If cargo was not discharged in “apparent good order and condition” and there was a claim against the company, what evidence might be useful in resisting the claim?

Bilge, ballast and bunker sounding and pumping records; 

cargo ventilation, humidity and temperature records; records of unusual weather conditions, routeing details, warnings and weather reports; records of hatch, access, hold and watertight door checks; records of fire and safety equipment checks, including log entries and other records of training and safety exercises; records of cargo securing and lashing rounds and checks. Depending what the commodity was: records of cargo temperatures (heating or cooling) where appropriate; records of inert gas and venting operations; records of reefer defrosting and temperature control; records of temperatures in FO tanks beneath sensitive cargoes.


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