Compliance with Loadicator Testing and its records

The requirement of loading instrument for bulk carriers is governed by SOLAS chapter XII, regulation 11. Even though there is no statutory requirement for loading computer onboard other ships, classification societies require all tankers of more than 100 meters to have type approved loading instrument. even otherwise so, Loadicator has rather been a necessity onboard ships. And once we have something onboard, it is duty of ship staff to ensure that it complies with its testing and record keeping procedures.

There are two parts of the question. First relates to the documents and certificates a ship is required to have onboard with respect to loadicators and second the testing requirement of the loadicator.

Documents required for Loadicator

There are three main documents ship should have for it to be actually complying with Loadicator requirements. These are

Class certificate for loadicator: This certificate is issued by the class and gives the details of the loadicator software as well as the hardware on which it is installed, including the details of the Make, model and serial number of the computer. Master and chief officer must ensure that the approved loading computer’s details matches with the details in this certificate. The certificate may even sometimes have the printer’s detail that is connected with the approved loadicator.

If you do not find this certificate onboard, you should check in the class survey status report if the loading computer is included in the list. If yes, the certificate can be asked from the class through your office. If No, then shipping office need to consult ship’s classification society for approval of loading computer.

Class approved Loadicator Manual: This is the user manual of the loadicator which is from the maker of the loadicator software. A class approved copy of the user manual should be onboard. If there was ever a class change associated with the ship, it is important to ensure that approval stamp of the current classification society is endorsed on the manual.

Class approved loadicator test conditions: To be very clear, these are not the conditions in the stability booklet of the ship. The stability conditions in the stability booklet are made by the yard and these are not the print outs from the loadicator software. These are also not the test conditions stamped by the class during annual class surveys. These are usually in the form of a booklet specifically titled “ test conditions for loadicator” with class stamp. These are usually provided during yard delivery of the vessel or after the loadicator is installed for the first time and approved by the class.

Once you have these three documents / certificates, you are OK with the certification part.

Testing requirements for the Loadicator

Testing by ship staff: The Loadicator is required to be tested periodically ( interval to be as per SMS of the vessel) by ship staff for its accuracy. The test procedure includes choosing a text condition from the approved test conditions, entering the exact same data in the loadicator and comparing the results with the approved test conditions. The important point to note is that the data need to be manually entered and not opened from a pre-saved file as it is not acceptable to classification society as well as OCIMF to simply retrieve a stored test condition and comparing it with approved test condition.

Annual testing of Loadicator in presence of Class : During annual class surveys, loadicator need to be tested for its accuracy in presence of a class surveyor. The procedure of testing is same as the quarterly testing but in here the class surveyor would ask for the print out of the test condition and he would stamp it and give it to the ship for ship’s records.

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Capt. Rajeev Jassal has sailed for over 19 years mainly on crude oil, product and chemical tankers. He holds MBA in shipping & Logistics degree from London. He has done extensive research on quantitatively measuring Safety culture onboard and safety climate ashore which he believes is the most important element for safer shipping.

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41 Comments

Shresth Srivastava
Shresth Srivastava
Mar 15, 2016

Thank you sir for this article on loadicator. I am preparing for my mates exam and this is really helpful. Thank You.

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal
May 7, 2016

Glad that it helped you Shresth. Let me know if have any other question or if i can be of any help for your Mates Exam. All the best.

viki
viki
Jun 1, 2016

Rajeev Jassal sir thanks for your post , is there any possibility to check or to understand more regarding loadicator for container vessel as i am bout to give orals here in uk this week. Basically helping to know more about it by which i can carry out safe cargo operation on board

tapan
tapan
Jun 11, 2016

Thank you sir for ur valuable information

abhinav
abhinav
Feb 16, 2017

Good day sir, can u pls advice the limitation involved with loadicator ?

Mathew
Mathew
Jun 8, 2016

Red to above testing procedure for loadicators, kindly confirm if we should enter 10% more or less than as mentioned in the test condition I order to check if the figures are changing accordingly...

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal
Jun 8, 2016

That is not a requirement Mathew..but you need to use different conditions like full ballast and full loaded which will ensure that in any case..

Siva Chidhu
Siva Chidhu
Jun 16, 2016

Sir please give more articles about bulk carrier

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal
Jun 16, 2016

We are working on that Siva and you will get it very soon.

VISHWAJEET
VISHWAJEET
Jul 6, 2016

Thanks sir for your valuable article, I m preparing for mate and find your notes too much helpful.

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal
Jul 6, 2016

Glad that I could be of some help to you Vishwajeet.. Let me know if you any further help or if you have any question anytime.. All the best for your exams..

Sandeep
Sandeep
Jul 8, 2016

What is diff bet loadicator and loading instrument?

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal
Jul 8, 2016

Both are the name for the same equipment...

prem
prem
Jul 13, 2016

what should be done in case of loadicator failure in port ?

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal
Jul 13, 2016

You can load the loadicator software in an alternate computer. If you mean online function of loadicator then it is not required to be online. We can manually feed the data into the loadicator every hour to check the stability.

