How Is a Vessel Audit Performed?
To perform a vessel audit, two components are often necessary: a visual inspection of the vessel, from bow to stern that encompasses the entire hull; and a personal inspection of the vessel while it is operating to observe how a crew operates the vessel. The hull inspection is often done using divers or ROV equipment to make sure there are no defects or immediate repairs that need to be made. The personal inspection occurs while a vessel is out on the water, operating as normal. Auditors will pay attention to the details of each crew's responsibilities, how those duties are performed, and if any shortcuts are being taken that could compromise the integrity of the vessel.
Vessel Audits Stop Problems before They Start
In many areas, vessel audits are necessary for a vessel to even be engaged in business. Sometimes multiple audits every 12 months are even required! Though vessel audits can seem like a hassle, especially when an auditor is observing how a crew goes about their business, the importance of a vessel audit cannot be understated. Auditors are charged with stopping potential problems before they even become problems. Imagine how a business could be disrupted with a disabled vessel at sea, loaded with passengers or cargo? Auditors go through a comprehensive checklist to minimize this from happening to every inspected vessel.
Why Choose an Independent Auditor?
Though you don't need to have an independent auditor performing a vessel audit, the independent audit can lend validity to the reports that are generated should a vessel's integrity come into question. Independent auditors should have no affiliations that could cause a question regarding the integrity of the audit and should follow the recognized standard set forth by the International Marine Contractors Association. Ultimately a vessel audit is about enhancing the safety and performance of each vessel and an independent auditor can give you a fresh set of eyes to see something that may have been unintentionally missed.
When Was Your Last Vessel Audit?
If you need to have a vessel audit done, consider using an independent auditor this time around to complete the task for you. Based on IMCA standards and your polices and procedures, you'll get the vessel audit completed in a timely fashion and know if there is something that needs to be adjusted to make sure the health and safety of each vessel you have is always at its maximum. Problems at sea could mean massive problems at home – prevent that today by scheduling your next round of vessel audits!
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