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Vessel Auditors

SeaRoc conduct inspections to ensure that vessels are fit in all respects to carry out the task for which they are chartered


SeaRoc Vessel Audits

We are providers of a range of vessel audits as listed below

Inspection and audits of vessels prior to being chartered including a briefing of vessel Masters prior to proceeding to the asset location.

Prior to commencing a charter, an HSE inspection and safety brief is conducted, to ensure the vessel is fit in all respects to carry out the task for which she is chartered. The inspection is a sampling of the vessel's systems; any defects in these systems will be noted by the inspector, who will verbally advise the Master for comment and note in writing in this report.

This survey is intended to establish that the vessel is, so far as can be determined, "fit for purpose" in the workscope she is to perform. Any vessels taken on a spot hire basis would be inspected using the SeaRoc ad hoc HSE Survey Checklist. Once on site SeaRoc’s experienced team will complete the HSE inspection and brief the Captain and crew on the procedures to be employed when on location at the asset.

The charterer should ensure the inspector of the vessels is fully familiar with the vessels' requirements for the voyage, especially issues that the inspector is to bring up directly with the Master. At the same time as the inspection takes place, a safety briefing would be given along with a pack containing all relevant charterer's procedures, manuals, installation data cards, reporting procedures, etc.

Upon completion, the result of the inspection would immediately be relayed to the charterer along with any recommendations regarding suitability of the vessels, these recommendations are highlighted on-board the vessels and signed for by the Master and the inspector. The full report on the inspection is then issued to the client once completed.

Performance of common marine inspection document (CMID) and offshore vessel inspection

The purpose of the Common Marine Inspection Document (the 'CMID') is to provide an industry format for vessel inspection reports and to reduce the number of inspections carried out on individual marine vessels, together with the adoption of a common inspection standard for the offshore marine industry. This can be achieved by sharing inspection reports. If there is a requirement to inspect a vessel, the company requesting the inspection should first ascertain the date when the last inspection was conducted, using the format of this document and the availability of the report. If the report is more than one year old then a new inspection should be conducted. A competent and independent third party should complete the inspection.

Using the report does not waive any rights to inspect the vessel, but the inspection report can be taken into consideration when assessing the degree of any further inspection that might be required. A significant part of the international offshore industry has accepted this document as the standard for vessel inspections and, as such, when requesting copies of recent inspections they will expect them to be in this format. It is intended that the CMID should be treated as a living document, in that some parts can be completed by the crew prior to an inspector’s arrival and thereafter the vessel’s crew can keep it updated wherever possible, so that the minimum amount of work is required at each inspection.

The Offshore Vessel Inspection Database (OVID)

The aim of OVID is to provide a robust web based inspection tool and database of inspection reports; this is underpinned with professional, trained and accredited inspectors. OVID is a voluntary system of inspection where all inspections are posted to an online database. The inspection questions contain a combination of regulatory compliance and industry best practice. Vessels are inspected by accredited inspectors only and there is no self assessment as is sometimes conducted by vessel owners for the CMID.

Vessel Management to clients requirements

The management of Certification is undertaken whereby the validity of ship certification is constantly reviewed by SeaRoc consultants and audits scheduled as required. Regular visits to vessel are scheduled to ensure operability is maintained and all procedures between the asset and vessel are maintained to a high standard. All required reports are collated from data supplied by the vessel and supplied to the client.

If the vessel is an Emergency rescue and recovery vessel (ERRV), validation trials are scheduled twice per year or as required by the client. Comprehensive Certificates of Fitness to the clients requirements. SeaRoc Marine Services team will inspect a vessel whose intended duty is to perform a specific task. Specific audits can be requested by the client, the work scope is identified, and subsequently the vessel and equipment status is addressed.

This also includes a specific inspection of the competence of the officers and crew in terms of qualifications and experience on the vessels and the operating systems, for example, DPOs working specific DP systems. The Certificate of Fitness is broken down into several sections as follows:

  • CMID (Common Marine inspection Document)
  • OVID (Offshore Vessel Inspection Database)
  • DP Annual Trials
  • FMEA (Failure Modes )Effects and Analysis
  • Air Diving System Audit
  • Sat Diving System Audit
  • ROV Audit
  • DPO Competence and Experience
  • LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998)

The above can be adapted to inspect any audits or specific areas of the vessels, as required.

Dynamic Positioning

Development and audit of failure mode effect analysis (FMEA)

Learning from each failure can be costly & time consuming. FMEA is a systematic method of studying failure. This ensures that time is not wasted & the root of the problem is quickly determined. It is used to Identify methods to eliminate or reduce the chance of that failure occuring in the future. It should be noted that an FMEA is a Living Document that is used to anticipate & prevent failures from occuring. As such it must be continuously updated as changes in the system occur. FMEA stands for Failure Mode Effect Analysis. Failure Mode is defined as the manner by which a failure is observed. It describes the way the failure occurs

Annual dynamic positioning (DP) trials and Proving trials

Annual survey should be carried out within three months before or after each anniversary date of the initial survey. The annual survey should ensure that the DP-system has been maintained in accordance with applicable parts of the guidelines and is in good working order.

DP FMEA Proving trials, will verify that the constructed configuration conforms to the FMEA report. Detailed planning is carried out when preparing for the FMEA Proving Trial in order to fully test and verify the detection modes declared in the FMEA report.


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