Condition & Value Survey

It is normal for your insurance company to request this prior to insuring/renewal. Similar to the pre-purchase survey but slightly less onerous.

Moisture Reading

A pegged meter is indicating a moisture content in the core of about 35% or more!! If boats were made out of water this would be one thing but a core, with even close to 35% water content is not a good sign.

Appraisal Survey

Looking up a price in an appraisal guide does not constitute an appraisal. Insurance companies have appraisal books too. While insurance surveys are not formal appraisals, and while it is not necessary to detail the method of appraisal, the basis of the appraisal should be stated whether extrapolation from a guide only, actual market information, or both.

Tank Containers Surveys

An ISO Tank is a tank container which is built to the ISO standard (International Organisation for Standardisation). ISO tanks are designed to carry liquids in bulk, both hazardous and non-hazardous. The tank is made of stainless steel and is surrounded by various types of protective layers. 

A 5-year periodic test is required 60 months after the date of the original hydrostatic test, or the most recent subsequent 5-year test.  The scope of the test must include a hydrostatic pressure test at the tank’s full Test Pressure, usually 150% of the Maximum Allowable Working Pressure.  It will also include a visual interior inspection of the tank barrel, and exterior inspection of the container to ensure structural integrity of the frame and safety items such as the catwalk.  A bench test of the safety relief valve is required along with a final leakage test (after the water has been drained and the relief valve re-installed), to ensure satisfactory operation of all service valves and equipment.  All of these tests are carried out under the witness of a surveyor/inspector for a third party agency or Class Society, which will issue the test certificate and stamp the new test date on the tank’s data plate.

A 5-year test is also required at any time when welding operations have been conducted on the shell.

At the midpoint between each 5-year test interval, a 2.5-year test is required 30 months after the most recent hydrostatic test.  This will include the exact same scope of testing/inspection as the 5-year test, except that the tank will not be hydrostatically tested.  Instead only the leakage test (pneumatic) is conducted at normal operating pressure.  Again all testing is carried out under the witness of the third party surveyor, and after successful completion the data plate is stamped and a test certificate is issued by the Class Society or competent authority.

Pre-Purchase Survey

Survey for the prospective buyer comprehensively detailing the condition of the vessel.

Underwater Services

A method of surveying the underwater parts of a ship while it is still afloat instead of having to dry-dock it for examination of these areas as was conventionally done.

Cargo & Container Inspections

When inspecting a shipping container We inspect: in the exterior the corners, edges, and seams are checked.  visualy inspect the bottom and top of the unit, where condensation and water can collect. The interior is inspected visualy for condensation or water damage. and the door seals are verified for tightness

Fluid Analysis

Oil analysis is a quick, nondestructive way to gauge the health of an engine by looking at what's in the oil.

Marine Consulting

are people who have the expertise to advice and suggest better trade routes and address other necessary shipping concerns to individuals and corporations engaged in the marine business to help them boost, advance and further their business positively.