Editorial: Preventing shortage claims in wet bulks (9th December 2011)

The latest publication from our loss prevention department focuses on one of the major sources of cargo-related claims in the tanker sector - cargo contamination.

The “Tanker Shortage Claims Checklist” identifies the main causes of such cargo claims and compiles the key points to consider in the pre-loading, loading and discharge phases of cargo carriage.

Whilst the checklist format makes for simplicity and ease of use, the content is the accumulation of experience and feedback to our ship inspectors and claims handlers to build a body of best practice.

A proper planning and preparation process is the foundation of preventing against shortage claims.  However, without effective teamwork and communication such preparation cannot provide its full benefit.  Important working relationships with external groups are a key part of that best practice, for example, terminal personnel are top of the list in the review of the loading phase.

The relationship and role of a cargo inspector is a key part of the loading and discharging of a cargo Calculation of on board quantities of previous cargoes and the measurement of the current cargo requires care and consideration of a number of parameters.  ‘Remaining on board’ surveys are another potentially contentious area and Members are advised to supervise the process closely to ensure a fair and accurate report is produced.

Crude oil washing and stripping are reviewed in the checklist as key areas of ensuring maximum outturn of cargo at the discharge port.

This checklist complements other loss prevention publications such as the Tanker Contamination Claims Checklist and the DVD “Tanker Matters”.  Information on both of these publications can be found in the Loss Prevention section of our website.

The full range of advice for the various sectors of operator in the Club is summarised in the latest edition of Loss prevention initiatives”.  This catalogue lists the various publications in different media by our Loss Prevention department. 

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