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Common Marine Inspection Document

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The International Marine Contractors Association

Common Marine Inspection Document

Vessel name:

Date inspected:

IMCA M 149 Issue 4

March 2005

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The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is the international trade association representing offshore, marine and underwater engineering companies.

IMCA promotes improvements in quality, health, safety, environmental and technical standards through the publication of information notes, codes of practice and by other appropriate means.

Members are self-regulating through the adoption of IMCA guidelines as appropriate.  They commit to act as responsible members by following relevant guidelines and being willing to be audited against compliance with them by their clients.

There are two core activities that relate to all members:

u        Safety, Environment & Legislation

u        Training, Certification & Personnel Competence

The Association is organised through four distinct divisions, each covering a specific area of members’ interests: Diving, Marine, Offshore Survey, Remote Systems & ROV.

There are also four regional sections which facilitate work on issues affecting members in their local geographic area – Americas Deepwater, Asia-Pacific, Europe & Africa and Middle East & India.

IMCA M 149 Issue 4

This document supersedes all previous issues of the Common Marine Inspection Document (IMCA M 149), which is now withdrawn.

The information contained herein is given for guidance only and endeavours to
reflect best industry practice. For the avoidance of doubt no legal liability shall
attach to any guidance and/or recommendation and/or statement herein contained.


The purpose of the Common Marine Inspection Document (the ‘CMID’) is to reduce the number of audits carried out on individual marine vessels, together with the adoption of a common auditing standard for the offshore marine industry. This is achieved by sharing audit reports amongst IMCA and UKOOA members. If there is a requirement to audit a vessel, the company requesting the audit shall first ascertain the date when the last audit was conducted, using this format. If the audit is more than one year old then a new audit shall be conducted. A competent and independent third party should complete the audit.

UKOOA members do not waive their rights to inspect the vessel, but will take this inspection report into consideration when assessing the degree of further inspection required of the vessel (if any).

UKOOA members have accepted this document as the standard for vessel inspections and, as such, when requesting copies of recent inspections they will expect them to be in this format.

Copies of this Common Marine Inspection Document are available from IMCA and will also be made available on the Chamber of Shipping website ( and UKOOA website (, as well as a completed example document.

This document does not contain specialist sections for heavy lift vessels, well stimulation vessels, ploughing and trenching vessels, drilling rigs, semi-submersible or jack-up rigs. However, it may be used as a basis for inspecting any one of these types of vessels.

The inspector shall record the details of the management systems being used by the vessels. Such details should be recorded in Section 2 (Vessel Particulars). During the inspection, the inspector should note the details of any observed non‑conformance that indicate these systems are not being complied with.

Terminology Definitions


The person (or persons) inspecting the vessel.  The technical knowledge and experience of the person (or persons) performing the inspection shall be appropriate to the type of vessel under review.

Inspector competency

Qualifications Minimum Class 1 (deck or engine)

Experience Minimum 2 years seagoing experience in senior rank
Minimum 2 years experience on offshore vessels
Demonstrate recent experience of marine auditing

Knowledge Current maritime legislation
Vessel type being inspected
Technological advances in vessel/equipment

International voyage

A voyage from a country to a port or place outside such country or the converse.


The word ‘operator’ has been used throughout this document as meaning either the company, operator or manager responsible for the vessel.


AHV Anchor handling vessel

CA Certifying authority

COLREGS Collision Regulations

CoS Chamber of Shipping

COSHH Control of Substances Hazardous to Health

COSWP Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seamen

CSO Company security officer

DC Daughter craft

DESIGN Diving Equipment System Inspection Guidance Notes

DOC Document of compliance

DP Dynamic positioning

DPA Designated person ashore

DSE Display screen equipment

EPIRB Emergency position-indicating radio beacon

ERP Emergency response plan

FMEA Failure modes and effects analysis

FRC Fast rescue craft

GMDSS Global Maritime Distress and Safety System

HAV Hand arm vibration

HLO Helideck landing officer

HP High pressure

HRL Hyperbaric rescue lifeboat

HSE UK Health & Safety Executive

IAGC International Association of Geophysical Contractors

ICS International Chamber of Shipping

IMCA International Marine Contractors Association

IMDG International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code

IMO International Maritime Organization

IOPP International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate

ISM International Safety Management

ISPS International Ship & Port Facility Security Code

LR Lloyds Register

LSA Life saving appliance

MARPOL Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Oil Pollution) Regulations

MCA Maritime & Coastguard Agency

MERSAR Merchant Search and Rescue

MOB Man overboard boat

OPITO Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organisation

OWS Oily water separator

PFEER Prevention of Fire and Emergency Escape Regulations

POB Personnel on board

PPE Personal protective equipment

PSO Port security officer

PTW Permit to work

RDF Radio direction finding

ROV Remotely operated vehicle

SART Search and rescue transponder

SBV Standby vessel

SMS Safety management system

SOLAS International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea

SSO Ship security officer

SOPEP Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Response Plan

STCW International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers

SWL Safe working load

UKOOA UK Offshore Operators Association

UMS Unattended machinery space

Inspection Process

The inspection must be planned and undertaken in liaison with the operator to maximise the use of resources, while creating the least disruption to ongoing activities. Sufficient flexibility shall be built into the programme to reflect changing operational demands. To this end, the inspector and operator shall discuss in advance:

the timing and programme (opening meeting, scope of inspection and closing meeting);

approximate duration and format of the inspection;

the personnel to be made available;

vessel’s documentation requiring to be viewed (including previous inspection reports where available);

if in doubt, the inspector may ask for the equipment in question to be operated.

The inspector should satisfy him/herself that, through the auditing process, shore-based management have demonstrated a satisfactory commitment to the vessel’s health, safety and environmental issues. This can be achieved through observation and conversation with the vessel’s crew with matters relevant to them.

Throughout the inspection, the inspector, where possible and appropriate, should be accompanied by operator’s personnel familiar with the area being reviewed.

On conclusion, the inspector will provide the relevant operator’s personnel with a verbal briefing and a brief written summary of the result of the inspection, with recommendations. Findings, recommendations and observations shall be prioritised as follows:

High Including any breach of regulation, safety failure that poses a threat to the personnel or vessel for immediate action or proposed plan of action

for immediate action/before vessel sails or prior to commencement of project as applicable

Medium Including any safety failure which does not pose an immediate threat to personnel or vessel

to be completed within three months, with the exception of items that require major overhaul period e.g. dry‑docking.

Low Observation – any constructive suggestions for improvement

An inspection summary must be included, which provides an overall impression of the vessel and any other comments that may be useful to the reader of the report.

Inspection Summary

Inspector’s name

Master’s name

Surveyor’s comments:

Distribution List for Reports

A copy of the summary report, with recommendations, should be left on the vessel inspected.

A copy of the final report to be distributed as follows:


Vessel owner

Operator (if applicable)

Chapter 1      Previous Inspections

Does the vessel have onboard a copy of previous CMID reports?

Yes / No


Inspector shall review previous reports and verify that appropriate corrective action has been taken on any findings/observations. Actions not closed-out are to be carried forward to this report under the original date.

Chapter 2      Vessel Particulars

Requested Information

Name of vessel

IMO number

Type of vessel
(include detail of any special features)

Previous name(s)

Date of inspection

Port of inspection

Name of inspector

Name of master

Vessel operation at time of inspection
(e.g. mobilising, loading, discharging, bunkering, repairs or idle)

Vessel operator:






Date current vessel operator assumed responsibility for vessel

(if the vessel has changed flag within the past 6 months, report date of change and previous flag in ‘Additional comments’)

Port of registry

Classification society (if vessel has changed class within the past 6 months, report date of change and previous classification society, in’ Additional Comments’)

Class ID number

Additional comments (include any additional specialised equipment vessel has onboard)

Chapter 3      Certification and Documentation

Statutory certificates should be valid and in date. They shall be either written in English or have English translations to accompany each certificate.

