Cargo Liquid & Vapour Lines
Cross-contamination between two, or more, parcels is a major cause of cargo claims. Whilst the majority of contamination’s occur through the cargo liquid lines, contamination via the vapour lines is also a key cause, especially with flash-point claims.
However, other ‘common’ lines are also a potential source:
- Small-Bore Stripping Lines
- Tank Cleaning Lines
- Heating Systems
- Cargo Tank Bulkhead Fractures
- Cargo Sampling contamination
Inadequate segregation remains the major cause of contamination, and positive segregation between grades remains the only method of preventing such contamination.
The below article on cargo-segregation discusses the methods and meaning of ‘separate’ as defined by the IBC Code.