In many instances loading operations
commence immediately upon the vessel's arrival, so that there is no time
for the ship's personnel to inspect the cargo prior to it being
loading. It is also not unusual that the complement of a vessel has
never previously had to follow the loading of a intended cargo, thus
putting it at a considerable disadvantage with regard to the formulation
of adequate damage clauses when discussing such defects with shippers
specialising in such cargoes.
Further to the ship's officers probably
will not be familiar with the systems of marking and identifying the
various parcels of cargo which are involved, because such systems vary
from port to port. In consequence of the foregoing it has become
customary for shipowners, managers and/or charterers to appoint a
competent local surveyor, experienced in pre-shipment survey work, to
inspect cargoes prior to their shipment and during loading.
CROSSLINE SERVICES performs pre-shipment Survey (inspection) of all
types of cargo. After completion of the survey we give suitable
descriptive clauses relating to any visible damages of goods, physical
defects, structural abnormalities that might be construed by the third
parties as defects which develop after shipment.
Our surveyors are sufficiently competent to have his terms of reference
extended, if necessary, to permit his intervention with reference to
stowage problems and any other subjects giving rise to disputes which
can develop during the course of loading.