Carriage of bulk soyabean recommended guideline

Vessels involved in the carriage of soya beans in bulk should carefully evaluate their strategy for prevention of cargo claims. At the load port, crew members should ensure that cargo holds are clean and dry. They should verify the water tightness of all cargo hold openings, e.g., sounding pipes, hatch covers and associated access points.

As far as practicably possible, the crew should secure all available information about the cargo's condition and history, e.g., date of harvesting, storage conditions and quality certificates. They should also perform odour and visual checks of each individual parcel loaded to detect abnormal conditions, e.g., germination, presence of insects, lumping/caking, changes in colour and request that shippers replace any obviously moulded or low quality cargo with sound.

Crewmembers should be particularly careful during checks if the declared cargo Moisture Content (MC) is close to or exceeds 13%, especially if loading in warm climates. They should measure the cargo temperature in order to assess the biological stability of the cargo at its declared MC, e.g., by measuring and recording the temperature across the surface of the stow and at a depth of 1m after completion of loading.

If in doubt as to whether the cargo is fit for shipment, crew should consider obtaining assistance from an experienced surveyor or cargo expert. They should also ensure that the charter party does not prescribe ventilation requirements which may be difficult or even impossible to comply with. Where the vessel is fitted with natural ventilation only, it could be useful to obtain written acknowledgement from the shipper.

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