Over 7000 ships have been inspected by the Club's dedicated team of experienced master mariners since the programme began in 1990.
The aim of the ship inspection team is to help raise awareness with respect to practices onboard that could lead to claims or affect safety. They use their own experience as ship's masters, while benefiting from good practices observed on the numerous vessels they have visited on the Club's behalf. If they see something of interest on one vessel, they may pass this on to the master on subsequent vessels for them to adopt if they feel necessary to do so.
A summary of the data obtained from the programme was provided to all Club Members in the Ship Inspection Report (259 Kb pdf) published in August 1995.
As well as ship visits the Club organises condition surveys to enable managers to determine whether entered ships conform to acceptable standards. These are completed on the Club's Survey Form (673 Kb) and are done on vessels for the following reasons:
When ships over 10 yrs old are entered in the club, this can be either a pre-entry or a post entry condition survey.
If after a visit by a club inspector, the inspector feels that the ship does not conform to the Clubs standards.
Following a claim which could possibly have occurred due to a lapse in on board maintenance/management.
If information is received from a third party e.g. PSC that the ship is below Club standard.
If the ship changes classification societies, usually from an IACS to a non IACS society.
If after a lengthy period of lay up ( 6 months or more) a ship is re-activated.
It is important to note that the condition surveys are carried out by independent surveyors appointed by the ship inspection department. The attached Survey Guide (33 Kb) explains in more detail the processes involved with the survey system.