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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 12: Container bulkers / multi-purpose

This section also refers to very specialized ships - multi-purpose bulk carriers which can load both bulk cargoes and containers.

11.1. CAPACITY IN DIRECT STOW OF TEU/FEU BASIS:

1. EMPTY: Here the total capacity of TEU/FEU is inserted in case the containers are empty and there is not the parameter of their weight (stack weights/tiers etc.). The information can be found in the vessel’s capacity plan.

2. …… TONS HOMOGENEOUS WEIGHT: This is the maximum load capacity in terms of filled TEU with an average weight which is usually estimated basis 14-ton total weight.

11.2. ARE ALL CONTAINERS WITHIN REACH OF VESSEL’S GEAR: (YES/NO). IF NO STATE SELF SUSTAINED CAPACITY:

Sometimes containers are placed in areas that the vessel’s gears cannot reach them. Here, you should mention whether all the containers can be reached by the vessel’s cranes otherwise the charterer may need to consider whether he will load containers in these areas paying additional cost for shore crane or alternatively deduct these containers from the available capacity of the vessel.

The Master will have to provide this information.

11.3. IF VESSEL FITTED WITH ALL PERMANENT AND LOOSE FITTINGS/LASHING MATERIALS FOR ABOVE NUMBER OF TEU/FEU? (YES/NO):

Fittings and lashing materials are used in order to secure the containers. It is common practice these ships which are capable of loading containers to be fully fitted with both the fittings and the lashing materials but the Master can advise whether this is the case or not.

11.4. IS VESSEL FITTED WITH RECESSED HOLES/SHOES ON TANKTOP AND CONTAINER SHOES ON WEATHERDECK AND HATCH COVERS? (YES/NO):

Specific installations on the tanktop, the deck and the hatch covers for securing containers. It is normal for this type of vessel to have these fittings but the Master will be able to confirm whether they are available or not.

11.5. ADVISE STACK WEIGHTS AND NUMBER OF TIERS ON/UNDERDECK PER TEU AND PER FEU:

Stack weight is the maximum weight that can be loaded on top of deck or underdeck whichever is applicable on a containership. The maximum strength and the maximum tiers per TEU/FEU should be mentioned in the vessel’s capacity plan.

11.6. HAS VESSEL A CONTAINER SPREADER ON BOARD?

The spreader is a device used for lifting containers and unitized cargo. The spreader used for containers has a locking mechanism at each corner that attaches the four corners of the container. A spreader can be used on a container crane, a straddle carrier and with any other machinery to lift containers.

The Master should advise whether such mechanism exists onboard the vessel. If not, a shore spreader may be used by the charterers/shippers/receivers.

11.7. NUMBER AND TYPE OF REEFER PLUGS:

Reefer containers are those which are refrigerated so as to be able to carry sensitive cargoes which require temperature controlled transportation. In order for reefer containers to be loaded onboard there should be dedicated (watertight) plugs in order for the reefer to work and keep the temperatures low.

The vessel’s master may advise whether reefer plugs exist and how many.

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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