Marine Inspection

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.

Our services

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:

Pre-purchase inspection
On/Off-Hire Survey
Bunker Survey
Hold and hatch inspections
Cargo hold inspection
Pre-loading inspection
Damage Survey
Tally inspection
Our services

On/Off-Hire Survey

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:

  1. Inspection and examination of all systems and equipment.
  2. Comparison of the current vessel condition with its condition prior to charter.
  3. Documentation of identified damages and alterations.
  4. Evaluation of damages in terms of their impact on vessel safety and functionality.
  5. Determination of whether they result from wear and tear or require compensation.
  6. Compilation of a report based on inspection findings.
  7. Determination of responsibility.

Inspection during vessel charter benefits both the lessor and lessee, ensuring that the object is in proper condition and all charter conditions are upheld.

Damage Inspection

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:

  1. Organizing access to necessary compartments and parts of the vessel.
  2. Visual examination and search for damages, dents, corrosion, and other defects.
  3. Employing additional techniques to detect hidden damages, such as ultrasonic testing, thermographic diagnostics, or magnetic testing.
  4. Recording and evaluating the identified damages.
  5. Compiling a report and providing recommendations for addressing the identified faults.

In addition to standard checks, we also conduct investigations of accident cases, providing an independent conclusion on the root cause of such situations.

Pre-loading Inspection

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:

  1. Work plan development: During this stage, the loading plan, cargo characteristics, and other aspects are discussed to determine and create optimal loading conditions.
  2. Visual assessment of the cargo hold's condition.
  3. Tallyman's account.
  4. Inspection of loading and unloading equipment.
  5. Supervision of loading, quality of cargo distribution, and packaging.
  6. Verification of all documentation related to the cargo.
  7. Provision of recommendations and adjustments for a more efficient cargo transportation.

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.

Hold and Hatch Inspections

This is a crucial part of the vessel inspection aimed at ensuring safety, maintaining integrity, and preparing for cargo operations. The procedure may involve:

  • Visual inspection.
  • Testing the watertightness of ship hatch covers.
  • Inspection of mechanisms and equipment.
  • Detection of hidden damages using ultrasonic testing or thermal imaging equipment.
  • Assessment of cleanliness and readiness for loading.
  • Verification of cargo securing arrangements.
  • Compliance with safety standards check.
  • Inspection of relevant documents.

The procedure ensures the safety of the vessel and cargo, helping to avoid many potential risks.

Cargo Hold Inspection

To assess the condition and safety of the cargo space, a cargo hold inspection is conducted. This service includes:

  1. Preparation of documentation to gain access to the cargo hold.
  2. Visual assessment, involving the examination of the floor, walls, ceiling, and checking for various defects or damages.
  3. Verification of ventilation, temperature, humidity, and water levels in cargo hold wells.
  4. Inspection of the presence and functionality of equipment installed in the cargo hold - racks, fastenings, ropes.
  5. Measurement of compartment dimensions.
  6. Verification of the compartment's compliance with safety requirements and international standards.
  7. Compilation of a report, which includes an evaluation of the condition and recommendations for improvement.

Pre-purchase inspection

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:

  1. Selection of a convenient date.
  2. Visual inspection to identify damages, corrosion, signs of wear, including a hull audit before the sale.
  3. Interior examination.
  4. Evaluation of equipment functionality.
  5. Verification of the vessel's technical documentation, including repair logs, maintenance records, and certificates.
  6. Compilation of a report based on the inspection findings.

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.

Document Inspection

The service includes an analysis of all documents related to the cargo, vessel, and any associated vessel activities. The following are subject to verification:

  • Vessel documents, which encompass registration and ownership certificates, as well as any documents validating the legality of the watercraft.
  • Cargo documents. The inspection of documents pertaining to transported cargo involves analyzing bills of lading, invoices, and other documents containing information about the type, quantity, and variety of the cargo.
  • Safety standards. Documents confirming the vessel's compliance with national and international standards and the results of inspection clearances.
  • Licenses and permits. The presence of all required licenses for performing necessary activities is examined.
  • Crew documents. Such verification helps confirm the competence and qualifications of the team.

Document inspection ensures that the vessel adheres to all declared norms, regulations, and safety standards.

Bunker survey

Bunker inspection is necessary to assess the condition and safety of fuel storage on the vessel. The procedure is typically conducted in several stages:

  1. Visual inspection to detect damages, defects, cracks, and fuel leaks.
  2. Verification of materials used for fuel storage to ensure compliance with norms and standards.
  3. Assessment of the condition of fuel pumps, filters, valves, and other equipment.
  4. Measurement of fuel levels and volumes, especially popular in ON/OFF hire surveys.
  5. Verification of waste disposal processes.
  6. Document inspection, including bunker plans, records of repairs and refills, and so forth.

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:

Reduction in downtimes.
Reduction in downtimes.
Increase in equipment lifespan.
Increase in equipment lifespan.
Decrease in costs.
Decrease in costs.
Reduction in accidents.
Reduction in accidents.
Compliance with norms and standards.
Compliance with norms and standards.

Stages of Vessel Inspection

Here's how the vessel inspection procedure unfolds:

  1. Preparatory Stage (1-2 days).
  2. Visual Inspection (1 day).
  3. System Inspection (1-2 days).
  4. Cargo Hold Inspection (1 day).
  5. Bunker Inspection (1 day).
  6. Documentation Check (1 day).
  7. Report Compilation (1-2 days).
  8. Coordination of Further Steps (1 day).

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.

About us

Sharky Maritime is a leader in the ship inspection industry. We have earned the trust of hundreds 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.


Frequently Asked Questions about Marine Inspection

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.

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