Is the vessel free of outstanding conditions of class (note any memoranda)?

Yes / No


Give number of conditions of class outstanding and detail any safety related items.

Are all statutory certificates valid?

Yes / No


The certificates and documentation listed below shall be checked and verified as in date. Note any certificates due to expire during the period of charter, contract or hire, or close to expiry date;

Safety Equipment Certificate, valid for a period not exceeding two years, subject to annual inspection;

Safety Radio Certificate, valid for a period not exceeding one year;

Safety Construction Certificate, valid for a period not exceeding five years subject to intermediate survey (state in comments section if a vessel has an exemption);

Loadline Certificate, valid for a period not exceeding five years subject to periodical surveys;

IOPP Certificate valid for a period not exceeding five years subject to intermediate survey;

See Appendix 1 for a complete list of certificates and documentation that should be onboard, depending on vessel type.

Does the vessel have an ISM Safety Management Certificate?

Yes / No


What programme is in place to ensure regulatory compliance? Add details in comments section on progress being made towards implementation;

Review internal audits. Check to see if corrective action has been effective.

Does the vessel have current health, safety and environmental policies?

Yes / No


The inspector should satisfy him/herself that the policies onboard are signed by an appropriate level of management and prominently displayed;

Workforce/marine crew should be aware of current health, safety and environmental policies.

Does the vessel maintain an indexed library of procedures and publications?

Yes / No


Review documents carried to ensure all correct documents, including consolidated publications, are available;

The inspector shall satisfy him/herself that the latest editions of the following publications are onboard:

operator’s procedures or equivalent;

IMO Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS 1974);

IMO International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL 73/78);

IMO Ships Routeing;

IMO International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS);

IMO International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978 as amended;

Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seamen, if UK registered vessel;

Search and Rescue Manual (MERSAR);

SOLAS Training Manual;

UKOOA Guidelines for the Safe Management and Operation of Offshore Support Vessels;

UKOOA Guidelines for the Safe Packing and Handling of Cargo to and from Offshore Installations;

ISM Code 2003;

ISPS Code 2002.

Is the chain register/lifting appliance register up to date?

Yes / No


Cranes, derricks etc., require, as a minimum, a five-yearly test and annual inspection;

Test certificates shall be onboard for all items of lifting equipment including chain blocks, strops, ropes, shackles (NB: may have a batch certificate for small shackles);

If a colour-coding system is in place, check that it is being adhered to, i.e. no evidence of wrong colour/non-coded slings in use, that non-coded/wrong colour slings are segregated and access to same denied;

Cranes, derricks, pad eyes etc., must be clearly marked with their SWL;

Crane overload alarms and trips must be operating correctly.

Does the vessel have a certified cargo securing manual?

Yes / No


Manual certified by appropriate authority;

Note any corrections to manual.

Are oil record book(s) completed and up to date?

Yes / No


Detail any pollution incidents or violations;

If any pollution incidents have occurred in the last twelve months, note how they were closed out, and what preventative measures were put in place.

Are systems in place for reporting defects to the operator?

Yes / No


Note type of system in use;

System shall ensure that all defects are remedied in a timely manner;

System shall include provision for feedback from the vessel’s shore management;

Note any defects outstanding due to spare parts unavailability;

Note designated person ashore (DPA).

Appendix 1 Guidance for certification required on board vessel (as at date of publication)



International Tonnage Certificate (1969)

Tonnage Convention art. 7

International Load Line Certificate

Load Line Convention art. 16

International Load Line Certificate Exemption

Load Line Convention art. 16

Intact Stability Booklet

SOLAS 1974 reg II-1/22

Damage control booklets

SOLAS 1974 reg II-1/23

Minimum Safe Manning Document

SOLAS 1974 (1989 amdts.) reg. V/14

Certificates for master, officers and ratings

STCW 1978 art VI reg 1/2

Cargo securing manual

SOLAS 1974 reg VI/5, VII/6

International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate

MARPOL 73/78 Annex I, reg. 5

Cargo Ship Safety Construction Certificate

SOLAS 1974, reg. I/12, as amended by the GMDSS amdts.

Cargo Ship Safety Equipment Certificate

SOLAS 1974, reg. I/12, as amended by the GMDSS amdts.

Cargo Ship Safety Radio Certificate

SOLAS 1974, reg. I/12, as amended by the GMDSS amdts.

Cargo Ship Safety Radio Exemption Certificate

SOLAS 1974, reg. I/12,

Offshore support vessel Certificate of Fitness (for hazardous and noxious liquids); or
International Pollution Prevention Certificate for the Carriage of Noxious Liquid Substances in Bulk (INLS Certificate)

MARPOL 73/78 Annex II reg. 13(4)

MARPOL 73/78 Annex II, regs. 12 and 12a

Document of Compliance with the special requirements for ships carrying Dangerous Goods

SOLAS 1974, reg. II-2/19.4

Dangerous Goods Manifest or Stowage plan

SOLAS 1974, reg. VII/4(5); MARPOL 73/78 Annex III, reg. 4

Garbage management plan and garbage record book

MARPOL 73/78 Annex V reg.9

Diving Systems Safety Certificate

Resolution A.536(13), section 1.6

Dynamically Supported Craft Construction and Equipment Certificate

Resolution A.373(X), section 1.6

Oil Record Book

MARPOL 73/78 Annex I, reg. 20

Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan

MARPOL 73/78 Annex I, reg. 26

Safety Management Certificate

ISM Code, Clause 13.7

Document of Compliance (copy)

ISM Code, Clause 13.6

Noise Survey Report

Resolution A.468(XII), section 4.3

Continuous Synopsis Record

SOLAS XI-1 reg.5 & ISPS Code

International Ship Security Certificate (copy)

SOLAS XI-2 reg. 9 & ISPS Code

Ship Security Plan (not for examination – content secure to vessel)

SOLAS XI-2 reg.4 & ISPS Code A9

Chapter 4      Crew Management

The inspector must check whether all officers possess valid certificates/licences appropriate to their rank. The inspector shall note how officers and crew work together as a team. Co-operation and communication between officers and crew shall be evaluated. All parties should share a common goal to operate the vessel safely and efficiently. The provisions of STCW in respect of qualifications and competency must be met.

Qualification of officers


Note senior officer certificates and review others on a sample basis;

Note actual number of crew and compare with safe manning certificate;

If more than two nationalities of officers/crew are employed then this shall be noted;

If not employed by the operator, then the inspector shall note details of crewing agency or agencies used;

If the master has been promoted within the last 12 months, describe in the comments section how the master obtained his/her ship handling experience for this class of vessel. Did the master serve as chief officer on this vessel or sister vessel? Did the master attend a ship-handling course that could simulate the manoeuvring characteristics of the class of vessel? If neither of these, how did the master obtain ship-handling experience?

If vessel is intended to provide 24-hour operations, check on ship handling experience of chief officer;

Comment if the operator has a competency assessment procedure;

Certificates should be in the official language of the issuing country. If the language used is not English, the text should include a translation into that language;

How are GMDSS requirements met?

For SBV only - master and at least one other crew member shall be familiar with aeronautical distress procedure. All SBV deck watchkeeping officers shall have an aeronautical certificate/endorsement;

Note what provision has been made to provide crew with medical and first aid training.

Qualifications of crew


Note deck and engine room qualifications;

Note specialist qualifications, e.g. crane driver, FRC coxswain, etc.;

Note any apparent lack of experience relevant to task required (either individually or overall);

Note number of crew (ratings) holding watchkeeping certificates;

Comment on officers and crews ability to communicate in a common language;

Operator shall have policy to control hours worked and to minimise fatigue.

