Condition surveys provide an informed opinion on the general condition of all visible parts of the vessel as presented for survey, as well as her structure, equipment, machinery and systems installed onboard, effectively ensuring that a vessel is safe and effective for its intended operation.
A pre-purchase survey is generally requested by a prospective buyer and is focused on areas where defects are likely to be present and may considerably reduce the value of the vessel and eventually require extensive investment to correct.
The condition survey is typically followed up with a document review of class records, safey control plans, maintenance records, and other documentation which can be deemed of relevance, depending on the specific requirements laid out by the client and the purpose of the survey.
This procedure can be carried out in parallel with other types of assessment studies. This particular barge, for instance, was also subject to a towage approval survey in order to assess its suitability to be towed to an area where repairs and overhaul could be carried out.
Preliminary advice with a list of recommendations is gathered and produced at the end of the condition survey with a detailed list of observed deficiencies, if any, as well as guidelines to address the items in the punch list.
As part of a due diligence process prior to purchase of the power barge by a client, we arranged and took responsibility for a condition survey to assess the condition of the barge and its compliance with Class requirements (ABS Rules for Building and Classing Steel Barges).
The scope of work included a revision of documentation and a survey carried out at Keppel Batangas shipyard in Philippines with the collaboration of local marine surveyors who inspected machinery and systems, mooring arrangements, safety equipment, and carried out UT inspection of the hull as well as an underwater survey and galvanic protection verification, among others.