This greatly reduces the risk of the vessel
being rejected by the Independent
Inspectors / terminals, additionally reduces
the "first foot" samples not being within
specifications.  
R.O.B. Inspections

The effective stripping of the tanks is
important since claims Will undoubtedly
be made against the owner for quantities
of cargo remaining onboard.

From the point of view of cargo claims
however, it must also be considered
whether, even if the cargo was liquid, it
could be pumped by the vessel’s
equipment.

It is possible that small quantities of oil,
particularly where high gas cargoes are
concerned, cannot be picked up by the
pumps without the pumps gassing up. It
could be that due to sediments from the
cargo or shore restrictions on trim, the oil
is liquid but cannot run to the suction.

There is a lot of concern whether the      
R.O.B. is "Liquid/Non-Liquid" or   
"Pumpable / Unpumpable". The definition
made by the Independent Inspection
Company can contribute to  whether a
claim is  accepted or denied.

R.O.B. claims may therefore arise in three
different ways:
  • By loss of heating or inadequate
    heating onboard ships, sometimes
    coupled with low ambient
    temperatures at the time of
    discharge.
  • The physical properties of the oil and
    the ability of the pumps to pump it.
    The possibility of pumps gassing up
    and loss of suction must be taken into
    consideration.
  • Cargo sediments or trim restrictions
    which prevent the free flow of oil to
    the tank suction.  

PETROCARE Marine Consultants, Inc can
assist and protect your interests during
these inspections.
O.B.Q. Inspections

Careful attention should be paid to all        
O.B.Q. / R.O.B. Inspections when loading
and discharging with a view to avoiding
paper losses.

Before loading, it is customary for a joint
inspection of the cargo tanks to be made by
shore representatives and ship’s officers to
confirm that the tanks are properly drained
of water and in a suitable condition to load
the designated cargo.

Unfortunately, upon the completion of such
an inspection, it does not relieve the owner
/ charterer of their responsibility to ensure
the correct condition of the cargo tanks.

In tankers where tanks are inerted, such
inspections are difficult and it may be
necessary to rely on the ship’s gauging
equipment, previous cargo history, and tank
cleaning records rather than any visual
inspection.

PETROCARE Marine Consultants, Inc can
assist and protect your interests during
these inspections.

Based on past experiences, for loading
operations of Clean Products, it's always
best to have the vessel inspected prior to
berthing operations. This insures that the
right cleaning procedures were followed and
the possibility of a visual inspection to be
conducted.
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