Preparation of a cargo hold after discharge is more than just sweeping, brushing and flushing down the holds with water. Preparation of cargo holds for the next intended carriage is a critical element of bulk carrier operations, requiring careful planning and competent execution. A lack of proper preparation not only leads to claims related to cargo quality, such as contamination, water ingress or shortage claims ,but also contractual claims relating to failed or delayed surveys, off-hire claims and charter party disputes. In order to ensure that the voyage proceeds smoothly, it is very important to pay careful attention to the cargo during the fixing period. Otherwise the hoped for profits can turn into serious losses.
Cargo hold cleanliness depends on the previous cargo, the next cargo, local and specific cargo interest requirements. Wrong cleaning agents used cloud result in discoloration of coating, rust and corrosion problems, as well as rejection of cargo holds which is translated in serious losses. Cleaning procedures have different standards depending on previous and next cargos, as well as local regulations and specific cargo interest requirements.
Cleaning bulk cargos is one of the major issues on board vessels. It involves not only masters and ships crew but also office-operation managers and in some cases even external specialist. Preparation for loading new cargo requires a very important cleaning prodecure. Especially today where cargos like soda ash, coal, pet coke, cement, iron and bauxite are in high demand.
Battal Shiptech, has been in the market since 2016 as a specialist in tank and cargo hold cleaning.
Battal Shiptech hold cleaning service provide most of the required hold cleaning solutions:
- Hold preparation for next cargoes
- Hospital and grain hold cleaning
- Removal of coal and pet coke stains
- Cement removal
- Preperation and survey for soda ash
- Lime and scle removal
- Oil tanks cleaning