Checking vessels are ship shape
TWO milestones were quietly marked on Thursday when a ship was inspected ahead of the export of logs from the Port of Portland.
It was the first time a private company had carried out such an inspection, and the first female authorised officer for a private company in Australia was one of two team members carrying out the inspection.
Kassandra Pearce and Dion Hintz worked together to see if empty bulk cargo vessel Gold River met stringent standards required to export pine logs to China.
They checked to ensure there was no excess water in the bilge, and carried out inspections for the residues of other cargo, pests, soil and seed, among other things.
Five holds of the bulk carrier ship were checked, with each hold accessible by ladder and about 13m deep.