CONTAINER & GENERAL CARGO SURVEYS
Surveyors may be required to attend at the loading or discharge of general or refrigerated cargoes, either from a conventional ship's hold, ro-ro vessels or containers. They also to advise on the stowage and securing of the cargo or to determine damage. In some instances they are there merely to observe and report on the procedures and operations being carried out.Damage Surveys
Damaged cargo is surveyed to establish the cause and extent of the damage and to minimise any further loss or damage. The surveyor will make recommendations as the best course of action to be taken with regard to the particular commodity. It is therefore essential that the surveyor is familiar with the cargo in order to provide advice on the best method of minimising the loss or damage.
It is general practice nowadays that all containers being returned empty to the container depot are to be inspected for damage and general condition. Repairs, if required, are detailed and quoted according to accepted international criteria. Surveys for cleanliness are also carried out prior to the packing of food stuffs into containers.
Loading & Discharging of Oils and Chemicals
The surveyor acts as an independent body during the custody transfer of oils and chemicals. The surveyors’ role is to monitor product transfer operations including the loading from shore to vessel, discharge from vessel to shore and road tanker and tank container loadings or discharges.