Does the vessel have an International Ship Security Certificate?

Yes / No


Who is the ship’s security officer?

Does the security officer have a clear understanding of his duties?

Undertake regular security inspections of the vessel;

Manage the implementation of the plan and as it is amended;

Co-ordinate the security aspects of cargo handling;

Propose modifications of the vessel’s plan;

Report deficiencies and non-conformances;

Enhance security awareness on board;

Report all security incidents;

Co-ordinate with the port and company security officers (PSOs and CSOs);

Ensure security equipment is properly operated and maintained;

Have the procedures for the auditing of security activities been followed?

Has the required programme of training, drills and exercises been completed

Are the security measures for access to the vessel enforced?

Are arrangements in hand to ensure efficient communication between all persons on the vessel and third parties?

Yes / No


Where a common language is not spoken by all, arrangements shall be made to ensure that orders and information can be transferred efficiently and without ambiguity, e.g. provision of a liaison master;

Signs and warning notices to be in language(s) understood by all.

Does the operator have an effective drug and alcohol policy?

Yes / No


Establish how the operation of the policy is monitored.

Chapter 5      Bridge, Navigation and Communications Equipment

The existence of established bridge organisation and passage planning procedures, and the professional application of ship handling and navigational practices in compliance with international regulations, shall be checked. Enquiry shall be made as to whether bridge manuals or navigation procedures exist and include general information and requirements on navigation, bridge organisation, watchkeeping, equipment, pilotage and port arrival and departure procedures. Navigation equipment shall be in operational condition.

Is the vessel provided with operator policy statements, instructions and procedures with regard to safe navigation?

Yes / No


Review the policies and procedures to ascertain if the duties of the watch standing officers are clearly defined. A copy of the policies and procedures shall be on the bridge;

Vessel manoeuvring characteristics must be displayed on the bridge;

Are auto, manual and emergency steering changeover procedures displayed?

Is the deck logbook fully maintained in ink, both at sea and in port?

Yes / No


Logbooks and movement books shall be checked to ensure that rough logs in pencil are not being maintained and that the logbooks are up to date, with entries properly made in ink.

Does the vessel have written procedures for entry into a 500-metre zone?

Yes / No


Procedure shall detail what tests are conducted prior to entry;

A checklist shall be in use to assist the conduct and recording of tests;

Results of tests shall be reported to the appropriate installation.

Are standing order and master's night order books used effectively?

Yes / No


Standing order and master's night order book shall be checked to ascertain that all officers are certain as to their responsibilities; whether standing orders issued by the operator are endorsed by the master and signed by all deck officers, and whether the master's specific instructions are supplemented by instructions contained in the night order book pertaining to situations to be encountered.

Is the navigation equipment, as fitted, appropriate for the size and type of vessel and in good working order? (A list of equipment forms is set out in Appendix 2 at the end of this section)

Yes / No


Note any deficiencies in manuals for the equipment.

Has a system been established to ensure that nautical publications, charts and information are both onboard and current?

Yes / No


Ensure that charts in use have been corrected in accordance with the latest notices to mariners received and that all publications used are up to date;

Charts in use to be appropriate for the port;

Charts to be provided for ports of refuge;

Light lists, tide tables, pilot books, nautical almanac, charts catalogue and ship's routeing to be the current editions;

Latest notices to mariners to be onboard and dated within previous two months;

A copy of the International Code of Signals should be onboard;

Note the system of passage planning in use.

Is a comprehensive passage plan available for the current voyage and does it cover the full voyage from berth to berth?

Yes / No


Note how the passage plan is produced and whether this is manually or by computer;

Passage plan is to be prepared by an appropriate officer and verified by master;

Passage plan information shall be readily available for watchkeepers’ use;

Passage plan to include details of pilotage and embarking/disembarking of pilot;

Courses to be laid on to charts by an appropriate officer;

Pre-arrival and pre-departure checklists should be completed;

Actual position fixing to be in accordance with passage plan;

During pilotage, position fixing to be carried out at frequent intervals.

Is gyro and magnetic compass error log maintained and up to date?

Yes / No


Evidence should be available to show that periodic checks of navigational equipment are made at sea;

Deviation curve(s) to be displayed.

Are navigation warnings and weather forecasts available?

Yes / No


Note source, i.e. Navtex, weather facsimile, or others.

Is radio and communications equipment in good order?

Yes / No


Lists of radio signals to be the latest edition and corrected to date;

Operating instructions for emergency transmitter/autokey to be clearly displayed;

EPIRB and SARTs to be regularly tested and their locations clearly marked;

Survival craft portable VHF radios to be in good working order and charged ready for use;

Emergency batteries to be in good working order, fully charged and their condition and testing logged;

Handbook for GMDSS operations to be available.

Is a satisfactory maintenance programme for radio and electronic equipment in place?

Yes / No


Outline the maintenance programme followed e.g., onboard maintenance by competent person or by maintenance contract, etc.

Are radio logs maintained correctly?

Yes / No


Appendix 2

The equipment listed below should be checked as fitted (if required) and in good operating condition.

Magnetic compass

A standard magnetic compass shall be fitted for ships of 150 GRT or more (unless exempted by vessel’s Administration). A spare magnetic compass, interchangeable with the standard magnetic compass shall be carried unless a steering compass or gyro compass is fitted.

Gyro compass and repeaters

A gyro compass shall be fitted to ships of 500 GRT or more, constructed on or after 1 September, 1984 and in addition ships of 1600 GRT shall be provided with a gyro repeater or gyro repeaters suitably placed for taking bearings as nearly as practicable over the arc of the horizon of 360 degrees.


A radar shall be installed on ships of 500 GRT or more constructed on or after 1 September 1984.  Ships of 10,000 GRT or more shall be fitted with 2 radars (one of which shall have ARPA fitted).

Radar plotting equipment

Radar plotting equipment shall be provided at the navigation bridge of ships fitted with radars.

Echo sounders

When engaged on international voyages, ships of 500 GRT or more constructed on or after 25 May 1980 and ships of 1,600 GRT or more constructed before 25 May 1980 shall be fitted with an echo sounder.

Speed and distance indicators

Speed and distance indicator shall be fitted on ships of 500 GRT or more constructed on or after 1 September 1984 and engaged on international voyages.

Rudder angle, RPM, variable pitch and bow thruster indicators

Rudder angle indicator and propeller RPM indicators shall be fitted on ships of 500 GRT or more constructed on or after 1 September 1984 and engaged on international voyages.  Pitch and operational mode indicators shall be fitted for vessels fitted with variable pitch propellers or lateral thrust propellers.

R/T or GMDSS equipment

State in comments section radio classification of vessel. If GMDSS, are officers properly certified.

Signal lamps (Aldis)

Batteries charged and ready for use.

VHF radio

VHF with internationally agreed channels. Notice on proper procedures shall be displayed.


In use, stations selected for area of operation. Action taken on any relevant messages.


Automatic identification system shall be fitted to all vessels of 500+ GT.

Chapter 6      Safety Management

Inspectors shall try to ascertain whether or not safe operating practices and procedures are being observed onboard the vessel and if the officers are familiar with the requirements of SOLAS, MARPOL and recommendations made in the Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seamen. Inspectors shall establish whether properly prepared operational plans are in place, and vessel personnel are demonstrating evidence of being adequately trained.

Are the basic elements of safety management demonstrated onboard?

