The Role & Responsibilities of a Superyacht Surveyor:
The roles of a superyacht surveyor, the same as for any marine survey work, are many and varied but the priority is to examine, study, scrutinize, evaluate, estimate, record, and supply the client an accurate, up to date appraisal of the overall condition, and safety, of the vessel. Included in the final survey report will be recommendations for any work required to bring the vessel to the client’s required standard, Class and safety standards for the vessels intended use. A current valuation of the yacht may also be included.
The superyacht surveyor works for and is responsible to, the client who hires him or her and no one else. The final detailed survey report is specifically for the client who pays the surveyor and no one else. The surveyor maintains copyright over the written survey report and will keep copies for future reference.
Upon initial contact or enquiry from the client the superyacht surveyor will immediately open a folder for the project and start to gather information about the yacht, Class, owners, build yard and as much information about the yacht prior to commencing the actual survey. There must be an on-site contact person, preferably crew, to prepare the vessel beforehand and be on hand to start and stop engines and equipment. It will reduce time and costs if the contact person is provided with the pre-survey check list. As shown below.
A standard contract agreement will be made between the client and the superyacht surveyor indicating the type of survey required and intended scope of work. It is vitally important the surveyor and the client are on the same page, understand and agree precisely what is to be surveyed and to what depth. This is of particular importance when surveying the yachts exterior and interior finishes. When the scope and depth of the survey is agreed and the contract signed a date and time will be arranged for the surveyor to be on board or on site. In the interim the contact person will be sent the pre-survey check list and the prudent surveyor will make verbal contact with the person.
Pre-survey check list:
The Surveyor will need a ‘Letter of Agreement’, ID card and permission to board and inspect the vessel. The surveyor will provide a procedure and estimated time frame for the survey.
To be provided to/by the owner, crew or contact person:
· Confirm location of the vessel and agreed date and time of arrival for the survey
· Surveyor to estimate the time required for the survey bas on client requirments
· Providing good access to areas to be surveyed – remove panelling and rubbish
· Allow adequate lighting & ventilation
· Provide assitance to start, stop and operate engines and machinery
· Have all the vessels documentation ready and available (Registration, Builders Certificate, etc.)
· Provide engineering systems and ‘as built’ construction drawings if available
· Have as few people on board as possible during the survey
· Confirm all batteries are charged and working
· Have good access to all safety equipment including distress signalling equipment
· Have staging, guardrails and hand hold in place as required
· Prepare for eventual weather conditions as this will influence the survey
· Canvas work such as sails and awnings should be open and available for inspection along with any documentation
· It can be an advantage to have the bilges pumped, clean and dry, prior to arrival but the surveyor may prefer to see them as they are so as to ascertain any leakage and form a general idea of the vessel upkeep.