Cargo Inspection

Cargo Inspection - a crucial procedure capable of ensuring safety, high quality, and reliability in maritime and river transportation. Cargo doesn't always deteriorate due to improper transportation; often, incorrect packaging or inadequate preparation is a frequent cause.

Cargo inspections help avoid financial risks associated with deficiencies, damage, or overloading of goods, prevent potential contamination, accidents, and ensure the dispatch of only fresh and high-quality merchandise.

Our Services

Cargo Inspection - an essential part of the logistics chain and business process aimed at minimizing risks, preventing defects, damages, and the delivery of substandard products. Moreover, inspection work allows for tracking changes in the condition, quality, and quantity of the cargo and identifying the causes behind them. Pre-shipment cargo inspection helps prevent theft or damage to goods caused by improper storage or handling.

Our range of services includes:

Supervision of Cargo Movements
Container Inspection
Quality and Quantity Control
Our Services

Maritime Container Inspection

Container inspection is a procedure designed to prevent potential risks and issues during transportation. The examination of a maritime container is conducted by licensed and highly qualified specialists and includes the following stages:

  1. Visual inspection of the container for corrosion, cracks, rust, signs of wear, and other defects and damages.
  2. Sealing analysis. Checking the container's integrity ensures it is tightly closed, preventing the entry of moisture, dust, and any other substances that could damage the cargo.
  3. Packaging and labeling verification. The cargo surveyor will assess the quality of cargo packaging inside the container, considering all regulatory requirements, and ensure that labeling meets the carrier's and international standards.
  4. Verification of cargo documents. During the inspection, a comparison is made between the information in the documents and the actual condition. This also includes checking insurance policies and customs declarations.
  5. Report compilation. The identified deficiencies are documented, and if necessary, photo and video evidence is provided.

Container surveying allows for recommendations to be made on how to effectively address identified issues and what additional measures need to be taken to prevent their recurrence.

Laboratory Analysis

Product inspection often involves conducting laboratory analyses. Here are just a few reasons to consider ordering this service:

  1. Determining Optimal Storage and Transportation Conditions: Laboratory analyses help us identify the optimal temperature, humidity, and other parameters that are most suitable for preserving the cargo.
  2. Quality Verification of Loaded Goods: Research ensures that the cargo meets the declared specifications and standards. This procedure is particularly crucial for goods that can be damaged by temperature, humidity, and other environmental factors.
  3. Ensuring Safety: Laboratory analysis also ensures the safety of the crew and goods loaded onto the vessel by identifying hazardous substances and checking dangerous cargoes.
  4. Risk Minimization: Conducting analyses helps identify potential risks and possible problems related to the cargo, allowing actions to be taken to prevent them.
  5. Documentation and Reporting Preparation: Laboratory analyses are the basis for creating reports and certificates that confirm the cargo's compliance with the required standards.

Agricultural Inspection and Testing

This service entails quality assessment and verification of agricultural products and cargoes against specific standards and requirements. Below is a step-by-step description of the process of such inspection:

  1. Sanitary Inspection: This involves examining the unit that will transport the cargo, inspecting storage conditions, and evaluating product packaging.
  2. Sample Collection: Samples are collected from various parts of the cargo batch and subjected to subsequent testing.
  3. Weighing Control and Volume Calculation: This procedure checks whether the actual weight of the cargo matches the declared weight in documents and records the results.
  4. Visual Inspection: The condition of the cargo is assessed for damages, defects, and contaminants.
  5. Physical Testing: This includes assessing the cargo's resistance to tension, pressure, strength, and other forms of physical impact.
  6. Chemical Analyses: Tests are conducted to determine the nutritional content, contamination levels, chemical elements, and pesticide presence in the cargo.
  7. Biological Testing: The cargo is examined for the presence of bacteria, microbes, fungi, and other biological factors.
  8. Quality Assessment: The obtained test results are compared with international standards and norms.
  9. Verification of Cargo Transport Documents: Associated documentation, certificates, labels, and everything related to the product undergo inspection.

The successful completion of agricultural inspection results in a certificate confirming the product's quality. All parties involved in the process are interested in conducting such inspections, as they provide assurance of safety and high product quality. It verifies compliance with requirements and regulatory norms, helping to prevent risks before they impact consumers.

Steel Products Inspection

Steel products are among the most delicate and demanding types of cargo. They can easily be damaged during loading and unloading due to careless handling, or water penetration can lead to gradual deterioration.

Inspecting steel products prior to loading allows documenting the cargo's condition at any stage of delivery, determining the quantity and quality of goods through weight control, sample collection, visual observation, and other methods.

Depending on the intended goal, steel products inspection may involve draft surveys, tallying, and weight determination on scales.

Our Benefits

Ship inspection plays a crucial role in the safety and efficiency of maritime operations, as well as in maintaining the reliability and value of vessels and their equipment. Here are just a few advantages of having a ship inspected by an inspector:

Reduction in Risks
Reduction in Risks
Average Savings for Our Clients
Average Savings for Our Clients
Cargo in Excellent Condition after Transportation
Cargo in Excellent Condition after Transportation
Decrease in Claims Costs
Decrease in Claims Costs
Increase in Carrier Orders due to a Strong Reputation
Increase in Carrier Orders due to a Strong Reputation
Compliance with Regulations and Standards.
Compliance with Regulations and Standards.

