As per our principal’s instructions, a joint survey had to be undertaken by Constellation Marine Engineer Surveyor on behalf of the carriers to assess the nature, cause and extent of damage to an air conditioning machine which was reportedly received in a damaged condition in 40’ container and stored at the consignee’s warehouse. A formal notification by email was sent by the Cargo Underwriter’s Surveyor to the Carriers who in turn appointed Constellation Marine Services for the joint survey.
At 1400 hours on 27 July 2015, the Engineer Surveyor of Constellation Marine Services acting on behalf of the Carriers attended the joint survey to investigate the nature, cause and extent of damage to Air Conditioning Machine which was already unstuffed from 40 foot container and placed at the consignee’s construction site at Dubai, UAE.
Upon our arrival to the site where the damaged unit was placed, it was revealed that out of the 4 sections of the main unit, the 2nd section panel door frame at the rear end was damaged at the bottom 2 locations. On investigation by our Engineer Surveyor, it was found that the bottom horizontal member of the frame was detached from its vertical members, which is illustrated by the photographs taken at the site (attached below Pic 1 and 2). In Addition the base beading on the right hand corner of 2nd section rear side of the main body was damaged (attached below Pic 3). However the rest of the unit was satisfactory and no other damage was reported and/ or visibly sighted.
The container in which the unit arrived was not presented to our Engineer Surveyor for external and internal inspection and hence could not determine the damage to the container. The manner in which the air handling units were stowed and secured within the container was not known to us as the units were unstuffed from the container prior to our attendance for the survey.
Based on the inspection by Constellation Marine Engineer Surveyor, the damage appeared to be contact damage possibly caused by mishandling of the unit while loading into the container or during unloading from the container.