Discharging bulk cargoes (sugar, zinc/lead concentrate) at Tuapse port

 

The procedure of discharging this cargo is almost the same like at Novorossiysk.

The cargo is discharged into r. w. wagons by means of grabs, which are not also maintained well. The discharging is performed rather carelessly what results in considerable cargo spillage on the pier, vesselís deck and in the seawater. In the course of discharging the cargo is re-weighed on portís scale for ascertaining the quantity of discharged cargo. On completion of discharging operations Statement-Notice and General-Statement are issued by Port Authority on the ground of the results of the cargo re-weighing, these official documents indicate the quantity of cargo accepted by the port/cargo receivers.

It is to be noted that at times of strict control over the bulk cargo discharging procedure the average annual loss of bulk cargo amounted to 0,35%. For the last few years this figure has increased up to 0,58%, in some cases the shortage achieving 1,3 %. For your information  the static scales not requiring disconnection of r. w. wagons indicate the quantity of the cargo always with a tendency to decreasing of the actual quantity delivered under a Bill of Lading (we assume, due to human factor). For big shipments of bulk cargoes their shortage may amount up to 300 mt for every vessel.

We are of the opinion that, for protection of shipownerís interests itís necessary to appoint a surveyor for conducting initial/final draft survey, empty holds inspection after completion of discharging, and rendering assistance to the Master in proper clausing the Statement-Notice.  

This volume of precautions will give chance to the Owner to reject shortage claims proving that all the quantity loaded has been delivered and discharged.

The above is within the scope of services provided by our company.

 

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