Why Cargo Inspection Is Necessary

Pre-shipment cargo inspection offers numerous benefits:

  1. Guaranteed Cargo Quality: We will verify how well the product's quality matches the declared specifications.
  2. Loss Prevention: We help prevent defects, damages, and spoilage of goods.
  3. Compliance with Standards: Cargo inspection ensures the product's compliance with legal and regulatory safety and quality standards.
  4. Reduction of Reputation Risks Associated with Product Quality.

About Us

Sharky Maritime Company - a leader in the cargo inspection industry. Our goal is to ensure that only the highest quality goods are loaded onto the vessel and to ensure their perfect condition upon arrival at the destination.

We carry out cargo inspections in various ports on the Black Sea coast, including Odessa, Chornomorsk, Yuzhny, Nikolaev, Izmail, Reni, Giurgiulesti and Constanta.



Special documents are required for the transportation of perishable goods on a sea vessel to ensure the safety and quality of the cargo during transportation. Here are some key documents:

  • Bill of Lading: A contract of maritime carriage that confirms the receipt of cargo by the carrier and provides transportation details. Special requirements for temperature control and cargo handling should be specified.
  • Quality and Compliance Certificates: Documents that confirm the quality and safety of perishable goods. They may include information about packaging rules, temperature requirements, and other specifications.
  • Certificates of Origin: If applicable, documents establishing the country of origin of the goods, which can impact customs duties and regulatory requirements.
  • Health and Safety Certificates: For perishable food products or agricultural goods, confirmation of compliance with health and safety standards may be required.
  • Cargo Insurance Documents: Information about an insurance policy covering transportation risks and potential losses, including damage or spoilage of perishable goods.
  • Packing and Handling Instructions: Detailed instructions on how to properly pack and handle the cargo to maintain optimal transportation conditions and preservation.
  • Temperature Information: Documents outlining requirements for temperature control during transportation and storage of the cargo.
  • Other Specific Documents: Depending on the type of perishable cargo and destination country requirements, additional documents such as import permits, licenses, etc., may be necessary.

Cargo inspection on board a vessel is a crucial step in ensuring safety and quality during transportation. However, despite all efforts, it is not possible to guarantee the 100% detection of all potential risks and flaws. It is important to understand that inspection is a part of a comprehensive approach to ensuring cargo safety and its successful transportation.

Inspectors conducting cargo inspections on board a vessel possess experience and professional knowledge, enabling them to identify many issues and risks, such as packaging damage, documentation discrepancies, temperature violations, and others. However, some flaws may remain hidden or may arise during the transportation process.

To maximize risk reduction and ensure successful transportation, the following practices are recommended:

  • Thoroughly prepare the cargo for shipment. Packaging, labeling, and documentation should be done according to the requirements and standards applicable to the specific type of cargo.
  • Collaborate with professionals. Seek out experienced companies specializing in maritime transportation and inspections. They can provide the necessary knowledge and resources to ensure cargo safety.
  • Conduct testing. In some cases, it is advisable to conduct tests and trials on the cargo before shipment to ensure its quality and suitability for transportation.
  • Ensure temperature control. For perishable goods, maintain the temperature regime as prescribed and have the ability to monitor it during transportation.
  • Monitor the transportation process. Collaborate with the transportation company, keep track of the cargo's status, and respond promptly to any issues or changes.

Cargo inspection on board a vessel is an important tool for risk mitigation, but for complete assurance of safety and quality during transportation, it is necessary to implement comprehensive measures and adhere to the recommendations of professionals.

After conducting cargo inspection on board a vessel, various documents and reports will be provided to the client, confirming the performed work and inspection results. It's important to note that specific documents may vary depending on the type of cargo, transportation conditions, and client requirements. Here are some of the potential documents and reports:

  • Inspection Report: This report includes the results of the conducted inspection, identified deficiencies, and an assessment of the cargo's condition.
  • Certificates of Compliance.
  • Test Protocols.
  • Recommendations for Implementation of Improvements.

Depending on the terms and agreements, additional documents may be provided, such as cargo specifications, acceptance and transfer records, insurance documents, etc.

Clients typically receive documents and reports in electronic or paper format, according to their preferences. These documents hold significant value as they allow clients to have a comprehensive understanding of the cargo's condition and quality, providing additional assurances of safety and compliance with standards.

The cost of cargo inspection prior to loading onto a vessel can vary significantly based on several factors, such as the type of cargo, its volume, the complexity of the inspection, port location, additional services, and client requirements. Typically, the cost is determined on a case-by-case basis for each situation.

Transporting cargo requires a significant amount of data, including a detailed description of the cargo, including weight, specifications, packaging details, transport dates, vessel type, quality certificates, invoice, cargo insurance information, packaging and labeling details, customs declaration data, owner's contact information, and payment details.

For sending cargo by sea vessel, several documents are required, including cargo description, shipment and destination details, customs documents, a contract between the sender and carrier, confirmation of cargo space reservation, container type and size information, packing and labeling instructions, insurance, weight and volume documents, and payment documents.

An exact list of required data can be provided by our specialists during consultation.

International cargo transportation requires specific documents for customs clearance. Typically, a customs declaration, invoice, quality and compliance certificates, certificates indicating country of origin, transport documents, cargo insurance, and specific documents based on the nature of the cargo and destination country requirements are needed.

The service of individually counting the quantity of cargo is crucial for maritime or river transportation. We offer tallying services for cargo regardless of the type of goods. This service helps determine the exact quantity of goods, identify defects or damages, calculate loading and unloading times, minimize risks related to theft or cargo damage.

It is important to involve an independent specialist for this service - if the counting is conducted by an interested party, it may be difficult to dispute the results of their count later on.

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