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Inspections and Surveys

Through the combined expertise of our Master Mariners and Marine Surveyors, Vassallo Associates offers a broad range of inspection services focused on marine compliance and safety.

In addition to this, our consultants can serve as an extension to our clients’ resources by becoming independent client representatives,  overseeing sensitive operations both on and offshore.

In conjunction with our engineering consultants, we can offer marine assurance services such as checking and approval of loadout, transportation and installation of structures, modules and decks, towed pipeline bundles and subsea installations.

Our services include:

    • Cargo Surveys
    • Marine assurance
    • Safety surveys
    • Suitability surveys
    • Hull & machinery condition surveys
    • Pre-purchase surveys and evaluation
    • Regulatory gap analysis
    • Failure investigation
    • Legal and arbitration expert witness
    • Risk assessments, HAZIDs, HAZOPs, etc.
    • ISM audits and development
    • On/off hire inspections
    • Client representation
    • Consulting and support on the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006 and implementation of Seafarers Employment Agreement

Audits and Pre-Vetting

Vassallo Associates has CDI certified Inspectors and perform CDI Inspections in Europe. We also perform pre-CDI and Vetting Inspections. We perform navigational audits and internal ISM and ISPS audits both onboard and ashore by Certified Auditors.

ISM Internal Audits
The ISM Code requires Shipping Companies to have procedures for conducting both internal and external audits to ensure the ship as well as the shore organisation is adhering to that set out the Safety Management System. We offer certified and experienced ISM Lead Auditors available to perform ISM audits onboard ships as well as on Shipping Companies ashore.
ISPS Internal Audits
The International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) require Shipping Companies to have procedures for conducting both internal and external audits to ensure the ship is doing what is documented in the Ship Security Plan. We offer experienced Internal Auditors available to perform ISPS audits onboard ships.
Pre OCIMF Vetting & Pre CDI inspections
The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF), the Oil Companies association, introduced their Ship Inspection Report Programme (SIRE) in 1993. In the SIRE programme tank ships are vetted against OCIMF’s Vessel Inspection Questionnaire (VIQ). Having proper vetting records is of imperative importance for tank and chemical ships, and we can assist through an external pre-inspection of the vessel prior to a SIRE/CDI inspection.
Pre-OVID inspections
In 2010 the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) introduced the Offshore Vessel Inspection Database (OVID), which is an Inspection Regime for Offshore Vessels similar to the SIRE Inspection Regime for tank ships. In the OVID programme offshore vessels are vetted against OCIMF’s Offshore Vessel Inspection Questionnaire (OVIQ). We can assist through an external pre-inspection of the vessel prior to an OVID inspection.
Navigational Audits
According to OCIMF TMSA element 5, the operator shall arrange independent navigational reviews to check the navigational competence. A Navigational Audit is a systematic control of how the Ship Operator’s Navigational procedures are followed. Our experienced and qualified Auditors have carried out Navigational Audits for a number of Ship Operators.
IMCA-CMID
The Common Marine Inspection Document (CMID) provides a standard format for inspection of offshore vessels, intended to promote safety and efficiency whilst also reducing the number of repeat inspections on individual marine vessels. We may assist with undertaking CMID inspections as required.

Marine Claims and Accident Investigation

Vassallo Associates is the designated correspondent in Malta for P&I Clubs. Our unit of specialist consultants has built a solid reputation for its expertise across all aspects of shipping casualty work, and regularly receives instructions from P&I Clubs, Hull & Machinery Insurers, ship owners and operators. We provide unparalleled local expertise, dealing with all instances of:

      • Cargo damage or loss
      • Damage to fixed and floating objects
      • Diversions and deviations
      • Fines and criminal investigations
      • Fires and explosions
      • Collisions, grounding and salvage
      • Persons overboard or missing
      • Personal injury, crew illness and death
      • Pollution
      • Refugees and stowaways
      • Stevedore damage or other damage caused by third parties
      • Structural failures, including loss of propulsion or steerage
      • Towage and damage caused to or by a tug
      • Violent acts, piracy, robbery and others

Our members are highly experienced at conducting on-site casualty investigations, obtaining and preserving evidence, and working with regulatory authorities.

P&I Correspondents

Vassallo Associates is the designated correspondent in Malta for P&I Clubs. Our unit of specialist consultants has built a solid reputation for its expertise across all aspects of shipping casualty work, and regularly receives instructions from P&I Clubs, Hull & Machinery Insurers, ship owners and operators. We provide unparalleled local expertise, dealing with all instances of:

      • Cargo damage or loss
      • Damage to fixed and floating objects
      • Diversions and deviations
      • Fines and criminal investigations
      • Fires and explosions
      • Collisions, grounding and salvage
      • Persons overboard or missing
      • Personal injury, crew illness and death
      • Pollution
      • Refugees and stowaways
      • Stevedore damage or other damage caused by third parties
      • Structural failures, including loss of propulsion or steerage
      • Towage and damage caused to or by a tug
      • Violent acts, piracy, robbery and others

Our members are highly experienced at conducting on-site casualty investigations, obtaining and preserving evidence, and working with regulatory authorities.

Yachting

Vassallo Associates provides technical services for the through-life operation of luxury and superyachts. We manage projects from the initial concept through to delivery and thereafter provide complete technical and operational support. We cover:

Owner’s Representation
Representing the Owner’s interests during a new build or refit, technical negotiations or in any situation in which the Owner requires the benefit of knowledgeable independent technical support and advice, is all part of our service repertoire to superyacht clients. However complex or large the project, we have the experience and skills needed to add value to the Owner.
Pre-Purchase and Condition Surveys
We undertake pre purchase surveys, advising potential buyers on the condition of the yacht that they wish to purchase. We have expertise to survey all types of yachts, of all materials, including high performance sailing and motor yachts.
Yacht Safety Management and Compliance
We provide complete ISM and ISPS management in addition to a full array of safety and security services and audits. We offer Safety Management Systems, ranging from our Full ISM Safety System (commercial registered + 500GT) to our Mini ISM (24 m – under 500 GT).
Risk Assessment
Our expertise in investigating marine casualties provides us with an unrivalled insight into the causes of accidents, risk prevention, mitigation and awareness. We use this insight, including extensive statistical analysis, to provide onboard and shoreside risk assessments.
Damage Surveys and Casualty Investigation
We are regularly called upon by the insurance industry to investigate and report on casualties for both P&I Clubs and Hull & Machinery underwriters. With our depth of experience and expertise in undertaking damage surveys, we are able to quickly and efficiently assess the scale of damages, the steps required to undertake repairs and the likely cost of doing so.
New Build and Project Management
We can assist with New build and refit projects. Through involvement in concept development, project definition, drafting of technical specifications, shipyard and contractor due diligence, on site supervision, milestone surveys, commissioning and acceptance trials, we can be your trusted and independent partner, every step of the way.

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