at the warehouse and on board the vessel as well as the performance of silver nitrate testing for the presence of chlorides. Pre-shipment damage is observed and reported to the relevant authority to allow for substitution or short loading as required.
All steel and general cargo pre-loading surveys are accompanied by a visual inspection of the hatch condition highlighting deficiencies, which are brought to the ships and principal’s attention.
Inspection and sampling of Bulk cargo Prior to loading or discharging, on behalf of Shippers or Owners/Charterers to confirm cargo clean and free of contaminates and/or if required to check the moisture content either by analysis or by spot checks using common CAN test. Inspection of Break bulk Cargo for damages and or defects. These cargo condition surveys can range from Bulk Cargo to Car Inspections and Container Unpack/repack inspections. High and Heavy lift inspections/Monitoring. Cargo contamination Inspections, Pre-Discharge inspections for Bugs/infestation.