When it comes to shipping goods, ensuring the safety and integrity of the cargo is of utmost importance. This is where loading/discharging surveys play a crucial role. These surveys involve monitoring the cargo during the loading and discharging processes, and noting its condition to ensure that it arrives at its destination in the best possible state.
During the loading process, the surveyor carefully inspects the cargo to ensure that it is properly stowed and secured. This includes checking if the cargo is properly packed, whether it is being loaded according to the loading plan, and if any special handling instructions are being followed. The surveyor also takes photographs to document the condition of the cargo before it is loaded onto the vessel.
Similarly, during the discharging process, the surveyor closely monitors the cargo to ensure that it is being handled with care. They check if any damage has occurred during transit, if there are any signs of mishandling, and if the cargo is being unloaded according to the agreed-upon procedures. Again, photographs are taken to document the condition of the cargo upon discharge.
By conducting loading/discharging surveys, shipping companies can have a clear record of the cargo’s condition at various stages of the journey. This documentation can be used as evidence in case of any disputes or claims regarding the cargo’s condition. It also helps in identifying any potential issues or damages that may have occurred during loading or discharging, allowing for timely intervention and resolution.