The Isle of Man Ship Registry has now been operating under the general inspection scheme for 6 months, so we would like to take this opportunity to give you all some feedback.
- NEW SHIPS – If we have not attended for a pre-registration survey we need to see the ship within 6 months of registration for an Initial General Inspection. This can be any time after registration, yes even the following day if this suits. Please do not leave this until the end of the 6 month window - you will have enough with Class wanting to attend for initial ISM/ISPS/MLC audits and inspections towards the end of this window.
- INITIAL GENERAL INSPECTION – If we have never attended the vessel our first attendance will be credited as the Initial General Inspection, be this prior to registration, a week after registration or at 6 months from registration.
- GENERAL INSPECTION - Choose wisely the time when you want us to attend the ship. We realise that in these days of increased third party inspections this can be an issue but remember ships have a maximum of 36 months between General Inspections, and 2 must take place within the 5 year cycle of GIs, giving you a larger scope to get us on board.
- TIMING – Indications so far are that a General Inspection on its own is taking between 12 and 15 hours minimum. Now that the General Inspection is outside the scope of statutory surveys this gives you much more scope to choose which port to schedule our attendances without any other parties on board the vessel. We will work with you, but to ensure we do this, please build this into your programme on the basis that all vessels must be attended 2 times in a 5 year period with a maximum of 36 months between any inspection.
- REPORTING – Our reporting format continues to be developed. Shorter, more concise reports are being forwarded to clients and the process of rationalisation is continuing.
As always, if you have any queries as to how the scheme may affect your specific ship, please contact the duty principal surveyor who will assist.