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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

Marine Warranty Surveying (MWS)

Vassallo Associates offers Marine Warranty Surveying (MWS) and third-party verification services for a broad range of marine and offshore projects.

Facilitated by the expertise of our specialist consultants, we take pride in having the necessary resources to provide dedicated solutions that meet both the requirements of our clients and their respective insurance providers.

Our services are provided independently of any regulatory authority, designer, installer or manufacturer of hardware, thereby ensuring that no conflicts of interest can arise.

Working closely with a client, our specialist consultants will review all operations activities ensuring that they are properly planned and engineered in full compliance with all pertinent codes and industry standards; and then executed in accordance with appropriate procedures that utilise vessels and equipment suited to the operation.

Vassallo Associates MWS and verification service capabilities include the following:

  • Cargo
  • Vetting
  • Loadouts (including skidded, lifted, float-over and trailered methods)
  • Sea fastening
  • Marine Transportation (including barges and all types of self-propelled vessels)
  • Marine Installation (including lifted and float-over methods)
  • Mooring/station keeping systems
  • FPSO/vessel hook up to field systems
  • Decommissioning
  • Vessel suitability surveys
  • Structural surveys
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA)
  • Third party assessment and analysis
  • Launch, tow and installation of pipeline bundles
  • Casualty Investigation

Yacht Consultancy

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

We also provide proper and transparent advice on condition and compliance issues and for sale and purchase inspections.

  • Owner’s Representation
  • Risk Assessment
  • Sea Trials
  • Pre-Purchase and Condition Surveys
  • Safety and Technical Management
  • Damage Surveys and Casualty Investigation
  • New Build and Project Management

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.

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.

Sea Trials

Properly planned and executed sea trials are an essential part of ensuring that a new or refitted yacht is delivered to her Owner as specified in all respects. Our team of superyacht surveyors, with their extensive experience as serving deck and engineering officers, are ideally placed to undertake this essential task. Collaborating closely with the build captain, managers, lawyers and shipyard, we will work with the team to plan and execute harbour acceptance and sea trials.

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.

Safety and Technical Management

We provide complete ISM and ISPS management in addition to a full array of safety and security services and audits.

  • ISM and Mini ISM management.
  • ISPS management.
  • ISM and Mini ISM safety management manuals.
  • Ship security assessments and plans.
  • On-board safety and security audits.
  • Passenger ship (Document of Compliance (DOC) and Designated Person Ashore (DPA).
  • Yacht DOC and DPA.
  • 24-hour shore-side emergency support.
  • Risk assessment.

We provide a complementary technical management services to ensure that your yacht is operated in a safe, reliable, efficient and compliant fashion. Our skilled technical teams monitor vessel performance and condition through regular reporting from the yacht and detailed on-board inspections.

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.

We are able to assist owners, captains and crew in getting their damaged yachts back into service with the least possible interruption to busy schedules.

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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