It is very important for a client when hiring a vessel to limit their liability, by ensuring they have the correct information on the condition of the vessel and work required in respect of the Charter Party.
On-hire survey is undertaken before the vessel is delivered into a charter. The survey should include a detailed description of the vessel's cargo spaces/deck areas structural condition, cargo space cleanliness, cargo handling equipment, bunkers on board, listing of the vessel's statutory certificates and portable securing equipment, etc.
Similarly for vessels completing a charter, an off-hire survey is conducted.
At the end of each survey a fully detailed report is issued, including several pictures, technical drawings, copies of certificates and other useful information.