Our surveyors can carry out an inspection of hold and hatches for cargo stakeholders, ship-owners or insurers.
HATCH INSPECTIONS & ULTRASONIC TESTS.
Poor weather-tightness of hatches is the cause of a large percentage of cargo claims.
Hatch inspections by De Bock Maritime Services serve evidence that the condition of the hatches is sufficient to transport the cargo clean and dry.
- Perform ultrasonic leak detection tests with class-approved equipment.
- Perform visual inspections to hatches and hatch rubbers.
- Perform visual inspections to other covers of the hold such as manholes, hold entrances and ventilation flaps.
- Process the findings in a clear report.
A surveyor of De Bock Maritime Services can, based on the cargo requirements, determine whether the hold is ready for loading. Our inspections take a number of factors into account which may affect the quality of the cargo. Our skilled, experienced inspectors:
- Make sure the hold is free of rust particles or paint residues that could contaminate or discolour the load.
- Offer the certainty that the hold is clean, dry and without any previous cargo remains, including less accessible places such as bulkheads and bilge wells.
- Pay special attention to previous cargoes that contain seeds or corn, which could lead to consequences arising from quarantine requirements.
- Check for signs of moisture or previous water damage in the hold.