Marine Survey and Inspection

“Inchcape Marine Survey and Inspection delivers a global survey and inspection solution to the marine industry, utilising technology and our global network of highly skilled marine surveyors"
Frank Olsen, CEO – Inchcape Shipping Services

Inchcape Marine Survey and Inspection provide a global solution to customers in the maritime industry, with products supporting both marine and landside operations.

Utilising our global network of Marine Surveyors and business partners our customers have access to a single global contact point to connect seamlessly to our local survey teams.  With this single global contact point, you have the confidence that you are getting professional operational expertise, globally standardised products and reports, and the knowledge that our surveyors are supported by Inchcape’s stringent internal policies, including Corporate Compliance, Procurement and QHSSE. 

Customer Contact Point: 
globalsurvey@iss-shipping.com
 

Our products add value by working to identify and mitigate risk, providing insight and supporting the maritime trade by creating a safer industry.  

With the capability of providing access to both survey and port agency services, Inchcape can provide unique services and bundled products, such as our Bunker Optimisation product supporting both smooth operations and cost management. 

With our global commitment to embracing and applying new technology, Inchcape is pioneering the Marine Survey industry with new products and capabilities including Underwater Inspection, Drones and other patented technology, thereby continually adding value to our customers.

The Marine Survey and Inspection team is headed up by three team leaders, who are accountable for the local delivery of the product in their area:

Captain Peter Valles
Europe, Mediterranean, Middle East, Africa and ISC

Captain Chris Brown
Asia and Australasia

Ivan Soto
The Americas

For any further information, please contact our team at globalsurvey@iss-shipping.com

Product explanation

Product

Breakbulk Port Captain

Service delivered

Survey to determine the condition of the cargo at both load and destination port. Carried out prior to loading or discharge. Potentially supporting insurance requirements and carriers' liability.

Risk being mitigated

Verifying the quality, condition and quantity of each break bulk item on behalf of the owner/receiver. Recommendations are made with reference to loading, stowage and securing, to prevent damage to cargo and vessel.

Product

Bulk Buyers Inspection

Service delivered

Pre-shipment visual inspection of existing inventory on behalf of buyer/seller or insurers, to verify that the goods conform to contractual specification and to international export regulations and requirements. Can be completed at shippers yard, warehouse or wharf.

Risk being mitigated

To witness, inspect, monitor and supervise bulk cargo pre-loading, loading, sampling, sample preparation and testing for quality and specifications. Failure to have required standards may result in cargo commercial impacts being compromised for future
on selling.

Product

Bunker Sampling

Service delivered

The process of testing fuel samples taken from within vessels or tanks onboard vessels which must be compliant with MARPOL 73/78 the International Convention for the Prevention of Air Pollution from ships.  The sample is taken in the presence of the supplier and taken into a ratified container, locked and then sealed with a serial numbered, tamper-evident seal. Samples
are retained for future evidence as evidence in case of engine failure/damage.

Risk being mitigated

Routine bunker sampling is required by commercial maritime law and compliance relies upon a representative sample.  Sampling provides physical evidence of sample condition at the time of bunkering in case of legal proceedings.

Product

Cargo Lashing/Handling/Logistics

Service delivered

The service of pre-planning cargo packing/handling and stowage before vessel arrival to optimise safe and timely operations.

Risk being mitigated

Minimises the risk of damage to cargo, vessel and life. Correct cargo lashing enables safer handling for all operational staff. Vessel utilization can be maximised by proper pre-planning. Tidal and un-expected air-drafts are considered as part of the pre-planning to avoid loss of time and additional loader movements.

Product

Crane/Wire Inspections

Service delivered

Surveyor inspection to ensure that the crane and wire are appropriate for use and compliant with statutory legal requirements.  Inspections are in accordance with rules and regulations within the MO32 (Marine Order, Part 32).

Risk being mitigated

Regular inspections help to minimise the risk of lifting gear failure, with potential impact to vessel operational delays or risk of injury or accident to personnel or operating staff, and resultant cost.

Product

Draft Survey

Service delivered

Draft Survey is carried out on bulk shipments, and is an accepted means of determination of cargo loaded or discharged from a vessel, forming the basis for which commercial documents and payment are transacted.

Risk being mitigated

Providing an independent verification of cargo loaded or discharged. Minimising the risk of inaccurate mechanical weighing systems.

Product

Hatch Cover Integrity

Service delivered

Inspection of ship holds and hatch covers to identify and verify the vessels' seaworthiness before cargo loading.

Risk being mitigated

Leaking hatch covers are a major cause of cargo claims with water ingress the result of poor maintenance or failure to secure hatch covers correctly. Identification of ineffective hatch covers and support with maintenance management plan minimises the risk of cargo claim to the operator.

Product

Hold Survey - Cleanliness

Service delivered

Verification that the ship’s hold is ready to receive cargo and is completed in conjunction with hatch inspections.

