Dry Bulk

Bulk carriers, or bulkers, are ships designed primarily for the transportation of solid bulk cargoes. These cargoes are generally uniform in composition and are loaded directly into the cargo space without any intermediate form of containment.

The range of solid bulk cargoes is considerable: iron ore, coal, grain, alumina, fertilisers, scrap, sugar, sulphur, cement etc. and not forgetting a large number of agricultural products for the human and animal food industry, such as rice, corn, tapioca, copra, palm expellers and also, since the late nineteen nineties, cocoa.

Ship types may vary from dedicated bulk carriers to general cargo vessels and a large range of coasters. Transportation from the port of destination to inland reception facilities is almost exclusively carried out by inland barges.

It is important to note that many of the solid bulk cargoes are classified under the International Dangerous Goods Code for Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC Code) and, as such, require special attention during loading, transportation and discharge.

Our services in this area include:

  • Investigations into the nature, extent and cause of damage
  • Advice on transport and storage requirements
  • Advice on liquefaction of cargoes
  • Sampling and testing
  • Ship inspections for condition and suitability.
  • Ultrasonic hatchcover testing
  • Risk assessments