Yes / No


Key personnel to understand the safety management system;

A safety officer shall be appointed;

Smoking regulations to be in place and complied with;

Sufficient crew to be onboard at time of inspection to handle emergency situations;

Fire control plan exhibited within the accommodation and available externally;

Safety signs and other important information to be prominently displayed;

Personal protective equipment such as safety harnesses, boiler suits, safety footwear, eye and ear protection, etc., to be provided and in use;

Safety meetings - note the stated frequency of and verify by reference to the minutes;

All loose gear on and below deck to be safely secured.

Is the workforce/marine crew fully involved in safety management?

Yes / No


Look for evidence demonstrating active workforce/marine crew involvement. Comment on the degree of participation in addressing the issues and the management responses:

Is the vessel’s crew involved in the closing out of issues?

Identify who actually attends the safety meetings and note how often are they held.

Do the notice boards identify the safety representatives?

Is safety a high priority item?

Are all personnel joining the vessel given a safety induction?

Yes / No


Are adequate arrangements in place for briefing/managing the safety of visitors?

Responsible person shall be nominated to give tours;

Have personnel received formal training in the PTW system?

Are safety rules prominently displayed? Have you been advised of any emergency procedures or onboard key processes? Have any senior personnel briefed you?

Is risk assessment training provided?

Verify that sub-contractors are inducted in safety, permits to work and other onboard systems.

Does the vessel have a system for recording incidents, accidents and near misses?

Yes / No


Note if there is high level of incidents and record any of significance;

Ensure there is an effective investigation process in place;

Check to ensure that lessons learnt have been implemented;

Is reporting of near misses encouraged?

Are near misses treated as rigorously as accidents?

Are the levels of near misses consistent with the number of incidents (near misses greater than incidents)?

Who normally conducts the incident investigations and what training have they received?

Look for evidence of the monitoring of trend analysis and follow up processes;

Are results of analysis communicated to all workforce/marine crew and prevention programmes developed?

Accident/incident reporting


Note latest statistics;

What criteria are used to measure accident, incidents, injuries and near-misses?

Review recent accident/incident or near-miss reports and verify satisfactory closeout;

Is there evidence of a system that identifies root cause during accident investigation?

How was it investigated, what were the root causes and what was done to eliminate them?

How were the results and findings promulgated both within and outside the company?

Are environmental issues included in the reporting system?

In the event of collision, grounding, fire, explosion, gas or toxic vapour release, are adequate written emergency procedures in place?

Yes / No


Assess familiarity of officers and crew with the procedures.

Does the vessel conduct risk assessments?

Yes / No


View recent risk assessments, comment if they are generic and/or task based. Is the workforce/marine crew familiar with them?

Would the workforce/marine crew reassess the risk assessment if the job changed as they found more items needed work?

Ask workforce/marine crew what input they have to the process and whether they value it;

Is there a process for review of new tasks?

Is risk assessment training provided?

If possible, view the risk assessment for an operation presently underway. Comment if vessel has no procedure or processes in place for conducting risk assessment;

Recognition of change – comment if the system of risk assessment permits this and promotes reaction to it;

Perform random spot-checks to determine if risk assessments have identified hazards and appropriate action has been taken;

Check if a system of pre-task safety meetings/toolbox talks is in place;

How are workplace health risks, from operations and products, to both employees and contractors controlled?

Are assessments conducted for COSHH, DSE, radiation, noise, manual handling, HAV?

Does the vessel operate a permit to work system?

Yes / No


Describe the various areas covered by permits. An effective PTW covers the hazards and mitigating measures/precautions;

How are risk assessments linked to the permit system?

Are isolations identified on a separate permit or certificate?

Are permits audited?

Have personnel received formal training in the PTW system?

Does the permit system appear to be effective? Is it used and understood?

All personnel entering enclosed space named on PTW?

Are enclosed space entry permit procedures identified and complied with?

Yes / No


Entry permit system to be in use (to include testing of atmosphere for oxygen and toxic gases) with records available for inspection;

Atmosphere measuring instrumentation should be calibrated;

All records to be fully completed and signed off when work completed;

Enclosed spaces to be adequately ventilated during entry;

Vent fans to be available and be operated in extraction mode when in use;

A suitable stretcher shall be available for use.

Are specific procedures used for hot work?

Yes / No


Hot work permit system to be in use and have records available for inspection;

All records to be fully completed and signed off when work completed;

Welding equipment to be in good condition and written safety guidelines available;

Vessel to be fitted with fixed piping from remote gas bottles to operating position. Are flashback arrestors fitted?

Spare gas and oxygen bottles to be stored apart in dedicated storage lockers that are clearly marked and in a well-ventilated position outside accommodation and engine room.

Is there an asbestos management system?

Yes / No / Not Applicable


If yes, warning signs shall be posted and an asbestos log maintained;

Check for awareness of the appropriate legislation in respect of asbestos onboard.

Are procedures for stowage and handling of chemicals adequate?

Yes / No


Copies of material safety data sheets shall be at storage location;

Personnel safety equipment shall be available and location clearly defined;

Risk assessment to have been conducted;

Warning notices shall be displayed;

Secure stowage shall be provided;

Chemicals should be stowed away from ropes or other materials that might be contaminated;

Chemicals that may react with each other shall be segregated.

Chapter 7      Pollution Prevention

The inspector shall establish whether emergency response drills and exercises are scheduled on a regular basis to determine that the pollution prevention plan is up to date and efficient.

Describe the last SOPEP drill



Drills to be held annually;

Describe the last plan, who was involved, etc.;

Check for last planned review of SOPEP.

Are there adequate arrangements to prevent any oil spill entering the water?

Yes / No


Is crew awareness satisfactory? Ask crew about drills and equipment, etc.;

Is there a bunkering procedure?

Anti-pollution warning notices to be posted;

Unused bunker pipeline manifolds, drains and vents and unused gauge stems to be suitably blanked or capped;

Suitable containment should be fitted around hydraulic deck machinery;

During fuel transfer operations, scuppers are to be plugged or dammed;

Bilge overboard valves to be suitably marked – specific warning notices to be posted to safeguard against the accidental opening of bilge overboard discharge valves. Valves should be lashed and sealed;

Inspector should satisfy him/herself both visually and from onboard records for any bulkhead valves, pipelines, hydraulic or thrusters seal leakages;

Check as far as is possible and request information from vessel master;

Comment on evidence of any leaks noticed during inspection.

Is the oily water separator control system and engine room bilge oily water separator/filtering system in good working order?

Yes / No


Check how efficient functioning of the OWS system is confirmed.

Does the vessel have a waste/garbage management plan?

Yes / No


Vessel to have waste/garbage record book, completed and up to date;

Garbage management plan to be onboard and enforced. Plan shall detail procedures for collecting, storing, processing and disposing of garbage.

Does the vessel have a ballast water management plan?

Yes / No


Chapter 8      Structural Condition

The inspector shall review the vessel's survey report file or similar documentation to ensure that surveys have been conducted within time limits, appropriate action has been taken where necessary, and the structural condition of the vessel is such that it is safe to conduct its required role.

Is a survey report file maintained onboard?

Yes / No


Is the following documentation available onboard? Information contained should include:

previous repair history;

inspections by vessel personnel of structural deterioration and leakages detected in bulkheads and pipes;

condition of coatings and/or corrosion prevention systems;

a summary of the results of the tank coating surveys, including date conducted and tanks inspected. Any deficiencies or areas of substantial corrosion shall be recorded;

Note any areas identified in the survey reports as causing concern.

Is there an approved stability book?

Yes / No


Is the vessel free of any inherent intact stability problems?

Approved stability book shall be available;

The officer in charge of ballast transfer operations shall understand the number of tanks that may be slack for vessel to remain stable;

Determine if the officer in charge can establish stability conditions without extensive calculations;

Records to be kept of previous loading conditions and stability calculations.

