When major work is undertaken, whether it is a repair, a refit or even a new build, essentially the same process is gone through. In broad terms it consists of three phases:
As an independent voice, we can ensure that the specification the yard works to, meets the owners requirements and those of any appropriate regulations, helping to resolve issues at an early stage. Having the path clearly laid out prior to the start of work will all but illuminate lots of problems that might otherwise occur at a later stage, when they would be difficult and expensive to correct.
During most major works, it will be necessary for the surveyor to visit the yard frequently (typically every 4 weeks for a new build, much more frequently for refit or repair). This is not only to ensure that the work is being carried out to the correct standard and specification, but also to check the agreed build schedule is being adhered to. Visits can be pre planned or initiated by a problem arising. After each visit, a detailed written report, supported by photographs will be sent to all parties to document the progress.
Sea Trials, Testing and Acceptance
Prior to accepting the vessel, it is essential to have an independent check of all systems on board, not only to check they work, but also to check they meet the original specification. This will invariably include sea trials. From these tests, we will produce a report that will include a "snag list". These faults should be rectified prior to acceptance as it is expensive and time consuming to return the vessel to the yard at a later date (at the owners expense) to rectify them.