Damage to Cargo

Damage to Cargo

In many cases customers have called upon the assistance of BMT Surveys to take advantage of its rich experience and knowledge, on almost every type of cargo, which has been gained from attending more than 2000 cargo-related surveys each year.

Marine incidents, most of the times involve a particular type of cargo. In some instances the cargo itself may have been the cause of the incident.

Each cargo has its own properties and reacts differently to contact with water, moisture, exposure to temperature, sunlight or gases emitted by other cargoes on board the vessel. For some other cargoes such as containers and project cargo, the effect of the ship motions on the cargo is relevant. Some cargoes require ventilation, other cargoes should not be ventilated. This kind of information, which is required to make the proper assessments, is not taught at school or university, but can only be obtained from experience gained during the daily practice. BMT shares a lot of this information free of charge through it's online database www.cargohandbook.com.

Our services in this area include:

  • Loss assessment                                                         
  • Providing advice to mitigate (further) losses
  • Preparing end executing tenders for salvage sale
  • Research projects to turn-around damage trends
  • Review of logistic process incl. harvest, mining and production
  • Recovery / removal of lost cargo (salvage)
  • Testing and analyses
  • Quantity assessment (shortage claims)
  • Calculations and certification
  • Advice on transport and storage requirements


  • Food and perishables
  • Agricultural products and seeds
  • Minerals and ores
  • Forest products
  • Metals and steel
  • Oils, fats and chemicals
  • Petroleum products and liquid gas
  • Containerised cargo
  • Project cargoes and heavy lifts
  • Commodities and consumer products