What is information given by ship to terminal prior to loading or discharging as per BLU code ?

In order to plan the proper disposition and availability of the cargo so as to meet the ship’s loading plan, the loading terminal should be given the following information:

1. The ship’s estimated time of arrival (ETA) off the port as early as possible. This advice should be updated as appropriate.

2. At the time of initial ETA advice, the ship should also provide details of the following:

2.1 Name, call sign, IMO Number of the ship, its flag State and  port of registry;

2.2  Loading plan stating the quantity of cargo required, stowage by hatches, loading order and the quantity to be loaded in each pour, provided the ship has sufficient information to be able to prepare such a plan;

2.3 Arrival and proposed departure draughts;

2.4 Time required for deballasting;

2.5 The ship’s length overall, beam, and length of the cargo area from the forward coaming of the forwardmost hatch to the after coaming of the aftmost hatch into which cargo is to be loaded or from which cargo is to be removed;

2.6  Distance from the waterline to the first hatch to be loaded or unloaded and the distance from the ship’s side to the hatch opening;

2.7 The location of the ship’s accommodation ladder;

2.8 Air draught;

2.9 Details and capacities of ship’s cargo handling gear;

2.10 Number and type of mooring lines; and

2.11 Any other item related to the ship requested by the terminal


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