What is covered in your survey?
The survey you are about to have undertaken covers all the aspects of condition that affect the vessels integrity, both structurally and for safety.
Whilst it is NOT a list of all the faults and defects within the vessel it is an evaluation of the overall condition of the vessel.
The following list covers the aspect of the survey, subject to limitations and environmental conditions.
Extent and Limitations of survey
The Surveyor was contracted to undertake a Condition Survey of the vessel on behalf of “The client”. The Survey was a visual inspection of the condition of the hull and a measurement of material thickness to find an average condition of erosion across the vessel. The systems of the vessel were inspected for condition with regards to accepted Marine Standards and The Boat Safety Scheme. Areas of high corrosion were considered critical areas and should be studied further. Inspection had been carried out fully from the exterior – limited only by available access from the method of dry docking, the levels of corrosion present and other debris such as biofilm or calcium deposit. Inspection of the hull plating from the interior was severely limited to the amount of access available. No panels or hatches requiring tools to remove were accessed during this inspection. Every effort was made to assess condition in, good faith, and no liability is accepted due to defects that may have been undetectable due to these limitations. If concerns were raised as to the critical deterioration of the Hull (due to limitations) during the survey this will have been noted in the report. In such an event, further surveying is recommended after gaining increased access, at the expense of the client.
The survey was an assessment of general condition, and no liability may be taken for defects found in areas not accessible or not inspected, nor hidden by coatings. The vessel must be shot blasted prior to survey in order to achieve a definitive survey result.
Any area marked or mentioned as NV – Non-Verified should be descaled and examined further. High corrosion levels were seen to be affecting the accuracy of the survey results. Whilst this does not necessarily indicate failure or imminent failure via defects, failure or imminent failure via defects cannot be ruled out. Such an area is thus considered a higher risk.
All measurements and observations were made on the day of the survey and apply solely to the day of survey. No liability may be taken for deterioration in any form, after the survey.
The survey report was intended as an aid to the client in the process of acquiring a vessel. No judgment was made by the Surveyor as to the suitability of the vessel for sale, nor the agreed price, and no responsibility is taken by the Surveyor regarding the decision to buy, or not to buy, made by the Purchaser. Such comments would be considered a conflict of interest on the part of the Surveyor and such advice should be sought separately under a separate contract and agreement – A Pre-Purchase Consultancy.
Full terms and conditions are available from email@example.com and it is understood that acceptance of this report indicates the t&cs’ have been read and approved.
No Liability may be taken by the Surveyor for an inadequate Survey Report resulting from poor survey preparation. It is the Clients responsibility to ensure the Dry Dock / Boatyard facilities are adequate to ensure a full examination. No hatches or panels were removed.
The survey report shall contain recommendations necessary to maintain the vessel. They are colour coded in order to make them as clear as possible.
- Critical - Works are necessary in order for the vessel to be deemed ‘Fit For Purpose’ and obtain insurance. Works necessary to maintain / achieve compliance with Regulatory Body Requirements.
- Important - Best practice, not enforced by any Legislature. Works that should be completed at the earliest feasible opportunity.
- Best Practice - These works are recommended in order the vessel is maintained according to best practice. Recommendations for the next dry docking.
These categories are all as important as each other and it is recommended that they are all fulfilled. No liability is taken for failure to follow the Recommendations, and it is for the vessel owner to decide the appropriate course of action in fulfilling them.
The Surveyor may be contacted for a Consultation regarding the findings; however, this is to be considered a separate and stand-alone Consultation.
*This list does not cover on-going maintenance routines such that are essential to the good condition of the vessel, these are solely the responsibility of the owner / operator.
PAPERWORK AND DOCUMENTS
An assessment of the legal documents presented and associated with the vessel.
Hull and superstructure – condition of hull
Welding and/or rivets condition.
Condition of Sacrificial Chine.
Double plating, where applicable.
Covers the following:
Engine Fuel tank
Black water tank
Bow well deck
Stern deck locker/s
Stern deck stairwell
An assessment of any gel coatings, paint coatings etc.
Sounding Hammer Tests
Ultrasound Testing for thicknesses across the hull.
Moisture meter testing for voids and failures across the hull.
Thru-Hull Fittings inspection
Hull Appendages inspection
This covers rudder, steering gear, weed hatches etc.
The engine was inspected in accordance with the IIMS (International Institute of Marine Surveyors) accepted methods of practice. The Engine was run up to temperature and the gearbox was tested.
Boat Safety Scheme compliance
Depending on location of the vessel.
This survey does not replace a BSS Examination, nor imply full compliance, and all liability remains with the previous BSS Examiner regarding all aspects related to the Boat Safety Scheme examination.
The internal fit-out has been surveyed with regards to:
- Quality of workmanship
- Quality of materials used
Moisture Meter Readings
Of windows, vents and doors – identifying possible leaks etc.
Steering gear and rudder
Windows and port lights
Handrails and stanchions
Shell openings and shell fittings
All underwater openings
Doors and hatches
Davits, boarding ladders, accesses, etc
Bilge pumps and ancillary equipment
Ground tackle and mooring arrangements, serviceability of anchors, chains and winches
An assessment regarding seaworthiness as regards the requirements of your insurance company.
Mr L. Cudmore-Ray
Msc Marine Surveying