Marine Bulk Cargo Measurement Surveys

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November 2013

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This publication is a step by step guide to marine bulk cargo measurement (MBCM) surveys, including receipt of instructions, equipment, draught and displacement calculations, sounding and completion of MBCM survey documentations.

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This guide is an outline of the marine bulk cargo measurement (MBCM) surveys process from beginning to end. It begins with a description of the survey, key definitions and terms, before looking at:

-          General error notes

-          receipt of application

-          determining onboard quantities

-          draught and displacement calculations

-          taking soundings

-          calculating cargo quantities

-          completion of survey documentation.


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Chapter 1: Introduction


Chapter 2: Definitions and Form Terms


Chapter 3: MBCM Surveys - General Error Notes


Chapter 4: Receipt of an Application for an MBCM Survey


Chapter 5: Determining Onboard Quantities


Chapter 6: Recording of Draughts, Taking Soundings, Dock Water Density


Chapter 7: Displacement 1st Trim Correction/Layer Correction


Chapter 8: Displacement 2nd Trim Correction


Chapter 9: Displacement List/Heel Correction


Chapter 10: Displacement Density Correction


Chapter 11: Cargo Quantity Calculation


Chapter 12: Marine Bulk Cargo Measurement - Survey Report


Appendix 1: Physical Terms


Appendix 2: Linear Interpolation


Appendix 3: Metric Units




This book is addressed to both marine surveyors and ships’ officers and is a source of ‘theory into practice’ applications for naval architects.


The basics of naval architecture are outlined so that you can follow and understand the steps taken during a marine bulk cargo measurement (MBCM) survey. This might also be known as a ‘draught survey’.


MBCM surveys are usually carried out on bulk carriers, a type of ship that has undergone substantial changes and improvements since the 1990s.


However, while the size of the ships has steadily increased and their designs have changed, the original principles and concepts of naval architecture remain unchanged.

Harry Alexander Karanassos

Harry Alexander Karanassos is an expert in marine engineering and has experience as a Chief Marine Superintendent and as a Marine Surveyor. He is currently a member of FEANI, the federation of professional engineers and of The Royal Institution of Naval Architects, where he serves as a member of the Council.


Witherbys titles are developed using scripts developed by technical experts that are peer reviewed within work groups. Typically, they seek to improve understanding of the regulations, recommendations and guidelines issued by Industry.

Witherbys staff have significant expertise in the fields of navigation and hazardous cargoes as well as in the presentation of complex subjects in a graphic and easy to understand manner.

Title: Marine Bulk Cargo Measurement Surveys
Subtitle: Metric Edition
Number of Pages: 96
Product Code: WS1384K
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-85609-578-5 (9781856095785), ISBN 10: 1-85609-578-9 (1856095789)
Published Date: November 2013
Binding Format: Paperback
Book Height: 235 mm
Book Width: 155 mm
Book Spine: 6 mm
Weight: 0.20 kg
Author: Harry Karanassos

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