• Consultants on marine transportation of foods. Food scientists and engineers. Cargo surveyors. Located in  New Jersey, U. S. A. and Valencia, Spain
  • Specialized consultants and cargo surveyors with more than 40 years of experience in damage surveys and claim investigations
  • Investigation of damage to food cargoes in reefer and dry containers: temperature records, ventilation, product condition, packaging, stuffing, stripping and cargo transfer.
  • Evaluation of the cause of damages occurred during storage and transportation of grains, cocoa, coffee, oil-seeds, fertilizers, sugar and other dry cargo.
  • Scientific consultants in legal cases. Critical review and analysis of documentation and evidence gathered. Expert evidence for litigation.  
  • Surveys and analysis of damage during transportation of fresh and frozen foods in reefer containers: bananas, avocados, stone fruits, apples, pears, grapes, meats, fish, seafood....
  • On-line training courses and e-Books on maritime transportation of foods
  • Refrigerated transportation of foods and temperature sensitive cargo (Training course)

    This course has been prepared   to train the personnel involved in the marine transportation of refrigerated and frozen foods in refrigerated containers and particularly for personnel working in terminal operations, logistics, technical sales, customer service, cargo underwriting and handling cargo claims. Topics covered: Historical background. Types of refrigerated containers and ships. Container parts, cooling system, air exchange; transport parameters, control panel; thermographs and data loggers, electrical generators and connections, attachments. Control of insects and pests by cold treatment in transit. Notions of food preservation, plant tissue respiration, ethylene environmental control. Incompatibilities in loading. Cargo preparation, packaging and palletizing. Temperature control. Selection of optimal transport conditions (temperature, relative humidity, ventilation); modified and controlled atmospheres. Instructions for transportation. Preparation of the unit and pre-cooling. Proper stuffing and stowing. Stripping and cargo transfer. Security seals. Review of operations in maritime terminals.

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  • Self-heating and spontaneous combustion of grains and other products (Lessons on-line))

    The analysis of the causes originating self-heating and spontaneous combustion of grains and other products such as seed cake and fishmeal during maritime transportation and storage is presented. Heating of microbiological and chemical origin are studied along with other sources of heat such as hot surfaces on board, infestation and fumigation that can increase temperature, enhancing fat oxidation and triggering the spontaneous combustion process. A revision of the factors to determine if a lot is in the process of self-heating and in risk of spontaneous combustion is presented along with the measures to prevent it. A brief outline of firefighting grain fires is indicated. A summary of the IMSBC and IMDG regulations for the maritime transportation of seed cake, oilseeds, cereal grains and other products in bulk and bagged to prevent self-heating and spontaneous combustion is shown.

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  • Causes of water damage in maritime transportation (Training course)

    Water damage during sea transportation is an important cause of claims in bulk and containerized cargo.  The origin of seawater and fresh water damages is reviewed and analyzed. A review of hatch cover components, operation, watertightness and securing is discussed along with other sources of cargo contamination with seawater and fresh water in cargo holds of ships and containers. No previous experience required. Course prepared for cargo surveyors, underwriters, claim managers, customer service, maritime lawyers and persons interested in knowing about water damage in sea transportation.

    Course Objectives: To know the causes of water damage in marine transportation and recognize the types of damage that frequently take place. The incidence of bad weather during the sea passage. Be able to interpret the scales of Beaufort and Douglas for wind force and sea condition. Be able to identify the types and parts of hatch covers and the mechanisms to keep them watertight. Become acquainted of hatch cover deficiencies that could result in water ingress and eventual cargo damage. Know the tests and inspections to determine hatch cover water tightness. Know and identify deficiencies in ventilation systems, hold access hatches, sounding pipes, bilges, pipes and ballast tanks that could result in cargo damage, caused by the entry of water. Be able to differentiate the damage to cargo by seawater from fresh water through a chloride field test for identification of contamination with salt or brackish water. Get acquainted of the types of water damage in containers.

