Determine the quantity of cargo loaded or discharged by vessel displacement. Prior to loading or discharge, the vessel's draught is read and recorded. The vessel's ballast, fresh water, fuel and diesel oil quantities are determined. Utilizing this information the vessel's initial displacement is calculated. At completion of loading or discharge the same process is repeated and the final displacement is calculated. The difference between the initial and final displacement is the quantity of cargo loaded or discharged.
Bunker quantities are reported as ROB (Remains on Board) at the time of survey, or calculated to the time of delivery or re-delivery. Seaport personnel can also calculate quantities of bunkers received, as well as sample the bunkers for laboratory analysis.
Determine the condition of a vessel prior to or after a charter. Vessel's cargo holds, main deck, and superstructure are inspected. Pre-existing damages are noted and subsequently presented in a written report. This report is augmented with digital photographs embedded in the report.
Cargoes require varying degrees of cleanliness and conditions, and with increasing bio-security protocols, it may be necessary to carry out more intensive inspections, including utilizing hi-reach equipment to inspect the uppermost sections of a cargo hold. Additional testing for salmonella may also be required and performed.
Determine the extent, nature, and cause of the accident, damage, cargo contamination, and/or injury to personnel. Reports will provide associated expenses, including cost of repair and potential loss of productivity; examine accident locations and witnesses; supervise cargo transfers; and provide adequate documentation pertaining to the incident.
Inspection of loading facility for cleanliness and review loading history in the event actionable cleaning procedures are required. For multipurpose facilities, previous cargoes are documented during this process.
In order to comply with Australia Department of Agriculture (DOA) and New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) importing rules and regulations, annual audits are performed for the manufacturing facilities, intermediate and/or wharf storage warehouses.
This inspection includes but is not limited to: cooking temperature ranges; bio-organic contamination prevention; cross-contamination prevention; avian and rodent intrusion prevention; facility hygiene and housekeeping methods; site personnel compliance.
SEAPORT MARINE SURVEYS, INC. IS AN APPROVED 3RD PARTY DOA SURVEYOR & MPI INDEPENDENT VERIFICATION AUTHORITY SURVEYOR
Cleanliness of vessel, barge, and rail cars is determined using DOA/MPI bio-security protocols. Cargo shipments, if required, are sampled, secured, and shipped to an independent third party laboratory as ordered. Results of analysis received from the laboratory are then documented as necessary per contact or letter of credit.
Inspection of all holds after loading by walking over the stow and inspecting the undersides of beams, coamings, bulkheads, and frames utilizing appropriate lighting.
Our samplers are well trained to sample a variety of cargo during loading or discharge. These samples are split and composited as required. Dry bulk cargo samples can be taken by a variety of methods, including an Extended 500ml Sampler or sample probes.
Samples can be tested for bulk densities, granularity, and moisture content.
Liquid bulk cargo samples are taken with a compositing bottle over the full tank height or a zone sampler for top and/or full bottom samples.
Once taken, the individual samples can be proportionally composited, bottled, and prepared for shipment to a specified laboratory. Specific Gravity and pH of samples can be immediately determined in our field laboratories.
We host a mineral concentration laboratory in the Port of Portland. With this intricate machinery, we are able to determine pre-loading moistures, provide comprehensive composite samples, identify transportable moisture limits (TML) for shipping, and flow point data. In addition, we can prepare sample shipments for assay testing.
Comprehensive electronic updates & reports with dedicated attendance while vessel is loading and berthed alongside.
Inspection of the trans-loader and surrounding areas is done to ensure it was blown down and run out. All containers are checked internally and externally to achieve freedom from previous cargoes and foreign materials. Containers are additionally inspected to verify ventilators are not obstructed by tape.
Bulkheads made of steel pipe and cardboard are affixed to the container and decorated with dessicant bags to ensure limited moisture buildup.
Rail cars are inspected externally for contaminants prior to commencement of cargo transfer; cargo surface inspection from the top of the hopper is also performed.