The course is designed to help the seafarers and shore-based staff to understand the role of the cargo surveyor and the basic principles of his duties, as well as gain essential knowledge of cargo characteristics, stowage and segregation techniques.

Course contents:

1. General principles of cargo surveying:

  • Purpose of cargo surveys;
  • The role of the cargo surveyor;
  • Tools and equipment;
  • Health and safety.

2. Characteristics and particular issues of liquid cargoes:

  • Crude oil;
  • Petroleum products;
  • Bulk chemical cargoes;
  • Liquefied gas cargoes;
  • Animal/vegetable oils and fats.

3. Conducting cargo surveys:

  • The role of the surveyor;
  • Attending the survey;
  • Tank inspection;
  • Sampling of bulk liquid petroleum;
  • Quality determination of petroleum (laboratory analysis introduction: fraction analysis, liquid density);
  • Liquid petroleum cargo measurement & quantity determination (methods used, ASTM tables);
  • Drafting the survey report.

4. Stowage and segregation of cargoes (USCG 46 CFR part 150 and IMDG Code):

  • Introduction to stowage;
  • Segregation;
  • Compatibility with other commodities.