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A beginner’s guide to the Baltic 99 questionnaire

A guide for anyone who wants to understand the Baltic 99 questionnaire

Chapter 10: Miscellaneous

This section, requires the vessel’s recent trading activity and the vessel’s ability to load grains which is one of the major dry bulk cargoes and requires special handling.

9.1. STATE LAST 5 (FIVE) CARGOES CARRIED AND LOAD AND DISCHARGE PORT(S) WITH MOST RECENT FIRST:

This question provides a good overview of the recent trading activity of the ship and/or the condition of her cargo holds.

For example, in case a vessel has recently loaded 5 dirty cargoes (like coal, petcoke, bulk cement etc), it will be difficult to load a cargo of grains or extensive hold cleaning may be required. On the other hand, a vessel which was recently trading in Australia and loaded grains looks like a good standard ship (since low-standard ships can easily call Australian ports) with her holds in good condition to receive a clean cargo like alumina or grains.

This information can be provided by the operations department and/or the voyage files.

9.2. IS VESSEL FITTED FOR CARRIAGE OF GRAIN IN ACCORDANCE WITH CHAPTER V1 OF SOLAS 1974 AND AMENDMENTS WITHOUT REQUIRING BAGGING, STRAPPING AND SECURING WHEN LOADING A FULL CARGO (DEADWEIGHT) OF HEAVY GRAIN IN BULK (STOWAGE FACTOR 42 CUFT) WITH ENDS UNTRIMMED:

The loading and carriage of grain cargoes is regulated under the International Code for the safe carriage of Grain in Bulk which has been adopted by SOLAS 74/78. Every vessel which is fitted for carriage of grain in bulk in accordance with this code should have a “Certificate for the Carriage of Grain”.

This document shall accompany or be incorporated into the grain loading manual provided to enable the master to meet the stability requirements of the Code. In order to respond this question one should refer to the grain loading manual of the ship, if any.

9.3. STATE NUMBER OF HOLDS WHICH MAY BE LEFT SLACK WITHOUT REQUIRING BAGGING, STRAPPING AND SECURING:

For stability purposes, in case of loading grains, not all the cargo holds can be left slack. The holds which can be loaded in such condition are mentioned in the grain loading manual along with further relevant information.

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