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  • Understanding condensation damages in marine transportation (Training Course)

    Condensation is an important problem in food and cargo transportation in trips taking place during winter months. Condensation results in millionaire losses every year.

    This online course in English was designed for personnel with no knowledge of physics and thermodynamics, with emphasis in understanding the psychrometric properties of air, the condensation phenomenon, its causes and mitigation or prevention using ventilation, suitable packaging, proper stowage and utilization of desiccants. Preparation of dry containers for the transportation of moisture sensitive products subjected to condensation risks will be addressed.

     

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  • Reefer container essentials (Training Course)

    A course on reefer container essentials, prepared in English for personnel involved in exportation, importation, terminal operations, technical sales, logistics, handling of cargo claims and customer service of cargo carried in reefer containers. No previous knowledge required.

    Topics covered: Reefer container "anatomy" and operation; Container preparation and precautions; Selection of reefer parameters: set point temperature, air exchange, defrost intervals, relative humidity, gases concentration in controlled/modified atmosphere containers; Airflow; Packaging requirements; Stuffing and stowage of break bulk and palletized cargo; Seals; Stripping and cargo transfers.

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  • Cargo surveyors course (Training Course-Spanish)

    Basic cargo inspectors course

    A course in Spanish for cargo surveyors, covering the following topics: Inspection procedures and requirements. Sampling plans, methods, equipment and procedures. Sealing, preservation and transportation of samples. Frequently done lab analysis and field tests. Temperature and texture measurement and interpretation. Product evaluation and statistics. Inspection forms and reports. Container inspection and evaluation. Packaging evaluation. Parameters in reefer container operation. Airflow in reefer containers and its importance in damage investigations. Interpretation of temperature and other records.  
     

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  • Maritime transportation of grains and their products (Lessons on-line)

    This course in Spanish is intended for personnel involved in the transportation of grain and grain products and particularly for personnel related with terminal and silo operations, logistics, technical sales, customer service, maritime lawyers and handling cargo claims. Topics covered: Typical damages found in grain transportation. Grain sampling and typical analyses. Grain quality and factors affecting deterioration. Ships and containers for grain transportation. Grain loading and unloading procedures. Cargo holds preparation and cleaning. Cargo documentation and certificate. Quality of the grains. Physicochemical and biological factors that affect deterioration of the grain. Stowage and ventilation. Water damage. State of the sea. Beaufort and Douglas scales. Seawater contamination modes in stowed grain. Hatch covers: "anatomy", deficiencies and leak tests. Sealed deck openings: ventilation systems, bilges, fissures in pipes and tanks, sound tubes, fissures in coamings and deck etc. Heat damage: self-heating and deterioration of the grain, spontaneous combustion, other sources: hot bulkheads, spotlights, double bottom tanks, etc. Mycotoxins. Grain infestation. Insects that affect grains. Control of insects and other pests. Fumigation. Control of rodents and birds. Evaluation and investigation of cargo damage. Damages due to fresh water, condensation, precipitation. Chloride analysis to distinguish freshwater from seawater contamination. Preparation of dry containers to prevent condensation. Use of desiccants.

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  • Hygiene in food preparation and food service (Lessons on-line-Spanish)

    Food preparation and food service entails operational problems and risks to the public health that can result in massive food transmitted illnesses. This, cannot only put in risk the health of the commensals, but also the prestige and quality of the services provided by the institutions involved. Prevention of these problems requires not only the knowledge of the health risks associated with the operations of preparation, handling and service of food, but also a permanent, adequate positive attitude by the personnel working in these institutions. To achieve this, the personnel should be trained in the hygienic aspects involved in food preparation and foodservice. This course has been specially designed to provide basic knowledge, in the field of hygiene and sanitation, for people involved in the preparation, processing, handling and service of food in hotels, resorts, restaurants and massive food service institutions. The study material is presented for self-study in simple language, with few technical or scientific elaborations.. At the end of each lesson, a quiz to review the topics covered is presented with the respective answers, so that the student can carry out his/her self-evaluation.

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