Project reference: Condition survey of a power barge compliant with ABS rules for steel barges.
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, safety 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. such as towage approval surveys in order to assess its suitability to be towed to an area where repairs and overhaul can 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.