Specifically, the Club informs that its correspondents in Argentina, Vega & Co., the Argentinian National Food Safety and Quality Service (SENASA), provided advises and information concerning hold cleanliness requirements when loading grain cargoes.

In addition, SENASA will not accept a "suitable" cargo for the loading of grain products if one of the items shown below is present:

  1. Live insects;
  2. Loose rust scale;
  3. Moisture;
  4. Damage or signs of leakage;
  5. Odour;
  6. Fresh paint;
  7. Residues of previous cargoes;
  8. Excrement or sign of presence of animals or rodents;
  9. Defective closing of hatch covers.

Vegas & Co. highlighted that

Keep in mind that local surveyors are very strict.

The P&I also expressed that the following are not acceptable and should be prevented:

  • Lack of cleanliness behind frame;
  • cargo residues wedged on holds ladders platform added to paint flakes and rust scales;
  • cargo residues on pipe brackets;
  • Cargo residues underneath hatch covers steelwork;
  • Traces of previous cargo over tank top;
  • Transferable stains at hatch covers;
  • Presence of rust and debris on drain channel will eventually lead to the clogging of drain hole;
  • Loose rust scales;
  • Oxidation rust/ Rust dust on tank top;
  • Unsanitary conditions;
  • Wetness;
  • Odours;
  • Infestation.

To learn more on what Vegas & Co. advised, click herebelow









In light of cargo cleaning operations, in November 2019, a company launched an environmentally-friendly robot technology improving ship cargo hold cleaning. specifically assisting the dry bulk industry in hold cleaning operations, by reducing the risk of cargo contamination and decrease the cleaning costs.