Risk being mitigated

Hold damage impacts the owners' ability to charter out the vessel. Identification of issues, proactive damage repair and operational process modification minimises long term impact.

Product

Hold Survey -  Damage

Service delivered

Assesses the damage to the hold of a vessel after a sea voyage. Hold Damage may be caused by a number of means, including shifts in cargo, cargo liquefaction as a result of moisture content or by overloading cargoes etc.

Risk being mitigated

Hold damage impacts the owners' ability to charter out the vessel. Identification of issues, proactive damage repair and operational process modification minimises long term impact.

Product

Hull and Machinery Survey

Service delivered

Inspection of Hull or Machinery to ascertain the extent of damage following incident including details of the potential cause, damage description, repair options and potential costs.

Risk being mitigated

Detailed understanding of the nature of the damage, and operational impacts and limitations of the vessel.

Product

Loadmaster/Port Superintendency Bulk

Service delivered

Supervise load/discharge operations in coordination with vessel and terminal to optimise stow, safety and load/discharge operations.

Risk being mitigated

Recommendations are made with reference to load/discharge, stowage to optimise port call operations and to deliver safe operations.

Product

Marine Warranty Survey

Service delivered

Verification to ensure that all necessary precautions are taken to avoid loss.  Undertaken by a marine warranty surveyor (MWS), to the requirements of the insurer. Survey typically includes a review of vessel and equipment condition and approval of marine operations.

Risk being mitigated

Surveyor makes all reasonable endeavours to ensure that the risks associated with the warranted operations are reduced to acceptable levels in accordance with industry best practice.

Product

Onhire Bunker and Condition

Service delivered

Attend on board to determine the number of bunkers on board at commencement or completion of a charter. To Inspect cargo holds and other structures for current condition and damages that are pre-existing at the time of charter.

Risk being mitigated

Independent verification of bunker levels so that an agreed value of bunkers passes from one party to another.  To protect parties in event of damages to cargo holds or structure are sustained during the period of the charter.

Product

P&I Cargo/Insurance/Loss & Damage

Service delivered

Reporting and investigation services on behalf of insurance companies or cargo interests, through to final claims and salvage process.

Risk being mitigated

Identification between total and partial loss when salvaging can provide high-value cost saving. Independent reporting on insurance claims assists in counter or cross claim proceedings.

Product

Petro Carbon Load/Discharge - Bulk Liquid

Service delivered

Provides survey, inspection and supervision services of all petroleum and chemical cargoes, including pre-shipment inspections, quality and quantity surveys, along with vessel draft survey information and reporting.

Risk being mitigated

Maintains product quality and ensuring product is not compromised during load or discharge phases. Inspection of ships tanks prior to discharge to determine the quantity and to ascertain whether any shortages. Quality assurance as per regulatory standards is required at shore tank facilities. Such products: Petrocabons, orange juice, acid, other chemicals, molasses, tallow.

Product

Pipe/Steel Surveys

Service delivered

A determination of the type, quality and condition of steel/pipe being loaded.

Risk being mitigated

Claims involving steel cargoes are frequent and the result is substantial in terms of claims/payments. Determining the pre-shipment condition of the cargo and subsequent causing of the Bills of Lading is a very important part of protecting the carrier's obligations.

Product

Prepurchase Inspection Vessel

Service delivered

Survey to provide the buyer with the necessary information to make objective and balanced decisions regarding the condition and operational capability of the vessel prior to purchase.

Risk being mitigated

Detailed survey providing an extensive report of vessel condition. Additionally, the survey identifies if other risks need to be mitigated, i.e. are there any damages to the hull or engine that could result in a condition of class. Examination of records to determine fuel consumption v speed. Are there any major items of maintenance that are due or close to being due. Does the ship comply with all international standards?  Ensures buyer confidence and in-depth understanding of asset pre-acquisition.

Product

Proof and Inspection of Asset

Service delivered

To physically sight and record the presence of the commodity/asset or storage location as stated by the asset owner, seller, insurer or another interested party, at a pre-determined location.

Risk being mitigated

Provides the customer verification of nature and condition of the asset prior to purchase or fund release, or to realize actual value of the asset for accounting purposes.

Product

Ship Vetting

Service delivered

Inspection is undertaken on a vessel to give owner/operators independent insight into the performance and efficiencies of both vessel and crew.

Risk being mitigated

Minimising environmental and commercial costs by identifying issues before they lead to major problems.  Un-resolved works could lead to increased inspections by Port State Control authorities. The vessel may be blacklisted from terminals/ports if it doesn't comply with local and global regulations.

Product

Stockpile Survey

Service delivered

Stockpile surveying accurately measures the volume and weight of various cargo stockpiles, i.e. coal, grain, timber, etc.

Risk being mitigated

Inventory is monitored more frequently and accurately. Lowers production costs by not overproducing materials. Allows greater visibility for accounting and auditing purposes.