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Gard Guidance Masters DAMAGED CARGO

For further details please refer to Gard News 180, When can a master refuse to load damaged cargo?

If cargo damage is noted after the cargo has been loaded into the vessel’s holds, the Master should try to
  • unload the cargo
  • obtain replacement cargo from the shippers.

    If this cannot be achieved, the Master should collect as much evidence as possible by
  • taking photographs
  • taking witness statements.


    If the Master is in any doubt, the local P&I correspondent should be called to assist

    This principle applies to all cargoes which are loaded and which appear unsound, damaged or incomplete!