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Procedure for measuring quantity of bulk cargo loaded or discharged

A draught survey is frequently used to determine the quantity of bulk cargo loaded or discharged. A comparison of the ship's displacement before loading (or discharging) is made with its displacement afterwards. The difference in displacement gives the quantity of cargo loaded or discharged.

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Steps for Draught Survey

1. Observe:


2. Calculate:

3. Find value of:

4. Calculate:

5. Find value of displacement at TMD.

6. Calculate list correction (in tonnes) and apply to displacement at TMD to obtain corrected displacement.

7. Calculate density correction and apply to the corrected displacement in step 6 to obtain final displacement.

8. Subtract:
a. Deductibles from the displacement found in step 7 to find the sum of weight of cargo and lightship, or
b. deductibles and lightship from the displacement found in step 7 to find the weight of the cargo onboard.

9. If both initial and final draught surveys are available for the loading or discharging port, then the difference in displacement found in step 7 for both surveys gives the quantity of cargo loaded or discharged.




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Practice of draft survey & measurement of bulk cargo loaded or discharged


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