North American Division
Houston Tx


Lab Services


Robinson International was founded in London in 1982 as an independent inspection and laboratory business. The Robinson International now operates worldwide and is dedicated to offering independent services in the field of inspection, cargo integrity surveillance, analysis, chemical consultancy, mineral ores sampling and testing, etc. The headquarters are located at the Baltic Exchange in London.


Mineral ore sampling and testing was established in Africa in 2005 with the formation of a laboratory in the DRC called Robinson International Afrique SAS in Lubumbashi. The laboratory in Lubumbashi is accredited ISO 17025:2017. It supplies mineral and environmental analysis as well as assaying services.


The North American division of Robinson International has now established a state-of-the-art laboratory in Houston, Texas. The focus for this laboratory will be testing metals and mineral ore samples, along with research analysis. Philip Williams is the laboratory manger of the new facility and has set up the testing procedures and operations. Philip was previously the laboratory director of a metal and minerals testing laboratory for 20 plus years and the Robinson International is excited to have him on board.


Loss Control Surveying Services


Robinson International – founded in London in 1982 -recognized the concept of loss control for the petroleum industry and continues to be the industry leader by adapting to the changing needs and trends in the oil trading and transportation industry.

Robinson International offers comprehensive marine loss control services.  Our team consist of well experience professionals with over 25 years experience in loss control, project management, vetting, terminal inspection, port captains and claims specialists as well as specialized skill and experience in areas such as cargo logistics, and packaging and many others. Our team has wide variety of expertise most  of them have seagoing experience.

Loss Control is will ensure  that all the necessary data is available to assist in investigation and resolving claims efficiently, losses can be summarized as events due to ROB quantities, improper gauging, temperatures, leaking valves, terminal valves leakage or other mistakes. Terminal and surveying companies not following proper standards As prices of oil are increasing, we believe that is necessary to have a loss control company to monitor all the cargo movements and storage, and investigating claims efficiently.

Loss Control Surveying

  • Loading and Discharge Supervision
  • Assist the IIC inspectors
  • Quality Assurance and Laboratory Services
  • Voyage Analysis Report
  • Certificate of Quantity.
  • Certificate of Quality.
  • OBQ/ROB Report/s.
  • Shore Line Fullness Verification (SLFV) with line capacity.
  • Measurements of Bulk Cargoes by Draft Survey.

Related Loss Control Services

  • Compliance with most current API Standards
  • Inspection, Sampling & Testing


Meet John Balschun


Robinson International USA is very pleased to announce that Mr. John P. Balschun is one of the key international coordinators for loss control supervision activities based in our Houston, Texas location.


John has been with Robinson International USA since 2000. John comes to Robinson with previous operational leadership roles in areas of loss control and inspection companies with notably successful interventions in the USA Gulf Coast, Mid-Atlantic Seaboard, Southern California, Caribbean Islands and Bahamas, Ecuador, Mexico, Central America and Panama. John demonstrates high capabilities in protecting the best interests of clients while mitigating circumstances which could incur very costly losses by applying his experience and knowledge in critical moments. John also has hands on experience working as terminal operator in petroleum products and LPG operations. Always being vigilant of the best possible results in operational, quality and quantity assurance.


Continuously looking after the most optimum results for clients’ movements and inventories; alerting for and preventing losses as well as avoiding and/or reporting in a timely manner costly demurrages.


John has gained the respect and estimation of oil companies and schedulers, traders and loss control directors.


We at Robinson International know that John would like to meet you and learn more about your business so that he can provide you with the best options regarding our scope of services to positively enhance your cargo movements and inventories!

Meet Philip Williams


Robinson International USA is very pleased to announce the recent hiring of Philip Williams as the Laboratory Manager in our Houston, Texas location. Philip has come to us from ACS Labs, formerly located in the Houston Energy Corridor. Philip worked for ACS Labs for 22 years where he distinguished himself as Laboratory Director, focusing on client management and sample development by instrumentation. Philip has an abundant amount of experience working with instrument manufactures to develop and perfect procedures for analysis and deliver required detection limits and other required parameters. Philip has developed methods for mineral ore and precious metals, performed by ICP-MS.


His specialties also include detailed quality research including specialty fire assay preparation, mineral ore samples and special methods for microwave digestions for complete matrix samples. If you happen be in the Houston location, please feel free to stop by and meet him or call for an introductory meeting.


We know that Philip would like to meet you and learn more about your business so that he can provide you with the best analytical services available.


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