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A guide to the Baltic 99 questionnaire for the dry bulk shipping industry

A step-by-step guide to the Baltic 99 questionnaire

Chapter 1: An overview of the Baltic 99 Questionnaire

This is a guide for anyone in the dry bulk shipping industry who wants to better understand the Baltic 99 questionnaire. We hope you find it useful and would welcome your feedback – please direct any questions or comments to


When finalising a fixture, typically the Charterers will ask for a questionnaire to be completed which includes detailed information about the background and the technical specification of the vessel.

The most common questionnaire used in the dry bulk shipping industry is the Baltic Exchange Dry Cargo Questionnaire which in short it is usually called “Baltic 99”.

In this guide, we will go through and explain the information needed in the Baltic 99. Generally, the information completed in the Baltic 99 can be taken either from the various certificates or from the vessel’s plan whilst the very specific technical information is usually provided by the Master.

Sections of the questionnaire

  • General: The first section of the Baltic Questionnaire includes general information related with ship identity, for instance her name.

  • Vessel Particulars: TThe vessel particulars section describes the main technical characteristics of the vessel such as her dimensions, her weights, capacities, drafts.

  • Cargo Arrangements: In this section, information about the cargo holds and the hatch covers should be provided.

  • Speed, consumption & fuel engine: Information about speed and efficiency of the engine are provided.

  • Classification society, surveys and certificates: This section covers the classification society, surveys and certificates.

  • Communication: In this section, detailed information about the vessel’s communication systems are provided.

  • Insurances: The insurances section lists the details of the various insurances held by the vessel.

  • Crew: In this section, information about vessel’s crew are provided.

  • Miscelleaneous: This section, covers the vessel’s recent trading activity and the vessel’s ability to load grains.

  • Cargo gear: This section only refers to geared vessels and includes useful
    information related to their cranes.

  • Container bulkers / multi-purpose: This section also refers to very specialized ships – the multi-purpose bulk carriers which can load both bulk cargoes and

  • Tweendeckers: This section also refers to very specialized ships –

  • Supplementary information for specific commodities/trades: This section includes any additional relevant information.

Keeping track of your B99 questionnaires with Shipamax

Keeping track of the latest B99 questionnaires can be time consuming. Shipamax offers an electronic version of the Baltic 99 questionnaire as part of our team workspace for operators. If you already keep this information in online format, speak to us to understand how we can automatically sync this with our intelligent layer for dry bulk shipping operators.

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