SGS will oversee the loading of one of the largest bulk carrier cape size vessels in operation, scheduled to receive approximately 105,600 MT of yellow corn, to ensure the quality and safety of the cargo on its journey from the load port of Convent, Louisiana in the USA to Saudi Arabia.

Prior to its departure, SGS will inspect the vessel’s cargo holds for cleanliness before loading, verify the elevator scales that will determine the cargo weight, to ensure they have been calibrated and are up to date, and witness the application of mold inhibitor. In addition, the company will monitor the quantity and quality of corn during loading and take samples for verification testing and analysis conducted by SGS laboratories in St. Rose, Louisiana and Brookings, South Dakota laboratory.

Commodity bulk carriers used to transport grains traditionally have a capacity in the region of 20,000-30,000 MT (Handysize), with larger vessels able to carry 40-60,000 MT (Panamax). Although corn is a common cargo carried by bulk carriers, Capesize vessels (80,000 MT and over) are more commonly used to carry mineral commodities such as coal and iron ore. It is extremely rare to see one cargo of 105.000 MT of corn on one vessel.

Specialist Services

Loading and discharge services protect the safety, integrity and quality of products throughout the supply chain. SGS inspectors can supervise every operational stage of vessel loading and discharge. They will ensure that clients receive a constant and direct flow of information. Personnel can also support the transfer of cargoes with a range of solutions, including cleanliness inspections, damage surveys, fumigation and pest management, as well as guarantee services and logistics support.

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For further information, please contact:

Rickey Reese
Operations Manager
SGS North America Inc.
151 James Drive West
Saint Rose, Louisiana, 70087
United States
t: +1 504 471 6492

About SGS

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