5 Simple Checks Most Ship Inspectors Ignore
Pre-purchase Inspections are considered to be amongst the most complex inspections as they entail physical efforts and high-end Marine Engineering Skills. A Chief Engineer with Technical Manager Experience on different ships is considered Ideal for this job. The task is generally to assess the condition of a vessel for risks of financial losses, non compliance and operational challenges. However, there are some simple checks that can help Ship Inspector identify vessel issues.
1. How Many Extra Crew is serving onboard?
It is difficult to run a ship as per safe manning license when ship has operational difficulties. Extra crew onboard point to operational defects such as automation failures, compromised machineries operations or the need for frequent maintenance. Ships with deteriorated condition require more people to manage and maintain it.
2. Talking to Vessel Agent
It is always advisable to talk to a vessel agent who follows the vessel closely during an entire voyage from its last port. He is the best person on-site other than ship crew to tell if vessel had any performance issues. The most valuable information one gets from the agent include grounding, collision, or manoeuvring failures.
3. Comparing Performance Reports received from Seller’s office with those taken Onboard
Getting the right information of the ship from the seller’s office is the biggest challenges of pre-purchase Inspection. A ship’s Master always authorises the office to share the ship performance reports but sometimes refuses to. Reports provided by seller’s office could also be manipulated and may not match with ship’s log book which is why they on their own are unreliable.
4. Excessive Used Spares Onboard
Excessive used spares highlight frequent ongoing maintenance of the ship’s machineries. Ship managers use duplicate spares to lower the vessel’s operational cost leading to frequent replacement and occasional major breakdown of the machineries. A Ship Inspector gets an idea of maintenance problems onboard from this.
5. Talking to Ship’s board Crew
The best source of information about a ship is the ship’s crew. One though needs to socialise with them or know someone on a personal level. The general perception among the crew is that exposing vessel problems to external parties bring more work for them.
In brief, receiving a reliable pre-purchase inspection is critical for purchase of 2nd hand vessels. Poor judgement of the vessel condition increases risk.
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Source: Sinotech Marine