Tag Archive: load-outs

Agreed Safety Percentage

Jan 29 2015

During our daily load-outs, we meet many different parties; shipping lines, supercargoes, surveyors, clients and insurance companies. All those parties have their own way of thinking, which is good of course. When a load- out occurs under ‘class’ regulations, another party will join the discussion. Having an opinion is very good, because communication should always be open and in the end and opinions should lead to results. A result of how the load-out should occur, under which restrictions, rules and...

Cutting costs the right way?

Nov 25 2014

A friend of mine, let’s call him Joe, runs a successful survey company for quite some years now. He is always very busy with surveys for windmill cargo on board of ocean carriers. I met him recently and asked how the business was going. “Could be better. One of my clients cut 50% of my surveys because there haven’t been incidents lately. If necessary, I intervene the operations and guide the stevedores to make sure correct lifting gear is used in order...

Safety Factor

Sep 09 2014

Using safety factors is getting out of hand. Companies use it to increase their safety in load-outs, or is it because they are not sure of themselves? When cargo is loaded onto a vessel according IMO Annex 13, acceleration factors will be taken from a table or calculated by using formulas. The achieved acceleration is always very high. This is done to have a single guideline for all sort of vessels. However, if you engineer the acceleration forces they are...

Scared to take responsibility

Jun 05 2014

During load-outs, we meet many people. People from the office, owners, surveyors and supercargoes. All these people have different opinions and criticizing the people in charge. All natural things in common life. Among them we have cargo superintendents and surveyors who make it their living to check work done by other people. Some of them really do understand their job and find solutions in a very easy way. Why? Because they understand what they are doing, are getting along very...

Just cowboys…?

May 22 2014

Sometimes we meet people on board of ships who pretend to be the king of the world; they start shouting if things are different than their mindset and always trying to convince others of their expertise. Bragging about their many load-outs and the importance of their expertise is mostly dripping of their business cards.I want this, I want that… But why? Because they say so. When these people meet someone who really knows what he’s doing, they suddenly feel intimidated....