Dry bulk terminal vetting

After each port call, ships’ officers complete and submit a quick survey.

Access the questionnaire

The questionnaire is divided into the following five main categories:

  • mooring and berth arrangements
  • terminal services
  • terminal equipment
  • information exchange between the ship and the terminal
  • loading and unloading handling.

After receiving a minimum of five reports for a particular terminal, the results will be shown with a star rating, which provides a quick overview of its performance. 

All information submitted in response to the dry bulk terminal vetting questionnaire will be anonymised so that your identity and that of your ships remains confidential.

BIMCO will protect all such information from unauthorised access, use, disclosure, modification, loss or theft.

The table below shows the status of the 26 terminals that have received more than five reports. The results of the vetting scheme will be updated on the website twice a year on 1 January and 1 July.

Santa Marta Colombia CO-SMR
Bilbao Spain ES-BIO
Rio Hania Dominican Republic DO-HAI
Port Alfred  Canada CA-PAF
Thunderbay Canada CA-THU
Gent(Ghent) Belgium BE-GNE
Porto Cortés Honduras HN-PCR
Vancouver Canada CA-VAN
Point Comfort USA US-PCR
Veracruz Mexico MX-VER
Cartagena Colombia CO-CTG
New Orleans USA US-MSY
Port-au-Prince Haiti HT-PAP
Kingston Jamaica JM-KIN
Santander Spain ES-SDR
Houston USA US-HOU
Quebec Canada CA-QUE
Cristobal Panama PA-CTB
Richards Bay South Africa ZA-RCB
Barranquilla Colombia CO-BAQ
Altamira Mexico MX-ATM
Galveston USA US-GLS
Puerto Cabello Venezuela VE-PBL
Lake Charles USA US-LCH
Tianjin China CN-TXG

Once a year BIMCO will publish a detailed report, which presents the collected data in a structured and accessible format. The report will contain figures and charts for a simple comparison and ranking of each terminal’s performance, together with comments received from ships. The report will be free of charge for BIMCO members. The report can be used as guidance for planning calls at terminals around the world. The data gathered will be published through the appropriate BIMCO media and the results will be an important tool in the dialogue between ships, owners and terminals especially when encouraging terminals to improve any identified failings.

Please be aware that this isn’t a “one-off” survey. We need ships to complete the questionnaire every time they leave a terminal to keep the information available up to date. It is therefore really important we receive as much data as possible. The number of reports is directly linked to the data quality thereby ensuring the strength and value of the information we will provide. Obtaining first-hand user information in this way enables BIMCO to gather the knowledge necessary to compare the performance of terminals around the world and provide a useful service to the industry. 

Karin Petersen
in Copenhagen, DK

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