Pre-purchase/charter Condition survey

Condition survey of vessels and equipment is a statement of fact report and represents the status of an asset at a particular time.

The survey will typically determine the working or operational condition of equipment and management systems, including its certification status.

Instructions are normally requested by vessel or barge owners, charterers and insurance interests, including P&I Clubs.

A condition survey provides an opinion on the structural condition of all visible and significant aspects of the structure of the vessel as presented for survey, with particular reference to hull condition and main equipments working condition.

Hull condition is assessed by general non-destructive examination and by assessment of the condition of sample areas. where coatings are removed. Where hulls carry heavy layers of paint, pitch or epoxy finishes the condition of all areas of the substrate cannot be guaranteed and condition can only be estimated on the basis of the evidence gleaned from sample areas scraped clean. The survey does not provide an opinion on the condition of areas not presented visible.

The engine and generator installations are inspected visually, and (where possible if presented in commission) the engine is run up to assess its general running characteristics, vibration levels etc. No dismantling of the engine or associated equipment is carried out within the scope of a condition survey so no detailed comment upon the condition of internal parts is possible without separate full strip down and mechanical survey.

Electrical, plumbing, heating and other services are inspected where visible but not operated unless presented in commission. Electrical wiring is inspected visually only in all cases.

Tanks are inspected where visible but not internally, and are not pressure tested. Windows, hatches and external doors are not tested for water tightness. Hull fastenings and skin fittings are not dismantled, but any evidence of leakage will be noted in the report.

Particulars such as registration numbers, tonnage, build year and dimensions are normally stated as advised or as exhibited aboard the ship, and are not authenticated. Dimensions, if checked, are measured by means of steel tape measures and should not be relied upon as to total accuracy. This survey does not seek to establish that clear title to the vessel exists or that it is being offered for sale free from all debts or encumbrances.

The report is prepared solely for the benefit of the client to whom it is addressed and by whom it was commissioned and no responsibility is accepted to any third party to whom the report may be passed or sold.

The main objective is to verify the structural strength and integrity of essential parts of the ship’s hull and its appendages, and the reliability and function of the propulsion and steering systems, power generation and those other features and auxiliary systems which have been built into the ship in order to maintain essential services on board.

We aim to achieve this objective through the development and application of our own survey procedures and by verifying compliance with international and/or national statutory regulations.