IMS offers a full range of commercial survey, inspection, sampling
and testing services with supporting Certificates and other relevant
documentation, including, but not limited to, the following:
- Hold and Tank Cleanliness/Condition Surveys – vessel’s cargo
worthiness, including hold and tank condition and cleanliness, and the
general suitability to load a particular cargo.
- Vessels of On/Off Surveys – vessel’s hold condition and/or bunker on board at time of “on/off hire.”
- Compliance Surveys – verifying the vessel’s suitability to carry
cargoes governed by rules or codes, such as grain, bulk cargoes, timber
deck cargoes and hazardous goods; and the practical application of local
laws and customs of the trade.
- Cargo Pre-Loading Surveys – to measure and calculate the cargo’s
volume for freight payment and stowage purposes, and to verify its
condition by recording all visible damage before shipment or at the
warehouse or dock for insurance purposes, carriers and freight
- Loading, Handling and Stowage Advice – including stability and
stress calculations; advice on draft and trim; safe carriage and
discharge; to assure the effectiveness of securing; and for recommending
and supervising loading, stowage, lashing, blocking and bracing to
ensure the safe carriage of the cargoes.
- Grain Stability Separations and Stress Calculation – assisting
the master in the loading, planning and/or calculation to best meet code.
- Heavy-Lift and Project Cargo Surveys – cargo condition, handling,
stowage and lashing before and during loading are mostly done on behalf
of shippers, underwriters, carriers and freight forwarders.
- Pre-Shipment Surveys – surveys of break-bulk cargo, especially
newsprint, wood-pulp and project cargoes to ensure that bills of lading
and mate’s receipts accurately note the apparent condition of cargo when
it is loaded, and to comment on the water-tightness, condition and
ventilation of the vessel’s holds.
- Out-turn Surveys – surveys of break-bulk cargo, especially steel, on
arrival at the discharge port, to establish condition and any damages
or shift of cargo that may have occurred during the voyage. This survey
often requires Silver Nitrate testing for chloride residues.
- Draft Surveys – surveys to determine the quantity of a bulk cargo
loaded or discharged by reading the vessel’s drafts, measuring the
ballast water, fuel and diesel oil and other liquids on board, and
calculating the final quantity by using the vessel’s approved
dead-weight scales and tank tables, etc.
- Dead-freight Surveys – to determine by measurement the amount of
cargo a vessel could have loaded if all the available space was
utilised. This is to determine the loss of freight due to short shipment
- Hatch Sealing – to ensure that no contamination or loss of cargo
occurs during passage or stopover in other Ports prior to final
- Damage Surveys – investigation of cargo damage or loss claims on
behalf of P&I Clubs, carriers, shippers, consignee, etc. to
determine possible cause and extent of any damage that may have occurred
during shipment and to assist in mitigating further losses.
- Stevedore and Terminal Damage – the investigation and survey of
damage to vessels, terminal equipment, containers, cargo, cargo hoses,
etc. that is alleged to have occurred as the result of handling the
equipment, cargo, etc.