Bulk Liquid Services
Marine Cargo and Technical Services
Laboratory and Analytical Services
Small Craft Division
Bulk Liquid Services
IMS conducts supervision, inspection, sampling, quantity calculation
and testing of bulk liquids for our clients with reliable, fast and
professional services, including among others:
- Quality Surveys – to determine that both the ship’s tanks and shore
tanks and the Products, Commodities, etc. meet specific quality
parameters including visual inspections, representative sampling and
- Quantity Surveys – to determine the quantity loaded, discharged, or
transferred by measurement and calculation on board vessels and in shore
tanks, including stock audits of storage installations
- Loss control – liquid cargo contamination, loading/out-turn dispute
investigations and loss control attendance for the monitoring of
loading, discharging or transferring or preventative consultations
- ROB Surveys – to determine the quantity of liquid remaining in tanks, associated pipes and pumps after discharge
- Certificates and Documentation – issued promptly as required by our clients
- Petroleum and By-Products Inspections – IMS provides survey,
inspection and supervision services of all petroleum, petrochemical and
chemical cargoes, including pre-shipment inspections, quality and
quantity surveys, as well as tanker andtank barge loading or discharging
- Bunker Surveys – to establish the quantity and quality of bunkers on
board at time of on/off-hire, inventory control and on bunkering,
including barge and shore tank verification, and sampling as required
- Intermodal Tank Equipment – inspection and quantity measurement of road and rail tankers and tank containers can be provided
- Software – we have developed an in-house software program that
ensures prompt and accurate reporting from the job site and greatly
reduces the time required to complete the documentation upon the
completion of loading.
- Mobile Unit – our liquid bulk department is furbished with two
mobile office units, each equipped with a computer system,
communications, and a weather-protected sample-handling station. These
vans can be positioned in close proximity to the tanker(s) and
tank-farm(s) during operations to provide support and superior work
- Edible Oils and Fats – IMS provides full supervision during loading
and discharging including inspecting ship and shore tanks, taking
representative samples, and determining the quality and quantity loaded
or discharged. Clients are kept fully informed of the progress of the
operation and are promptly provided with all required documentation as
requested. Products include:
- Vegetable Oils – Canola (Rapeseed), soybean, sunflower, corn and other vegetable oils
- Other Oils – Fish Oil
- Fats – Tallow
- Canola meals, pellets, oil seeds, etc.
To request a quote or a full survey fill out the IMS Bulk Liquid Survey form
. You are guaranteed a prompt response with a reliable estimate from our professional and experienced surveyors.
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Marine Cargo and Technical Services
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
master in the loading planning and/or calculation to best meet the 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.
Marine Technical Services
- Flag State Surveys – IMS represents a number of Flag States as
inspectors of their ships, including those of The Bahamas, Barbados,
Cyprus and Panama. We regularly conduct safety inspections, condition
survey and marine accident investigations on their behalf on bulk
carriers, tankers and a number of cruise ships that visit BC each
- Condition Surveys – to determine a vessel’s general or specific
condition (including a number of ballast tanks), and its fitness to
trade. This survey is usually on behalf of P & I Clubs and Flag
States (All Vessels over 12 years old require a condition survey prior
to being permitted entrance to the Flag).
- Hull and Machinery – IMS acts as non-exclusive surveyor for a number
of Classification Societies. We have access to highly-qualified marine
engineers as well as consulting arrangements with reputable marine
- Pre-purchase Surveys – on behalf of prospective buyers, to determine
the actual condition of a vessel and its machinery and equipment,
including (if required and permitted) non-destructive ultrasonic
- Non-Destructive Testing – ultrasonic thickness gauging of steel
plates and pipes using Panametric’s 36DL Plus and Flir 400 Infrared
camera and moisture meters.
- Hatch Tightness Testing – We can provide tightness testing by ultra
sound or by way of hose testing for water ingress. Our ultrasonic
equipment is the class approved Sharelog Equipment with data logger.
- Railroad Freight Claims – we provide cargo loss services for a number of railroads that operate within Canada.
- General Average (GA) Consulting – IMS provides consultation by
reviewing GA adjustments and surveys to assist in claims recovery on
behalf of cargo interests.
- Foreign Trade Supervision (FTS) – IMS has considerable experience in
the field of Foreign Trade Supervision (FTS) and is familiar with all
required documentation and inspections.
- Fish Farms – IMS can provide investigations into fish farm location, mooring, equipment, operation, losses and damage.
Superintendencey and Consultancy
- Supervision of the entire cargo operation or some of its various
stages, with a view to ensure a smooth and expeditious turn-around.
- Safety Audits and ISM Consultancy
- Expert Witnesses – assisting law firms, P&I Clubs, Owners, or
other involved parties with investigation, preparation and
substantiating their case.