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Inspections associated with maritime transport

Inspections associated with maritime transport

Goods port.

AENOR inspection services facilitate the success of international operations, ensuring compliance with contractual agreements when transporting cargo.

The monitoring and tracking of shipments, both in containers and in bulk, is a basic commercial requirement in this type of operation. Effective control of quantities and ensuring the goods are in good condition are fundamental aspects in maritime transport.

For this reason, AENOR offers the following inspection services during the maritime transportation of cargo:

Goods ship showing its height in metres.
Weight control

There are two ways to secure loaded and unloaded bulk merchandise on a ship: either by weighing the incoming and outgoing goods or by draft surveying, which is according to water displacement.

Person controlling a lifting hook with a goods container.
Inspection of loading, unloading, stowage and lashing

Monitoring of these operations in home ports, destination ports and transshipment is essential to ensuring that the merchandise is handled, stowed and stored correctly and securely. This includes specific operations, such as the ​lashing calculation and welding inspections for heavy and bulky loads.

Focus, quality, quantity.
Pre-shipment inspection

Ensuring proper condition of the products can be done with an inspection prior to shipping, which includes inspecting the packaging, product, marking, labeling and accompanying ​​documentation as well as monitoring the closing and sealing of containers and gathering samples for analysis.

Holds and hatches.
Inspection of holds and hatches

Examining the proper condition of the holds so that the freight is transported in adequate conditions, thereby avoiding contamination and losses, as well as fitting and sealing of hatch doors to ensure they function correctly and are properly sealed.

Ship in the sea with a boat next to it.
​Bunkers survey​

Determines the amount of fuel (Bunkers) onboard a ship at any given moment. This normally takes place during refuelling (Intake), to ensure adequate supply, and during the hire operations (On/Off - Hire), to determine the amount fuel at the time of the delivery.

Ship platform with goods in motion.
Conditions survey

To verify the condition of the ship and check for any damages that may have occurred during transfer or hire; the hull, holds, cranes, guard rails, machinery and other structures on the ship are inspected, ensuring their proper use and maintenance.

Broken cardboard box in a corner.
Expert report and damage assessment

Typically, an independent company is required to establish the extent of the damages affecting the merchandise during transportation (vehicle accidents, improper handling, wet products during the voyage or theft) as well as the nature and cause of the damages for claims settlement.

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Customised service

In collaboration with the customer, AENOR determines the necessary control programme and inspection service, adjusting to the needs of buyers and/or sellers, including any and all project requirements.