A draft survey is a means of determining the weight of any materials being loaded into (or discharged from) a vessel. ANDECO’s experienced and highly qualified professionals can conduct a draft survey on your behalf and produce an independent draft survey report.
The vessel draft survey measures the displacement of the water both before and after the loading or unloading, with the resulting difference between the two displacements representing the weight of the cargo. Our surveyors work according to defined international guidelines when determining the weight of the cargo and consider several key factors while making their surveys. These factors include:
- Water density of the sea, river or other waterway
- Changes in the ballast quantity between initial and final draft readings
- Changes in the vessel’s consumables (e.g. fuel oil, drinking water) between initial and final draft readings
- Trim and deformation corrections (we use data from the vessel’s draft tables)
The accuracy of a weight determined by draft survey also depends upon the sea conditions (pitch and swell) at the time of loading or discharge.
Contact us now to find out more information about our draft survey service.
Andeco cargo visual inspections are requested by buyers or sellers to ensure that their cargo is loaded in sound condition and stowed properly. Such inspections also provide assurance that the cargo being shipped is the cargo that you have bought or sold.
Cargo visual inspection gives you the security of knowing that your cargo has been verified by the world leader in shipping inspections.
Our standardized inspections include the following steps:
Inspection of the carrier to verify suitability for the intended cargo (cleanliness, dryness, ventilation, cargo separation)
A report on markings, type of packing (bulk, cartons/drums, etc.) and, if practical, a count of goods
Confirmation that a clean mate receipt was granted
Verification that units chosen at random match those stated on the order’s product description, product specification and features
Verification of product characteristics or quality parameters that cannot be visually verified (e.g., steel grade can be confirmed when the vendor supplies documentary evidence)
A check on packing, marking and labeling, manufacture dates, batch numbers, expiry dates, shipping marks, packing lists, supplier certificates and labels
Documentation of how and when goods were loaded and exact location (stowage) in the receiving carrier; type, name and/or number of receiving carrier and where goods were located prior to loading
Maintenance of a time log, including arrival and departure dates of carrier, time and date of loading, loading delays and reason for delays, description of loading gear/apparatus, weather conditions, rainfall, dust suppression, wind-waste, remainder on wharf, etc.
Andeco inspectors record, photograph and report any abnormalities such as discrepancies in the cargo description, damage, loss of material, improper stowing or delays in loading. You can trust us to be your representative in any port. Our objective verification and inspection team provide accurate, transparent documentation and always represent your interests during the handling of your bulk cargo.
Cargo damage inspections
Loading / discharging supervision
Agriproducts inspection & sampling
Yacht condition & pre-purchase inspections