Jobatsea guidance about discharge of cargo

During discharge of cargo the same careful supervision is necessary as during loading. All goods removed from the ship have to be manifested.

Any cargo found to be damaged in stowage should be carefully noted together with particulars as to the cause, etc.

Cargo damage and shortages are to be recorded and reported on the appropriate forms.


When loading general cargo it is good practice for the Chief Officer together with the shore tally clerk to make three or four rounds every day in the shore loading shed(s) and inspect the goods to be loaded to ensure they are free of visible damage as per jobatsea obseravations.

Damaged cargo found either ashore or onboard must be immediately brought to the attention of the Master and Chief Officer and the shore supervisor. Under no circumstances is a clean mate’s receipt to be issued in respect of damaged goods.


It is the Master’s duty to do whatever is necessary or reasonable to preserve the vessel and her cargo from loss or damage. This duty gives him authority to jettison cargo if it is prudent to do so for the safe prosecution of the voyage.

If possible, the Master shall contact the office for advice before jettisoning cargo. In any event the Master must, if possible, make a detailed inventory of the cargo jettisoned and note any damage sustained to the vessel in consequence of the fact of jettisoning. Also make a note of any cargo damaged from water entering a hold as a result of the jettisoning operation. recorded in the official

All such details, together with times, weather, etc. should be and deck logs.
A detailed report of the incident must be compiled and sent to the office as soon as circumstances permit.


If circumstances require protest to be noted the Master should be guided by the applicable voyage instructions or if the instructions do not cover the particular event he should contact the office for advice. Protest should not be noted without prior office authorisation either via the voyage instructions or after office consultation. In general terms, and provided the above has been complied with, protest should be noted:

.1            Whenever the Master has reason to believe that serious damage to the ship or cargo has occurred as the result of abnormally bad weather.

.2            Whenever the ship has suffered any maritime misadventure such as stranding, fire, collision, explosion, etc.

.3            Whenever cargo is lost or jettisoned overboard.

.4            Ship/shore differences short supply of cargo.

.5            Shore delays.

.6            As required by owners or Charterers.

Where applicable facts are to be taken from the deck log book which should record relevant details of the incident. Copies of all issued protest letters should be sent immediately to the office.

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