With containerized shipping and intermodal transportation, cargo surveys
are no longer confined to shipping in harbors. "Load and stow" can
mean crated or other cargo packed into a container, an air-ride equipped
tractor trailer, a flat-bed trailer, or a barge on an inland waterway.
Load and Stow Survey: Conducted to ensure that cargo
is properly packed in a container, to prevent damage to either the contents
or the carrier.
Cargo Damage Survey: This investigation is conducted
to determine the cause of damage.
The surveyor is also required to determine if the damaged goods or container
can be salvaged, and to make arrangements for such salvage.
Container Survey: There’s more to inspecting a container than
counting sides and ends. Joe surveys to IMO and IICL standards.
Compliance is required in order to ship a container.