Hard commodities

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Hard commodities

We provide expert advice and marine cargo surveys on a comphrensive range of ferrous and non-ferrous metals and minerals. The range of solid bulk cargoes is considerable: iron ore, coal, alumina, fertilisers, sulphur, cement and may other type of solid bulks.

We frequently investigate incidents and disputes involving the storage and transport of metals, metal products (billets, pipes, coils, plates, bars, flats) and minerals.

The prime hazard associated with the shipment of solid bulk cargoes are related to structural damages, reduction of stability but also chemical reactions of cargoes. Many of the solid bulk cargoes are classified under the IMSBC Code (International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code) and, as such, require special attention during loading, transportation and discharge. We have been involved in a number of liquefaction cases, water damages that caused chemical reactions, and various other typical damages, in which a good knowledge of the commodity was essential.