Damaged cargo survey, jointly done on without prejudice basis

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As per our principal’s instructions, a joint survey had to be conducted by Constellation Marine’s engineer surveyor on behalf of the carrier to assess the nature,

cause and extent of damage to one air conditioning unit which was reportedly received in a damaged condition in a 40-foot container and stored at the consignee’s warehouse. A formal notification was sent by the cargo’s underwriter surveyor to the carriers via email. This in turn led to Constellation Marine Services getting appointed for the joint survey. At 1400 hours on 27 July 2015, an engineer surveyor from Constellation Marine Services acting on behalf of the carrier attended the joint survey to investigate the nature, cause and extent of damage to the air conditioning unit which was already unpacked from the 40-foot container and placed at the consignee’s construction site in Dubai, UAE. Upon investigation by our engineer surveyor, it was found that the bottom horizontal member of the frame was detached from its vertical members, which can be seen in the images displayed below (Image 1 and 2). In Addition, the base beading on the right-hand corner of the 2nd sections rear side of the main body was damaged (Image 3). However, the rest of the unit was satisfactory, and no other damage was reported and/or visibly sighted.

Upon Constellation Marine Service’s surveyor arrival at the site where the damaged unit was placed, it was found that out of the 4 sections of the main unit, the 2nd section panel door frame at the rear end was damaged at the bottom from 2 points.

The container in which the unit arrived was not presented to our engineer surveyor for external and internal inspection and hence the damage to the container if any could not be determined. The mariner in which the air handling units were originally stowed and secured within the container was not known to the engineer surveyor as the units were unpacked from the container prior to our attendance for the survey.

Based on the inspection conducted by the engineer surveyor, the damage appeared to be contact damage possibly caused by mishandling of the unit either while loading the shipment into the container or during unloading it from the container.

Since the container in which the units were shipped were not available for our inspection. It was not possible to say whether the container under sent any impact during discharge/loading  operation on board the vessel loading to damage to the contents therein.


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