Maritime Consultancy & Marine Surveying - Reports, F.A.Q's and Links
Maritime Consultancy & Marine Surveying - Capt. Reuben Lanfranco, BA (Crim), M. Jur (Int. Law), LLM (IMLI)



 
Reports
 
The following reports relate to various articles which may be of interest to most of our clients.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Sinking of the MTS Oceanos
Footage of the last moments of the cruise ship "Oceanos" as she sinks on 4th August 1991 off South Africa.
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The Costa Concordia Documentary
This is a documentary about the last hours of the cruise liner Costa Concordia that hit a rock and capsized and sunk off the coast of Italy's Giglio Island.

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Somali Pirate Tactics
Stunning revelations about the spohistication of the tactics used by Somali pirates.Turkey Nato and Italy are now protecting WFP ships in the East Africa and Aden Gulf areas. They reveal the tacti...
 
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Boat Crashes - Best Compilation of Boat Accidents and Collisions
Boat Crashes in Rough Seas, Boat wrecks, Ship wrecks, Boating accidents and more. Boats and Ships in rough seas.
 
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Ship Accidents (Compilation)
This is a video of Ship Accidents especially those involving Container Carriers
 
 
 
 
 
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World's biggest ship breaking yard
Ship breaking is one of the most hazardous jobs in the world because most ships are used to carry radioactive materials, toxic wastes, extremely poisonous chemicals and oil.
 
 
 
F.A.Q's on Marine Surveys
 
How Do I Choose a Marine Surveyor?
Anyone can title him or herself as a Marine Surveyor and start a business. Certain marine surveyors are permitted to use a designation denoting membership in accrediting organizations that require members to meet strict professional, technical and ethical standards.
 
Surveyors should provide you with a professionally prepared report that can be accepted by your bank and/or insurance company. Talk with prospective surveyors and ask questions! What does the survey include and what type of reporting format is used? How much will the inspection cost? How long will the on-board inspection take?
 
A thorough inspection will not be rushed and will depend on the type of survey required based on vessel size, equipment and on-board systems. There may be additional services available such as engine surveys, oil analysis, galvanic and stray current corrosion testing, ultrasonic testing, moisture testing and other non-destructive tests. There may be additional charges for these and other services.
 
Well conducted surveys can provide good information on the vessels' condition, but they are not guarantees. The surveyor reports the condition in accessible areas only as it exists at the time of inspection.

Why Should You Have a Vessel Surveyed?
Most insurance companies and banks will require them on older vessels. They will need to know her condition and fair market value in order to finance and/or underwrite the vessel. Knowing her condition and fair market value before you purchase is also important. However, the most important reason to survey your vessel is for the safety of the passengers and crew.

What Type of Survey Do I Need?
Marine Surveys are performed for a number of reasons, and the procedures for each vary to best suit your needs:

Pre-Purchase Survey
This is the most comprehensive type of inspection, and is strongly advised when purchasing a new or used vessel. Condition and overall operation of the vessel should be examined. This covers structural integrity, electrical systems, the propulsion system, the fuel system, other machinery, navigation equipment, miscellaneous on-board systems, cosmetic appearance, electronics, and overall maintenance as well as an out-of-water inspection and a sea trial.

Insurance Survey
This inspection is performed so that the insurance company can determine whether or not the vessel is an acceptable risk. They are interested in structural integrity and safety for its intended use. Most insurance companies require a survey on older boats. They will also want to know the vessel's fair market value.

Appraisal Inspection
This inspection is performed to gather enough information to justify or determine the fair market value of the vessel. This is normally needed for financing, estate settlements, donations and legal cases.
 
Damage Inspection
This is performed to assess the extent of damage, recommend repairs, estimate repair cost, and if requested, possible cause.

How Should I Prepare for a Marine Survey?
Time and additional expense can be saved by preparing the vessel for inspection and making her more accessible. Arrange to present a clean, shipshape boat, and have all papers and miscellaneous gear ready. If applicable, you will need to make arrangements with the marina to haul the vessel for bottom inspection, and retain a captain/skipper for sea trials. Lockers and cabin areas should be cleared of all miscellaneous gear.

The surveyor should never be asked to prepare a boat for inspection. The surveyor may request minor dismantling of interior ceilings, headliners, flooring, etc. in order to gain access to the suspected areas. Random removal and examination of below-the-waterline fasteners on wood boats may be required. Any dismantling and re-installation of parts should be performed by qualified personnel and is the responsibility of the person ordering the survey.
Written authorization from the owner may be needed to board and/or to remove part of the vessel.
 
 
Links
 
 
Marine Surveyors Register
International Institute of Marine Surveying
International Federation of Shipmaster's Associations
Armed Forces of Malta Rapid Deployment Platoon - Special ForcesThe Marine Society, UKUniversal Shipping Bureau - Panama ROMalta Maritime Law AssociationDNV-GL GroupRoyal Institution of Naval ArchitectsThe Nautical InstituteInstitution of Fire Engineers
 
Royal Institute of Navigation
Boatlinkmalta
Ship Building Picture Dictionary
Boat Park
Transport Malta
 
AIS - Locate Ships in realtime
 
Information for Injured SeafarersAn interesting site with links to websites of the Cruise IndustryPorts of the World
Armed Forces of Malta
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