Marine Boat Surveys in Disaster Preparedness: Ensuring Vessel Resilience
The ocean is an unpredictable entity, which means that as boat owners, we must be adequately prepared if a disaster occurs. A Marine survey undertaken by a professional Marine Surveyor is essential for boat owners to make sure their vessel is ready and resilient to face any eventuality. The inspection performed by the surveyor will identify possible risks and weaknesses of the vessel or its systems before the worst happens.
A marine survey looks at various aspects of a vessel from an insurance, safety, financial and legal perspective. A thorough marine survey will include an examination of the mechanical components and it’s condition, such as engines, propulsion systems and fuel tanks as well as a visual assessment of the hull, decks, sails, rigging and other areas. The surveyor inspects the exterior of the vessels including decks, freeboard, deckhouses, gangways and rails to make sure they are not corroded or damaged. The surveyor also runs tests on watertight integrity systems, check bilge water levels and inspect electrical wiring for corrosion and safety hazards.
Many insurance companies require regular Marine Surveys to prove that a vessel is in good working order, thus mitigating liabilities due to negligence in the event of a natural disaster or an accident. It is also critical for people who are about to buy a new or second-hand boat as this document provides reliable information about the vessel’s condition prior to taking ownership.
Sun Coast Marine Surveying is renowned for providing comprehensive marine surveys that ensure the safety of boats and vessels at sea. Our team of professional Marine Surveyors utilise state-of-the-art technology and procedures to guarantee the utmost accuracy during our inspections. We look into potential weak points in areas like ventilation systems, steering systems and underwater fittings as well as checking for signs of damage caused by storms like hailstones, wind or rain. All our work adheres to current industry regulations and standards so that you can be rest assured your boat is safe from any disasters.
Onsite surveys involve us assessing and physically inspecting all aspects of the vessel from top to bottom ensuring it is fit for purpose and meets statutory requirements. We pay special attention to areas vulnerable to wear and tear such as drains pipes, deadeyes, braided running rigging, anchor winches and halyards because these items are crucial for dealing with any kind of emergency out at sea.
An 8-point checklist is used to review all items discovered during our onboard investigations, such as deck equipment, gear lockers, safety equipment and navigation lights. Each item is inspected carefully to ensure they meet the necessary standards for a safe voyage and for insurance purposes.
In addition to actual physical surveys done onsite, we also offer remote marine surveys over video call if required. In most cases, these virtual surveys can provide general guidance by helping boat owners understand their obligations when operating a vessel in Australia; however they do not replace onsite inspections – which are still necessary in order to ensure full compliance with relevant regulations and codes of practice.
At Sun Coast Marine Surveying, we have seen firsthand how important marine surveys are in terms of having the right preparation for disasters. In addition to providing peace of mind for insurance claims, they can also help you become aware of any potential risks associated with your vessel so that you can take necessary steps to ensure your own safety.
When it comes to Marine Surveys, trust the professionals at Sun Coast Marine Surveying to ensure your vessel has resilience come whatever may!r