The purpose of the instructions is to define the main steps to be taken during the inspections of ship's holds prior to loading and unloading of grain in bulk.
This instructions applies to the following types of vehicles: Sea-going vessel; Coaster; Barge.
   General guidelines for Ship’s Hold Inspection.
   Before starting the inspection, be aware of the requirements the hold have to meet according to the charter party. As a rule they have to be clean and dry, free from rust and remainders of previous cargoes. In addition, the water-tightness of the hatch covers may be stipulated.
   When inspecting the holds, be strict and thorough even if, by doing so you are put under pressure because you may delay the start of the loading operations. In any case, in most situations the vessel will not have her readiness accepted unless all holds approved for loading.
   If the vessel cannot possibly meet the requirements of the charter party, contact Head Office, because the Client may have good reasons either to definitely reject the ship or to accept her as such under the given circumstances.
Every inspection should be made jointly with the master. Hold Inspection Bill at Loading to be issued upon completion of the inspection and signed by the master. If you have to reject one or more holds, make a written statement to be countersigned by the master and agree with him in writing on the date and time a further inspection will be made.