At CJA we carry out Pre Shipment Inspection - Inspection of cargo or the compartment where it will be stowed before loading. Shipowners and charterers sometimes call for a survey to be carried out at a shipper's premises so as to gain a better understanding of some unusual commodity offered for shipment.
Occasionally surveyors may be called upon by shippers to advise on packaging and handling where shippers are unfamiliar with a new trade.
But the most usual situation is for a surveyor to be retained for this purpose by the shippers' underwriters. P&I Clubs often call for pre-shipment inspection for cargoes that commonly give rise to claims on shipowners. Steel is commodity which presents problems with regard to rust and care is needed in making sure that bills of lading are appropriately claused.
Pre shipment inspection is also known as Pre-loading survey.
This activity includes compiling preliminary stowage plan and final cargo plan, monitoring of all stages of loading, control for stowage and securing of cargo in holds. Both ship's surveyors and underwriters' surveyors may be involved with these surveys. Loading surveys may be required as an extension to service provided above or may stand alone.
Surveyors are often called upon to inspect cargo securing, both in a ship and in a container. In a conventional ship it is usually the function of the ship's surveyor to certify that the shipowner or charterer have taken all reasonable precautions to cargo stowage and securing for the forthcoming voyage.
In a container, unless packed by the ship's representatives, it is more likely that cargo securing survey to be carried out by the shipper's or underwriter's surveyor. We provide this service and are experienced in doing a professional job of it