Marine survey services are an important procedure that helps to reduce risks, ensure that the vessel is ready for voyage, and comply with regulatory requirements and safety standards.
The procedure is carried out by a maritime inspector (surveyor) - an expert specializing in the inspection, assessment, and verification of vessel. Their task is to identify potential issues, monitor compliance with cargo carriage requirements, verify the quality and quantity of cargo, and assess potential damages.
Inspection of ships is especially important when transporting cargo. Two parties are usually interested in this procedure - the buyer and the seller, since the carrier is not always responsible for the safety of the cargo.
We recommend that you carry out an inspection during loading, take samples for laboratory analysis, and control the movement of goods at all points along the route.
All inspections are conducted by highly qualified specialists with experience and knowledge in the field of maritime navigation and technical safety. We perform the following types of vessel inspections:
Vessel inspection by an inspector during the entry and exit for charter is necessary to ensure the safety of the vessel and its equipment, as well as to monitor its condition before handover and after return.
When a vessel is chartered, we meticulously inspect and document its condition. During the inspection, we assess the vessel's external appearance, and equipment condition, and verify the functionality of all systems and mechanisms.
To record the vessel's condition at the time of entry into charter, we provide a detailed report including descriptions of all identified faults and defects.
A similar process is followed when the vessel is exiting the charter:
Inspection during vessel charter benefits both the lessor and lessee, ensuring that the object is in proper condition and all charter conditions are upheld.
One of our most crucial services is damage inspection. It allows us to identify all potential defects and malfunctions that could impact the vessel's functionality and safety. Vessel damage inspection typically follows these steps:
In addition to standard checks, we also conduct investigations of accident cases, providing an independent conclusion on the root cause of such situations.
The inspection of the vessel prior to loading is a crucial stage of the ship inspection process, aimed at ensuring the maximum safety of the cargo and avoiding potential issues during the voyage. The procedure is carried out as follows:
Controlling loading and unloading operations helps minimize the risks that may arise due to improper loading onto the vessel and contributes to a more effective loading process.
This is a crucial part of the vessel inspection aimed at ensuring safety, maintaining integrity, and preparing for cargo operations. The procedure may involve:
The procedure ensures the safety of the vessel and cargo, helping to avoid many potential risks.
To assess the condition and safety of the cargo space, a cargo hold inspection is conducted. This service includes:
Marine Pre-Purchase Survey is a diagnostic assessment of vessels that constitutes a crucial step before finalizing a transaction. This procedure enables both parties involved to acquire comprehensive and up-to-date information about the vessel's condition and potential risks. The vessel's diagnostic process occurs in several stages:
Conducting a vessel inspection prior to purchase or sale allows for a realistic understanding of the transaction's subject and helps to mitigate a multitude of potential issues in the future.
The service includes an analysis of all documents related to the cargo, vessel, and any associated vessel activities. The following are subject to verification:
Document inspection ensures that the vessel adheres to all declared norms, regulations, and safety standards.
Bunker inspection is necessary to assess the condition and safety of fuel storage on the vessel. The procedure is typically conducted in several stages:
Bunker inspection helps identify potential anomalies and issues even before the voyage begins, thereby avoiding most emergency situations.
Ship inspection plays a pivotal role in the safety and efficiency of maritime operations, in maintaining the reliability and value of vessels and their equipment. Here are just a few benefits of having a ship inspected by an inspector:
Here's how the vessel inspection procedure unfolds:
The duration of the inspection procedure depends on the type of vessel, its size, and many other factors. Contact us, and we'll provide you with information on how long the ship inspection will take in your specific case.
Sharky Maritime is a leader in the ship inspection industry. We have earned the trust of thousands of customers thanks to a team of experienced professionals, an integrated approach to verification, the use of the most modern equipment and a personal approach. We carry out ship inspections in various ports on the Black Sea coast, including Odessa, Chornomorsk, Yuzhny, Nikolaev, Izmail, Reni, Giurgiulesti and Constanta.
Maritime vessel inspections can employ UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), ultrasonic testing, endoscopes, magnetic tests, thermal imaging equipment, equipment testing, laboratory research, visual inspection, and document analysis to assess vessel condition and detect issues.
The combination of these techniques allows for a comprehensive and accurate vessel inspection, identifying all potential problems and risks.
To ensure that inspections meet national and international quality standards, we engage only highly qualified specialists. During inspections, we follow the latest recommendations and standards, including those of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), and other relevant documents. Furthermore, we maintain high inspection quality through regular training and professional development for our inspectors and internal quality control processes.
The frequency of inspections depends on several factors, such as the type, age, activity, operational conditions of the vessel, regulatory requirements, and risks. Exact inspection schedules can be obtained from our specialists.
The timeframes for vessel inspections can significantly vary depending on vessel type, characteristics, inspection goals, and regulatory requirements. The duration of inspecting a river vessel may differ from inspecting a vessel. If an inspection is being conducted for a specific certification, the regulatory body may establish the inspection duration.
Inspecting a vessel on your own is very challenging – it's a complex and responsible process that requires specialized knowledge and experience. Vessel inspection involves document verification, visual inspection, equipment testing, cargo hold inspection, engine room examination, safety tests, and measurement of critical parameters. Our specialists conduct comprehensive inspections, analyze the collected data, and provide a vessel inspection report with recommendations for improving its condition.
The cost of the service depends on numerous factors – vessel size, scope of required inspections, vessel purpose, and more. For instance, inspecting a small craft takes considerably less time than examining a cargo tanker. Our specialists will ask you a series of clarifying questions, the answers to which will help us determine the price for the vessel inspection service.
Vessel inspection by an inspector is among our range of services. Submit an inquiry, and we will match you with a specialist whose qualifications align with your needs.
The experts conducting vessel inspections possess relevant higher education and have all the necessary knowledge in the maritime industry – experience with various vessel types, technical expertise, up-to-date knowledge of standards, regulations, and maritime operations. Additionally, Sharky Maritime specialists possess excellent communication, analytical, and legal skills, which play a significant role in conducting effective vessel inspections.