Chapter 9      Life Saving Appliances

Are all lifeboats in good order?

Yes / No / Not Applicable


Lifeboats shall be ready for immediate use. Internally they shall be clean, dry and tidy;

Lifeboats shall have been lowered within the last three months;

All small equipment shall be secured and stored in lockers or watertight containers as appropriate;

Large equipment shall be suitably secured;

All equipment shall be readily accessible, including medicines not stowed on boat;

Contents of lockers shall be clearly identified;

Communications equipment, where fitted, shall be operable;

Engines and electrical equipment shall be tested;

Perform a random check to ensure that food and water, and pyrotechnics are in date;

Lowering equipment and associated items shall be in good order;

Lifeboat operating instructions shall be prominently displayed.

Is the man overboard boat, where fitted, in good order?

Yes / No / Not Applicable


Crew shall have received onboard training in MOB use and hazards to SOLAS requirements (nb special arrangements apply for FRC crew on SBV);

Personal protective equipment to be provided for all MOB crew including head protection;

Check condition of spare fuel storage cans/tanks and suitability of storage location;

Launching apparatus to be in good condition;

Communications equipment to be operable;

Drills to be held at regular intervals.

Are all life rafts in good order?

Yes / No


Life raft shall have a valid inspection certificate;

Casings shall be in good condition;

Life rafts shall be stowed in such a position that they can be easily and successfully launched;

Painter length shall be appropriate for the height of stowage;

Boarding ladders to be in good condition (check for missing steps, rope deterioration and lashings);

Hydrostatic releases, if fitted, shall be correctly attached, in good condition and in date;

Life raft operating instructions shall be prominently displayed;

Davit launch life rafts to have been exercised every 6 months.

Are all other lifesaving appliances in good order?

Yes / No


Muster lists to be displayed and corrected to date;

Muster points to be clearly identified;

Radar transponders to be fitted one to each side of the vessel and stowed to permit rapid use in survival craft. Check they are in date;

EPIRB shall be stowed such that it will float free on release. Battery shall be in date;

Life buoys, life buoy lights, self activating smoke floats and quick release mechanisms to be in good order, in date and functional;

Life jacket donning instruction notices to be posted on each deck;

Life jackets and survival suits to be in good condition. Conduct checks on random sample to ensure associated equipment is functional. Confirm life jackets and survival suits are stowed in the locations detailed on LSA plan;

Pyrotechnics, including line-throwing apparatus shall be in date and in good condition;

Comment if oxygen resuscitation equipment is available;

Suitable stretcher for marine use is to be available;

First aid packs to be ready for use.

Are emergency drills held in accordance with SOLAS requirements?

Yes / No


Drills to be held at intervals according to the vessel’s SMS. Comment if not held at least every other week;

Last abandon ship drill, last fire drill.

Are the LSA/fire plans up to date and reflect any changes/additions to equipment?

Yes / No


Note last updating of plans.

Chapter 10          Fire Fighting

Is fire fighting equipment in good order?

Yes / No


Inspection records and inventory lists to be maintained and kept up to date;

Fire mains, pumps, hoses and nozzles to be in good order and available for immediate use. Conduct physical inspection of a random number of hoses;

Emergency fire pump to be fully operational. Starting instructions shall be clearly displayed;

Operating instructions for fixed systems to be clearly displayed;

Crew shall be familiar with operation of fixed systems;

Isolating valves in fire/foam system lines to be clearly marked and operational;

Portable fire extinguishers to be in apparent good order with operating instructions clearly marked;

Firemen's outfits including breathing apparatus to be in good condition and ready for immediate use;

Breathing apparatus sets to be ready for immediate use with fully charged air bottles;

Sufficient fully charged spare air bottles shall be available;

International ship/shore fire connection to be readily available and its location clearly marked;

Engine room fixed fire-extinguishing system to appear in good condition;

Any other fixed fire extinguishing system to appear in good condition, e.g. external monitors.

Are vessel personnel familiar with the operation of fire fighting, life saving and other emergency equipment?

Yes / No


Relevant vessel personnel to be familiar with the following:

donning and use of breathing apparatus;

launching of life rafts and donning of survival suits;

location and operation of ventilation fans emergency stops;

location and operation of ventilation isolation dampers;

operation of main and emergency fire pumps;

operation of fixed fire fighting systems;

emergency fuel shut-off system;

operation of emergency steering gear;

evacuation escape routes.

Are fixed fire detection and alarm systems fully operational and tested regularly?

Yes / No / Not Applicable


Establish operational condition of fire detection and alarm systems throughout vessel;

If a system to monitor flammable atmospheres in non-cargo spaces is fitted, are recorders, alarms and manufacturers test procedures in order?

The inspector shall comment if portable monitoring equipment is used, detailing the system of periodic sampling and record keeping.

Are measures in place to effectively isolate ventilation to enclosed spaces, i.e. engine room, accommodation, galley, storerooms, etc.?

Yes / No


Vent fan stops shall be operational (spot check) and clearly marked;

Closing devices to have a maintenance and testing programme in place.

Chapter 11          Mooring

The inspector shall confirm that the deck officers have a good understanding of safe mooring practice and its application under varying local conditions.

Are mooring practices appropriate for the size of vessel?

Yes / No


Sufficient mooring ropes deployed;

Mooring lines flaked out neatly to minimise tripping hazard;

Mooring lines turned up correctly on bitts;

Mooring lines secured to bitts and not to drum ends;

Mooring lines correctly spooled on drums, i.e. pulling against fixed pin of brake;

Spare mooring ropes available;

Vessel securely moored at berth with appropriate moorings for anticipated conditions;

Adequate amount of mooring ropes available and suitable for specified operations;

Moorings to be tended regularly, especially at berths where there is a large tidal difference.

Is all mooring equipment in good condition?

Yes / No


The inspector shall assess the conditions of all mooring equipment, brakes, wires and lines. Note the date when brake bands were last renewed and whether a policy is in place for testing brakes;

Mooring ropes to be in good condition;

Fairleads, rollers, bitts and chocks to be in satisfactory condition;

Deadmen and roller fairleads shall be well greased and free to turn with little evidence of grooving;

Brake linings and pins shall appear to be in good condition;

Winch seatings and connections to deck shall be sound.

Are anchors, cables and securing arrangements in good condition?

Yes / No


Anchor chain stoppers to be in good condition and effective;

Except while alongside (when the locking bar should be in place), anchors shall be cleared and ready for immediate use during port entry.

Is the vessel provided with a safe means of access?

Yes / No


Over-side accommodation ladders shall be in good condition and properly rigged;

Gangway to be provided in good condition and when in use, to be properly rigged with a safety net and a life buoy with lifeline placed near the gangway or accommodation ladder;

Pilot ladders to be in good condition and properly rigged. If not in use, ladders to be properly stowed to minimise damage.

Chapter 12          Machinery Spaces & Plant (including Ballast Systems)

Operator shall have established routine planned maintenance procedures and vessel personnel shall follow such procedures particularly in those areas that have a direct bearing on the safety of the vessel. The inspector shall verify routine planned maintenance procedures for propulsion and steering machinery and it's associated equipment. All equipment shall be maintained in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations, international regulations and the operator's directives. An inventory of spare parts shall be maintained onboard.

Are all items of main, auxiliary and emergency plant reported to be fully operational?

Yes / No


Record those items of machinery not operational, and why;

All fluid transfer and storage systems, e.g. hydraulic oil, oil fuel, cooling water and water supplied for domestic purposes, to be leak-free;

All valves and pipelines to be identified by tagging, colour coding or similar.

Is the planned maintenance programme being followed?

Yes / No


Note type of system in use. Comment if a large number of routines are outstanding;

Manufacturers manuals to be onboard and appropriate for the plant fitted;

All manufacturers manuals to be in a language understood by the engineering workforce.

