Hold Cleanliness

Hold cleanliness inspection is a type of survey carried out on cargo holds of ships to ensure that they are clean and suitable for transporting goods. This inspection is particularly important for bulk carriers and other cargo vessels, as the cleanliness of cargo holds can impact the quality of the transported goods and comply with international regulations. Here are key elements involved in a hold cleanliness inspection:


Before Inspection:

Safety Precautions:

- Ensure that safety measures are in place for inspectors entering cargo holds. This may include proper protective gear, safety harnesses, and ventilation.

Exterior Inspection:

Access Points:

- Inspect the access points to cargo holds, including hatches, covers, and doors, to ensure they are in good condition and properly sealed.

Interior Inspection:

General Cleanliness:

- Assess the overall cleanliness of the cargo hold, checking for any remaining cargo residues, dust, or debris.

Residue Checks:

- Conduct residue checks to ensure that no previous cargo residues are present that could contaminate the upcoming cargo.

Sweeping and Cleaning:

- Verify that the hold has been properly swept and cleaned, paying attention to corners and hard-to-reach areas.

Tank Tops and Bilges:

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- Inspect the tank tops and bilges for cleanliness and the absence of water, oil, or other contaminants.

Inspection of Specific Cargo Holds:

Previous Cargo Compatibility:

- Ensure that the cargo hold is compatible with the type of cargo to be loaded, considering factors such as cleanliness, contamination risks, and potential reactions between cargoes.


Hold Cleaning Certificates:

- Review hold cleaning certificates provided by the cleaning crew or previous port, verifying that they meet industry standards.


Photographic Documentation:

- Take photographs or videos of the cargo hold interior, highlighting any cleanliness issues or areas of concern.


- Compile a detailed inspection report documenting the findings, including cleanliness levels, any observed residues, and recommendations for further cleaning if needed.


Regulatory Compliance:

- Ensure that the hold cleanliness meets the requirements set by international regulations, such as those outlined by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).


- Confirm that the cargo hold is fit for the intended cargo, and that the cleanliness standards comply with contractual agreements and industry best practices.

Hold cleanliness inspections are typically conducted by ship inspectors, surveyors, or port authorities. The goal is to prevent contamination of goods during transport, maintain the integrity of cargo, and comply with international shipping standards and regulations. Regular and thorough hold cleanliness inspections contribute to the safe and efficient transport of goods by sea.

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