Draft Survey vs Weightometer vs Weighbridge

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Posted in: , on 21. Apr. 2002 - 22:18

I'm wondering if you would be able to direct me to articles or

papers that may have been written comparing the accuracy of the various methods of determining bulk cargo weights? E.g. metal concentrates of Ni, Cu, Pb, Zn etc. It is a perennial problem of weightometer and weighbridge weights not matching draft surveys and resultant impacts on payment for the cargo.


John Muller

Onkaparinga Mining & Metallurgy Pty. Ltd.

Mobile: 0417 966 192



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Draft Survey Vs Weightometer Vs Weighbridge

Posted on 22. Apr. 2002 - 05:41

Dear Sir,

thank your for your interest in our technology. Unfortunately we are not able to forward any information to you as the Draft Survey vs Weightometer vs Weighbridge is not a scope of m-tec. Our main focus is the dry mortar technology including dosing, weighing, mixing and controling.

With best regards

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Axel Friese

Sales Director

Erik Chilò
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Re: Draft Survey Vs Weightometer Vs Weighbridge

Posted on 25. Apr. 2002 - 04:39

Dear John,

got a reminder from Bulk-online about this and there is an article in Bulk Solids Handling - see below - where we mention an example of use of a belt scale for ship loading/unloading that can be of interest to you. You should be able to see the full article from this site.

Name of Author: Soederholm, A.

Company Affiliation: SEG Instrument AB

Title of Article: Conveyor Belt Scales A Mechanical Dilemma

Published in Journal: bulk solids handling

Year: 2000 Volume: 20 Number: 4 Page: 534-537

Type of Article: Technical note

Fields of Interest: Belt Conveying

Contact us if you need more info or examples about this .

Best regards

Erik Chil

S-E-G Instrument AB

Box 111 43

S-161 11 Bromma - Sweden

sales@s-e-g.com www.s-e-g.com

tel. +46 8 764 74 00

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Re: Draft Survey Vs Weightometer Vs Weighbridge

Posted on 4. Jul. 2004 - 06:54

Mr Muller,

In regards to your post, I can see a couple of variables that might need addressed. You mentioned the variablilty of materials, I was wondering if the material is sampled for changes in density throught out the process .

In our experience, draft weights are normally used as a system check against the belt scale readings. The comparisons of individual weights can be significant.

I would also imagine the bulk density of the material is wide ranging. The conveyor belt scale can wiegh over a wide range, however the belt tension can change considerably depending on the loading. I would also suggest material testing over a number of feed rates.


Todd Dietrich

Kaskaskia Valley Scale Co.


regards, Todd Dietrich todd@kvsco.com Kaskaskia Valley Scale Co. http://www.kvsco.com
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Re: Draft Survey Vs Weightometer Vs Weighbridge

Posted on 25. Sep. 2009 - 01:19

Dear Sir,

The accuracy of our new modern technology of draft survey is 0.3%

Please visit www.shipsurvey.ru for more information.

Best regards,

Anatoly Nikanov, MIIMS

S.M. Umarye
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How Payment Is Based

Posted on 9. Oct. 2009 - 07:44

while the discussion goes on the accuracy i would like to know how buyers makes payments.Is there a shift from draft reading to belt weighter reading internationally. in our port the some exporters are asking for a change.

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Re: Draft Survey Vs Weightometer Vs Weighbridge

Posted on 20. Oct. 2009 - 12:50

Dear Mr C.M. Umarye

Exporters prefer weighter or draft reading in the port of loading,

and vice-versa buyers prefer weighter or draft reading in the port of discharging.

Probably, your exporters insist on weighing in the port of loading. Usually it is unacceptable for the buyer.

Best regards,

Anatoly Nikanov, MIIMS

Belt Scale Vs Truck Scale

Posted on 27. Jun. 2013 - 12:39

Dear Sir,

If the Belt scale is installed & aligned Properly, and material test carried out, there is no reason why it should not be accurate. The Following could affect the accuracy:

1. The Material is of very light weight in nature.

2. If the Flow of material is not uniform and contineous.

3. If the belt tension is not OK

4. If the Idlers, preceeding & succeeding are not of Good Quality.

we supply 2 / 4 Load cell based belt scales and we have achieved repeatedly 0.2-0.5% accuracy in various mining, fertilizer, cement, power & Sugar Industries.

You may contact us for any of your requirement as far as weighing is concerned.


V Sundar

COO Orange weighing & Slutions Pvt Ltd

Bangalore india

0091 9483527761


Posted on 7. Jul. 2013 - 05:17

Even 0.3% involves many tonnes but this is considerably less than the accepted variations in belt weighers.

I am just interested to find out how the consumables are treated in the berthing draft surveys.

Operating the vessels gearing and providing on-board services need to be taken into account which, as the thread starter intimates, can be frustrating.

I should know whether or not the hatches are sealed on departure, but sadly I don't. Freight container doors are sealed and this saves all the bother...is bulk shipping up to speed hereabouts?

John Gateley johngateley@hotmail.com www.the-credible-bulk.com