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Modern chemical tankers can have up to 50 segregated cargo tanks each with dedicated lines and pumps capable of carrying a large number of different production. ‘Liquid bulk’ mainly refers to crude oil, fuel oil, chemicals and vegetable oils but it can also include other categories such as fruit juice concentrate.
Investigation of claims on liquid cargo is completely different from that of solid cargoes. More than for other cargoes, the investigation of claims on liquid bulk cargo requires an analytical approach: not only literally by using special laboratories for sampling and analysing but also figuratively by checking the vast amount of records made by the crew during pre-loading and transportation.
The mostly toxic atmosphere in cargo tanks and hazardous nature of the cargo itself does not always allow an immediate visual inspection of tanks.
Special attention is required to, for instance, tank cleaning, the effects of the tank coating and, not least, the individual properties of the more than 2,000 different types of chemicals transported by sea.
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