We visually inspect the cargo at the stockpiles, barges or rail cars when the vessel has berthed at a terminal or quay, to identify any changes to the cargo, and verify that holds and hatches are clean and suitable for loading the intended cargo. The initial and final draft readings are monitored co-jointly with the nominated marine surveyor. In addition to this, we ensure that all soundings are duly recorded and all measurements, soundings and calculations are performed properly.
We inspect terminal facilities, including blending equipment (if applicable), magnetic separators, screening and cleaning units and sampling systems to verify that they are in proper working order. We monitor the loading and sampling operations performed by the nominated suppliers surveyors and visually inspect the condition of the cargo to check if this meets the contractual requirements and protect our client interests.
A quality inspection of the loading process is monitored and we visually inspect the condition of the cargo to guard against loading of contaminants and general suitability for use by the client. We also monitor if the nominated surveying company appointed by the suppliers or shippers performs the sampling operations in accordance with the relevant standards for quality assurance.
Upon request, we can collect, seal, dispatch and/or store split samples of sub-lots or composite samples from the supplier's surveyors after loading.
Additional services which can be offered include a witnessed sample preparation and total moisture determination and a pre-shipment cargo inspection.