RAM
RAM
Jul 15, 2016

offline mode - getting ullages from tanks - using ullage table - stability booklet - the software will it show all SF, BM everything

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal
Jul 22, 2016

Yes.. It will show all the stability data even if the values are entered manually. In fact not all ships have online loadicator and ship staff have to enter values manually.

RAM
RAM
Jul 15, 2016

what abt tanks in engine room do we need to get that also or not. surveyor question is like "how will you load when loadicator fails ?" --- what we have to reply them sir kindly clarify

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal
Jul 22, 2016

We need to clarify from the surveyor what does he mean by loadicator failing. If he meant online function of loadicator not working then we can input all the values manually. If he meant loadicator software crashed, then we can install the software again and use it. But if he meant that we cannot locate even the software CD then we can use manual calculation to calculate draft and GM by using Hydrostatic particulars from stability booklet for each stage of the loading operation. We will however not know SF and BM.

Prem
Prem
Aug 1, 2016

what are the loadicator alarms for bulk carrier ?

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal
Aug 4, 2016

I have not been on bulk carrier so I cannot really comment on that but I do not think that Loadicator alarms on bulk carrier would be any different than other ships. The alarms for High SF/BM, alarms for intact stability not complying, alarms for overloading are the few that I can think of.

ankit vyas
ankit vyas
Aug 15, 2016

its a page must to bookmark thank u sir

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal
Aug 21, 2016

Thank you Ankit..

ankit vyas
ankit vyas
Aug 15, 2016

sir what is sf correction table and where it is found onboard????????

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal
Aug 21, 2016

I have never come across SF correction tables if you are referring SF as Sheer Force.

sagar das
sagar das
Oct 6, 2016

helo sir. please provide IMO Guidelines for making a Loadicator, taking into acount the weather criteria. for example..if SF and BM shows 100%, on what calculation basis. sea and port conditions are based on what value of weather conditions, what wind force value, swell ht..etc...pls advise.

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal
Nov 11, 2016

It is not the weather conditions that are taken into account for calculating the maximum permissible values of SF and BM. Also these guidelines are given by the IACS. These are some complex formulae. You can read these guidelines here.

Alaa Krdi
Alaa Krdi
Nov 2, 2016

Question: is the loading master connected to VDR (Voyage Data Recorder)?

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal
Nov 11, 2016

May or may not be. Will depend upon the ship owners but it is not a requirement to connect loading master to the VDR.

RAJINDER KUMAR
RAJINDER KUMAR
Nov 16, 2016

you sir for this article on loadicator. Sir I just want to know that how much is allowable SF. And BM and ship ..and and on what basis it is decided

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal
Nov 17, 2016

We need to keep the SF & BM to less than 100% which is the maximum allowable limit. There are some complex calculations for deciding the maximum limit of the SF/BM. I have share these calculation link in one of the earlier comment on this blog. I hope that can be of some help.

rayumand yazdani
rayumand yazdani
Jan 11, 2017

where do v find the maximum limit of sf and bm? is it the stability booklet?

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal
Mar 13, 2017

Yes, it will be there in stability booklet. It will also be there in approved loadicator.

Philip Royal
Philip Royal
Dec 6, 2016

I hope you will not mind me following up on a couple of the queries above, as I used to work as a Class Surveyor and now for a loading Computer supplier. For SF correction tables I suspect this means SF bulkhead correction factors assigned by Class. These should be stated in the loading manual and would be included in any self-respecting loading computer. As for the weather criteria associated with permissible SF/BM, Rules are generally based on 10year return North Atlantic seas for the wave bending component (Hs about 8m I think). Concerning stat/class requirements for onboard loading computers, since Jan 2016 it has been a requirement for tankers to have a means to check damage stability compliance and in effect this means they need a loading computer either at the next renewal survey or now, if a new ship. There are also new requirements due in 2017 concerning Type 4 systems for emergency response decision support so while the mandatory situations in regulations are currently ship-type and sized based the focus is on general provision for all ships in the near future. Hope this might support the earlier discussions.

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal
Dec 6, 2016

Thanks for the great insight Philip..

Vijay Sharma
Vijay Sharma
Dec 21, 2016

Sir please advise.. wot does surveyor mean by asking type of loadicator onbd ur ship?? TIA

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal
Mar 13, 2017

I am not sure what he would want to know by this question but all I can think of is "if the loadicator is on line or offline", does the loadicator has damage stability calculation in it" or he simply wants to know the make and model of the loadicator software.

GANESAN K
GANESAN K
Mar 5, 2017

Very useful article....nicely explained...

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal
Mar 13, 2017

Thanks Ganesan..

Mayur
Mayur
Mar 13, 2017

I'm preparing for chief mates exam and this information is very easy and usefull to understand.. thank you for such great help.

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal
Mar 13, 2017

Thanks Mayur.. Let me know if you come across any doubt while preparing for your exams..

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