Is the engine logbook fully maintained in ink, both at sea and in port?

Yes / No


Logbooks should be checked to ensure that rough logs in pencil are not being maintained and that the log books are up to date with entries properly made in ink.

Are hot surfaces free of any evidence of fuel, hydraulic or lub. oil impingement?

Yes / No


All lagging should be free from oil, grease or other flammable contaminants and maintained in good condition without exposed hot surfaces;

Check that potential sources of ignition in the vicinity of fuel, hydraulic and lubricating oil pipes are shielded against spray should a pipe or hose fracture.

Are main switchboard, generators and critical electrical equipment protected against water spray?

Yes / No


Risk due to water spray in the event of failure of sea water pipes including fire mains and hydrants shall be assessed. If main switchboard is not located in engine control room or other protective location, note in ‘comments’;

Main switchboard and generators to be protected against water spray;

Insulated decking/grating to front and rear of switchboards to be in place and in good condition;

Electric motors critical to the propulsion or steering of the vessel to be protected against water spray.

Is the bilge system operational?

Yes / No


Bilges should contain no more than traces of oil;

Pumps to be operational;

Bilge system normal discharge to be via OWS without bypass;

Emergency bilge suction should be clearly identified;

Bilge level alarms to be regularly tested and records maintained;

Records to be kept of routine bilge pumping (oil record book).

Are emergency electrical power supplies fully operational?

Yes / No


Emergency starting arrangements should be regularly tested and proved to be operational.

Instructions to be available to maintain/restore main plant in the event of emergency.

There should be records of equipment being regularly tested.

Emergency generator fuel tank to be fully charged.

Emergency generator should be tested regularly on load – last test?

Concise starting instructions for emergency generator are to be clearly displayed.

Emergency lighting batteries to be in satisfactory condition.

In the case of UMS vessels, are machinery alarms and engineer’s alarm systems regularly tested with results recorded?

Yes / No / Not Applicable


Duty cycles to be clearly defined;

UMS alarms should be relayed to duty engineer’s cabin and public spaces, e.g. mess room.

Are safe machinery space practices in place and complied with?

Yes / No


Engine room machine tools to have adequate eye protection measures in place;

Guards to be in place on exposed shafts/gears;

Emergency escape routes to be clearly marked, unobstructed and illuminated;

Engine room emergency stops/shut-offs to be clearly marked and regularly tested with tests recorded;

Engineer’s alarm to be operational and clearly audible within the crew accommodation;

Gauge glass closing devices on oil tanks to be of self-closing, fail-safe type;

Self closing devices on double bottom sounding pipes to be operational;

Is there a set of chief engineer's standing orders posted and countersigned?

Does the chief engineer maintain a night order book? If so, to be checked as providing instruction for situations likely to be encountered;

Watertight doors to be in full working order and operating/warning notices posted.

Is the steering gear/steering compartment in good order?

Yes / No


Emergency steering gear to have been tested quarterly and tests recorded – last test?

Instructions for the changeover of steering gear from remote to local operation should be clearly displayed in steering flat;

All deck and engineer officers to be familiar with operation of steering gear in normal and emergency modes;

All steering gear hydraulic reservoirs to be charged to normal operating levels;

Communications with the bridge to be satisfactory;

The rudder angle indicator is to be clearly visible at the auxiliary/emergency steering position;

Access to steering gear is to be unobstructed;

Suitable gratings and handrails to be fitted in steering gear compartment;

The steering gear save-all to be free of excessive spilt oil.

Are all machinery spaces clean and free from obvious leaks?

Yes / No


Comment on general condition of machinery spaces.

Is the necessary technical information available for safe and efficient handling of cargo and ballast?

Yes / No


Are transfer systems for cargo and ballast (including bulk cargo) and associated monitoring and control systems pumps fully operational?

Pipeline diagrams, mimic diagrams etc., to be available in engine control room;

Ballast operations are to be monitored and controlled to prevent tank overflow or over‑pressurisation;

Engineering drawings for vessel to be readily available onboard, legible and up to date.

Valves to be clearly identified.

Chapter 13          General Appearance & Condition (including Accommodation, Public Rooms & Galley)

The inspector shall check that each area is clean, painted, properly maintained and in good condition. Visual inspection shall include checking of plating, piping, fittings, support structures, ladders, catwalks, rails, etc. Equipment or fittings no longer active shall be noted.

What is the general hull condition?


Hull to be visibly free of extensive coating breakdown;

Hull to be free of fractures or indentations which may significantly weaken the structure or affect the watertight integrity;

Are all hull markings, namely vessel name, loadlines, draft marks and warning signs, correctly placed and legible?

What is the condition of the weather decks?


Inspection of weather decks shall include checking for any evidence of wastage, structural problems, collision contact or distortion from heavy weather on fore end of accommodation;

Deck lighting shall be adequate;

Securing arrangements of ends of anchor chains within chain lockers (bitter ends) to be unobstructed;

Chain locker doors to be firmly battened down;

Moorings and other equipment to be well stowed;

Forecastle space, lockers and holds to be free of water;

Manual sounding points shall be identified and easily opened and closed;

Any tank manifolds to be adequately secured;

Non-slip surfaces to be provided on external walkways;

Ladders and walkways to be in good condition.

Are all deck openings, including watertight doors and portholes, in good condition and capable of being properly secured?

Yes / No


Closing devices, packing material and locking arrangements shall be in satisfactory condition;

Bridge windows to be effectively sealed and where vulnerable to wave action, provided with shutters;

Are vents and air pipes on freeboard deck in good condition and fitted with closing devices to prevent ingress of water?

Closing devices, packing material and locking arrangements shall be in satisfactory condition.

Is the accommodation clean and tidy?

Yes / No


Alleyways to be free of obstructions and areas of low headroom to be properly marked;

All exits, including escape routes, to be clearly marked;

Fittings such as central radio and TV antennae, lights, emergency lighting, domestic piping isolation valves etc., to be identified and in apparent good physical condition;

Accommodation lighting to be satisfactory.

Are food storerooms, handling and refrigerated spaces, galleys, mess rooms and pantries clean and tidy?

Yes / No


Test personnel alarms for refrigerated spaces;

Gratings or duckboards, if fitted in storerooms and refrigerated spaces, to be in good condition;

Food storerooms and refrigerated spaces to be in a hygienic condition. Carry out random check of food stocks to ensure stock is being rotated and is not out of date;

Refrigerated spaces to be maintained at an appropriate temperature;

Galley extraction grills to be clean and free from grease;

Galley fire extinguishing systems to be in good order and catering workforce aware of locations and means of operation;

Crockery to be free from defects which may contain contamination;

Food preparation areas to be tidy and clean.

Is the hospital clean and tidy?

Yes / No / Not Applicable


Medical stores to be regularly checked;

Hospital to be ready for immediate use;

First aid kits to be readily available;

Hospital alarm in working order.

Chapter 14          Hazards - Slips, Trips and Falls

The inspector shall check for potential hazards to safe progress throughout the vessel and programmes to minimise or eliminate such.


Establish if statistics are available for accidents attributed to slips, trips or falls. Note any trends up or down;

All loose gear and equipment should be secured;

Note if a programme to detect and minimise hazards is in force;

Note if hazards that cannot be eliminated are clearly marked;

Note if hazards are apparent but ignored;

Note if personnel are wearing footwear inappropriate to their location;

Check for the following hazards:

unsecured, buckled or missing gratings or plates;

missing handrails or unguarded drops;

worn treads on ladders;

spillages of liquid left untreated;

showers without grabrails or non-slip deck surfaces.

