Cargo

‘Ever since the Phoenicians introduced the early principles of general average, there has existed a need for cargo surveyors. It is often perceived that only cargo insurers appoint cargo surveyors. However, it must be remembered that all parties involved in the transportation and handling of goods have the need, on occasion, for independent cargo surveyors, be they shipowners, P & I Clubs, cargo insurers, charterers, stevedores, storage contractors or agents.’

So begins the Lloyd’s Survey Handbook. It continues

‘The purpose of the cargo survey is:

  • To investigate the nature and extent of damage or loss and to establish the possible cause.
  • To assist, without prejudice, on methods necessary to mitigate the loss.
  • To issue a factual report to enable any liability to be determined by the client.
  • To make recommendations to prevent damage or loss occurring in the future.

McAusland Turner have been adhering to these principles since 1888.

Some of the cargo surveys we undertake are as follows:-

Determine the condition of your cargo prior to & after discharge or prior to and after loading.
Determine the quantity of your cargo loaded or discharged by vessel draft survey.
Determine the suitability, condition, and cleanliness of the vessel designated to carry your cargo.
Determine the suitability, condition, and cleanliness of the terminal designated to load or discharge your cargo.
Determine the condition of your cargo prior to & after discharge or prior to and after loading.
Determine adequacy of stowage and securing for intended ocean voyage.
Assist master in properly stowing and securing cargo for intended ocean voyage.
Determine nature, cause, and extent of damage resulting from ocean voyage and/or rough and improper handling.
Cargo Measurement
CMR Liability
Dangerous Goods
Fruit and Vegetables
Ro-Ro Cargoes
Steel Pre-shipment / Discharge Surveys
Supervision at loading, discharging or transfer operations
Vehicle Inspections
Warranty Inspections for Insurers
Investigate oil loss allegations
Oversee STS transfers
Inspection of cargo tanks after rejection for loading
Investigate tank coating disputes
Determine quantity of liquid cargo on board by gauging, specific gravity and temperature.
Determine quantity of cargo in shore tanks by gauging, specific gravity and temperature.
Sampling of cargo in ship and shore tanks.
Comparison of cargo received or delivered by shore tank and vessel tank gauge.
Check for absence of artificial isotopes and issue
Radiation free release certificate
Investigate collapse of container stows
Assess condition of cargo following Clandestine infiltration of illegals
Determine adequacy of container for carriage of intended cargo, including visual examination and light and/or smoke testing.
Determine condition and count of cargo prior to loading of cargo into container.
Witness and record container seal numbers.