Many vessel inspection reports fail to adequately identify real areas of risk. This can include costly operational delays from postponed maintenance, poor implantation of safety procedures, and fines for non-compliance.
Independent, third party marine vessel audits can identify gaps in the understanding of the true risk, determine systems adequacy and a vessel’s ‘fit for purpose’ work status and develop effective procedures for improvement.
At RPS, our inspectors use an effective analysis approach which delves beneath the superficial responses to the inspection questions to develop a true and deeper understanding of the risk. Their vessel specific experience is key to confirming if a procedure is appropriate for that vessel or equipment. This includes assessing the risk and any associated extensions on maintenance certificates they may place on the vessels’ health or performance. The evaluation of the adoption of health and safety policies, through crew interviews, reveal a truer picture of the HSE risk being taken on than checklists and reports can accurately provide.
We focus on the effectiveness of control measures. Most inspections, because of time pressure, will check that a procedure is in place and will give a tick if a procedure is cited.
Company Management System audits review the company’s entire Safety Management System from management to operations. Further verification that these systems are functioning and operating as outlined in the company’s policy manual and associated documentation is part of our auditing process.
We specialise in paying attention to the details that can easily get overlooked. For example, is the vessel or unit free of conditions of class or recommendations, visas, memoranda or notations? It is common and legal for vessel operators to get an extension for these certificates and to get re-certified when they go into drydock, however, these extensions are often not flagged in inspection reports. The client company that has commissioned the report could well accept a vessel without knowledge of the risks involved in having these certificates extended. Our inspectors flag any extensions to certificates of class in the inspection report.
We have a team of 12 OVID inspectors and a similar number of CMID AVIs stationed globally. Assisting them are other highly qualified maritime Master Mariners and Chief Engineers. Our inspectors take the time during a marine assurance inspection, to dig a little deeper to verify that the procedure are current, and vessel specific.
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