Chapter 15          Supplements

Supplement 1 Dynamic Positioning (DP) Vessels

Supplement 2 Anchor Handling Vessels (AHVs)

Supplement 3 Offshore Supply Vessels (OSVs)

Supplement 4 Standby Vessels (SBVs)

Supplement 5 Seismic Vessels

Supplement 6 Diving Vessels

Supplement 7 Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs)

Supplement 8 Helicopters

Supplement 1 Dynamic Positioning (DP) Vessels

Inspector to comment on the adequacy and suitability of the following:

S1.1         DP class


Give a brief description of DP class.

S1.2         Has there been a DP trial?

Yes / No


Give date of last FMEA study for the DP system. It shall include subsequent modifications (if any);

Comment if proving trials have been performed to demonstrate that the FMEA is valid;

Give date of last annual DP trials;

Comment on any recommendations in the annual trial that have not been closed out;

Comment if the vessel has a programme for field arrival trials.

S1.3         Manning


Comment on number of qualified DP operators;

Appropriate log books to be available;

DP operators to have read and understood the FMEA and results of audits;

DP operators to be familiar with the vessel and equipment;

Comment on details of onboard DP training.

S1.4         Record keeping


Vessel to have a checklist for going into DP;

Regular status checklist to be completed whilst in DP;

DP log to be kept;

DP incident log to be kept;

Check for recorded incidents, subsequent required actions and note of closed-out actions.

S1.5         Equipment


Comment if DP equipment not functional, including reference systems, generators and thrusters;

Check condition of taut wire and associated equipment;

DP operations manuals to state responsibilities of DP operators, plus the procedures and manning requirements for each type of DP operation;

Maintenance records to be up to date;

Any software changes should have been thoroughly tested, comment if not documented.

Supplement 2 Anchor Handling Vessels (AHVs)

S2.1         Anchor handling operations


Is there a copy of the UKOOA/CoS publication Guidelines for the Safe Management and Operation of Offshore Support Vessels available?

Note experience of officers and crew in anchor handling operations;

Confirm vessel manning levels allow for safe anchor handling operations;

Confirm manning arrangements established to permit 24-hour operations. If not, state normal hours of operation;

Confirm provision and operation of communications equipment between deck and bridge (a back‑up system should be provided);

Confirm PPE is available to crew for all anticipated working conditions.

S2.2         Winches


Check certification and maintenance records;

Carry out visual inspection of condition;

Verify all operational;

Check guards fitted;

Remote operation controls fitted and operational;

Emergency stops fitted and operational;

Spooling gear fitted and in good order;

Confirm tension and scope meters fitted and working.

S2.3         Mechanical stoppers


Comment on number and sizes of Karm Fork inserts;

Check certification and maintenance records;

Carry out visual inspection of condition;

Verify correct operation of all mechanical stoppers.

S2.4         Towing and work wires


Check test certification;

Wires to be adequately lubricated;

Carry out visual inspection of top two layers of wire to gauge general condition of wire. Look for flattened areas, broken strands, heavy external corrosion, kinks and core/strand protrusion;

If inspection of top two layers provides evidence that wire condition is unsatisfactory, continue with examination until satisfied that overall condition has been established.

S2.5         Anchor handling deck


Check operation and condition of fixed/portable gog wires or other towing ancillaries;

Is deck area clearly visible from bridge control position?

Check condition of deck sheathing and comment on any significant damage or any that might pose a potential trip hazard;

Check barrier and guards for damage;

Confirm if there is provision for deck crew safety lines. Check condition;

Protected positions should be provided for crew working on stern;

Check there are securing points and that they are in good condition;

Adequate lighting should be provided to cover entire work area;

Inspect stern roller(s) for damage.

Supplement 3 Offshore Supply Vessels (OSVs)

S3.1         Cargo handling


Is there a copy of the UKOOA/CoS publication Guidelines for the Safe Management and Operation of Offshore Support Vessels available?

Operation of communications equipment between deck, bridge and platform/installation shall be satisfactory, with a back-up system;

PPE worn by crew to be appropriate to all working conditions;

Cargo plan shall identify all classes of cargo, including dangerous goods;

Cargo shall be loaded in accordance with loading plan;

Vessel shall have adequate procedures for handling dangerous goods i.e. PPE, data sheets;

Securing equipment shall be certified and in apparent good condition.

S3.2         Cargo deck area


Deck area shall be clearly visible from bridge control position;

Note significant damage to deck sheathing;

Ensure crash barriers and guards are effective;

Check personnel access to safe areas beyond crash barriers;

Safe areas shall not be obstructed by pipelines, hatches, etc.;

Securing points shall be provided and in good condition;

Lighting shall cover entire work area;

Check access to manifolds;

Check manifolds are blanked or capped;

Connections to be clearly marked/colour coded;

Visually inspect pipe work and confirm pipelines free of soft patches or other temporary repairs;

Check condition of tugger winch and run off sufficient wire to give an opinion on overall wire condition;

Check cargo deck perimeter for projections likely to snag cargo while being transferred.

S3.3         Tanks


Describe level of inspection of tanks that was possible;

Vessel shall have:

Procedures for regular analysis of fresh/potable water;

Procedures for regular analysis of fuel;

Main and back-up agitators/re-circulating system for the oil-based mud tanks;

Procedures for cleaning tanks to prevent contamination.

S3.4         Dry bulk system


Describe level of inspection of tanks that was possible;

Confirm vessel has:

tanks that are clean and dry;

internal fitting in good condition;

valves operational and maintained;

manhole seals in good condition;

tanks clearly identified and marked with safe working pressure;

tanks fitted with pressure gauges and relief valves;

safe access to tanks.

Supplement 4 Standby Vessels (SBVs)

S4.1         What is the group of the standby vessel?

‘A’ / ‘B’ / ‘C’


Group A SBV attend installations with POB significantly over 300;

Group B SBV attend installations with POB up to approximately 300 POB but are not required for low POB installations where Group C are permitted;

Group C SBV attend only installations where the POB is very small, i.e. up to about 20;

Group C SBV operate only in the southern North Sea and some sheltered inshore areas.

S4.2         Has the SBV been surveyed for compliance with the UKOOA publication ‘Guidelines for Survey of Vessels Standing By Offshore Installations’?

Yes / No


Copy of publication to be onboard;

Certificate of survey to be available and valid;

Certificate shall be in five-year format with annual endorsements (first and fifth year surveys exclusively by MCA, other years may be by classification societies noted in the guidelines);

Give details of any non-compliance of SBV noted at the last survey and outstanding at time of inspection;

Note any endorsements on the survey certificate.

S4.3         Is the SBV operating in accordance with the UKOOA publication ‘Guidelines for the Safe Management and Operation of Vessels Standing By Offshore Installations’?

Yes / No


Copy of publication to be onboard;

Vessel crew to be aware of contents;

Crew training certification to meet the requirements of the UKOOA Guidelines for the Safe Management and Operation of Vessels Standing By Offshore Installations (crew should carry own training summary records indicating they have passed OPITO-approved training courses).

S4.4         Are the survivor areas clean, tidy and ready for immediate use?

Yes / No


Decontamination area;

Survivor reception area;

Treatment area;

Recovery area (survivor bunks made-up ready for use);

Sanitary area – also check skin degreaser and soap available;

Instant soup or stew reserved for survivors’ use;

Concentrated fruit glucose cordials;

Supply of hot drinking water from boilers located in survivor spaces;

Containers/cups to be available.

S4.5         Are all means of recovering survivors in good order?

