What to remember about rice
There are four primary factors which will contribute to condensation and sweat damage:
1. The loading temperature
2. Temperature variations during the contemplated voyage but particularly at the disport
3. Ventilation applied to the cargo 4. The stowage and separation material
Therefore, Mr Menting suggested a few tips for avoiding sweat damage:
• Ensure that the separation material, such as dunnage, is dry and adequate for the task (bamboo mats, for example, are not generally appropriate).
• Cargo should be adequately separated so as to permit effective ventilation. This means more corridors, a greater number of (but smaller) blocks of stowed bags.
• Carry out proper ventilation which is appropriate for the particular cargo, voyage and conditions.
• Keep a cargo log so as to maintain a dedicated record of all data relating to the cargo.
Generally, to comply with his duty to care for the cargo, CWA suggest that the Master should:
• Prepare well for the cargo to be carried - Check ventilation system, study the climate zones to be passed and consider all variables. Assistance can be sought from specialised, reliable, independent survey companies with local knowledge and bagged rice loading/carriage expertise.
• Avoid taking advice from tally firms. Even if they appear to “look the part”, they will probably not have sufficient knowledge to advise the Master on proper loading, stowage and carriage of rice. Crucially, an independent tally firm should be used at the loadport and disport. Avoid the temptation to instruct in conjunction with the Charterer, Shipper or Receiver.
Hellas HiLights November 2011
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