Yes / No


All crew to be provided with sufficient PPE appropriate to normal and emergency duties;

Personal protective equipment to be provided for all FRC crew, including head protection;

Safety harnesses for use in rescue zones shall have strops suitably sized;

Check condition of spare fuel storage cans (where used) and storage location;

Launching apparatus and deck cranes to be in good condition and regularly tested (cranes used for Dacon Scoop subject to COSWP Chap. 17 testing rules. FRC/DC davits are subject to 2.2SWL static tests);

Evidence should be available of regular drills both with the assigned installation and independently. These drills should test all equipment associated with survivor recovery in realistic scenarios.

S4.6         Are medical stores regularly checked?

Yes / No


Annual certificate of inspection of medical inventory by medical equipment supplier to be available;

Medical logbook available;

Records kept of monthly stores checks, system in place to prevent stocking of expired medicines.

S4.7         Are normal and emergency lighting systems for search, overside, deck and accommodation operational?

Yes / No


Deck lighting (main and 24 volt) to prove operational;

Searchlights operational with range and radius to meet guidelines standard;

Internal emergency lighting in survivors accommodation to prove satisfactory.

S4.8         Are rescue publications readily available?

Yes / No


UKOOA Guidelines for Management of Emergency Response for Offshore Installations;

HSE Handbook for Dealing with Offshore Emergencies;

SBV should be provided by client with extracts from safety case and installation ERP relevant to the operation of the vessel;

Operator’s instructions should be provided covering response of the SBV in an incident.

S4.9         Is the ongoing, onboard training programme being followed?

Yes / No


Evidence should be provided that the whole crew is following an onboard training course administered by an OPITO-approved training provider.

S4.10     Has the SBV been notified of the PFEER performance standards for the installation(s) she is supporting?

Yes / No


Copy of performance standards should be onboard.

Supplement 5 Seismic Vessels

S5.1         General


Inspector to comment on the adequacy and suitability of the following:

copy of IAGC Marine Geophysical Safety Manual onboard;

confirm operators of differing types of equipment are properly qualified and have undergone suitable training;

safety arrangements for working on stern area to include safety clothing, harness points and limits on working;

securing arrangements for survey equipment placed on aft deck;

communications between survey and marine crew to be in good order;

checks made on systems before deployment - are check lists in use?

is lifting equipment fit for intended load and any anticipated shock load - certified and regularly inspected?

are operator procedures available for recovery and deployment of equipment? These to include checks on weather, depth, obstructions, traffic and communications tests between deck, instrument room and bridge;

if lithium batteries are used, check that suitable fire extinguishing equipment is available for the particular product.

S5.2         Seismic cables


Confirm that fire procedures for seismic streamer reels include the following:

‘No Smoking’ signs near cable reels and oil storage tanks;

suitable extinguishing system, e.g. foam smothering;

procedures in the event of kerosene leak from seismic streamer reels.

Emergency procedures shall include:

means of severing cable to be provided at point of deployment;

for recovery of damaged streamer – possible hazards from lithium battery explosion.

S5.3         Air guns


Inspector to comment on the adequacy and suitability of the precautions when working with compressed air for the following:

first aid procedures for HP air injection;

HP air warning light and alarm operational and in use;

lockout/tagout procedure used to prevent accidental re-pressurisation of system when not in use;

permit to work to be used when overhauling machinery (sight recent permits);

air gun switches to be on deck and not remotely operated;

screen or cage should be around HP manifold in gun control cabinet;

eye wash station to be near operating position;

eye and ear protection to be worn when operating air guns;

air guns not to be operated in the vicinity of divers;

block valves either side of relief valves to be locked open.

Inspector to comment on precautions to prevent explosion:

piping free of oil, not to use hydrocarbon grease/oils in maintenance;

heat sources kept away from air lines;

lines secured at regular intervals and HP air lines not run in cable trays.

S5.4         Does the vessel have any through hull penetrations for survey equipment?

Yes / No


Determine type, number and location;

Are the installations class approved?

Are procedures available for raising and lowering of poles and is the operation covered by a PTW?

Does the PMS system cover the checking and maintenance of gate valves, top plate assembly, water tight doors, bilge alarms and suctions?

Supplement 6 Diving Vessels

Inspector to comment on the adequacy and suitability of the following:

S6.1         Last Health & Safety Executive (HSE)/certifying authority (CA) inspection reports


Give date of last inspection document, list outstanding actions and current close-out status.

S6.2         Diving Equipment System Inspection Guidance Notes (DESIGN) document completed within last 12 months for diving plant and equipment


Give date of last completion, list outstanding actions and current close-out status;

Design should be signed and dated by the person carrying out the inspection.

S6.3         Last time hyperbaric rescue lifeboat (HRL) was launched on primary and secondary launch systems


S6.4         Storage of oxygen and high O2 content gas quads


Storage location to be:

open, well ventilated and with warning signs posted;

fire fighting arrangements to be satisfactory.

S6.5         Certification and planned maintenance system package


Detail outstanding items.

Supplement 7 Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs)

Inspector to comment on the adequacy and suitability of the following:

S7.1         ROV work site


Protection rails fitted at deployment site;

Provision for working at height (inertia reels, etc.);

Provision of appropriate fire fighting apparatus.

S7.2         Lifting/ROV equipment


SWL marked on jib;

Load tests and non-destructive testing of critical components carried out;

Control levers marked;

“High pressure hydraulics” warning signs, where applicable, to be posted;

Rotating machinery covered/protected (winches, thruster, etc.);

Operating instructions to be provided for all ROV equipment;

ROV equipment service manuals to be available.

S7.3         Electrical installation


Electrical warning signs on appropriate cabinets;

Electrical technicians to be qualified for working on high voltage equipment;

Circuit breakers to vessel switchboard;

Hardwire communications to dive control and bridge if diving concurrently;

Safety locks to be available on ROV switch gear.

S7.4         Safety management


Formal risk assessments to be carried out for all generic tasks;

System to be in place to provide vessel with industry guidance notes;

Procedures to be in place for the management of chemicals/oils brought onboard by third parties – material safety data sheets to be available;

Certificate of employer’s liability available for third parties working on the vessel.

Supplement 8 Helicopters

Inspector to comment on the adequacy and suitability of the following:

S8.1         Manuals onboard


UKOOA Guidelines for the Management of Helicopter Deck Operations to be onboard;

ICS Guide to Helicopter/Ship Operations

Operator procedures for helicopter operations and winching.

S8.2         Helicopter deck to be certified to CAP 437 ‘Offshore Helicopter Landing Areas’ (a guide to criteria, recommended minimum standards and best practice)


State in comments section what the certification covers i.e. H1, H2, H3 (nb a vessel returning to the United Kingdom Continental Shelf from abroad, after a period of more than six months, must have the helicopter deck re-certified in accordance with CAP 437).

S8.3         Fire fighting equipment


Check condition of following:

dry powder and compressed gas extinguishers;

foam extinguishing systems. Has foam concentrate and mixing induction system been tested as satisfactory within the last 12 months?

total fire protection suit (sizes appropriate for personnel onboard), including breathing apparatus;

emergency equipment box with axe, bolt cutters, hacksaw, knives, etc.

S8.4         Deck crew allocated and trained


To include:

HLO, fireman, baggage handler, fire valve attendant and loaders (if required), training records to be onboard;

HLO and firemen trained to OPITO standards;

drills to be held for helicopter deck crew and records kept.

S8.5         Procedures for briefing passengers


To include:

who is in charge;

approach to helicopter;

correct clothing to be worn and securing of loose articles;

emergency procedures/exits;

video tapes/discs for varying types of helicopters to be onboard.

S8.6         Checks before helicopter arrival


To include:

deck and surrounds clear of loose article;

helideck net in good condition and correctly tensioned;

crane stowed and secured;

work boat and covers lashed;

fire fighting equipment ready;

lighting working;

communications working;

baggage weighing equipment ready for use.

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