On-Hire/Off-Hire Bunker & General Condition
On-Hire Surveys / Off-Hire Surveys of vessels or marine structures undertaken either
before the vessel or structure is delivered into a charter, or redelivered from a charter.
The survey report should include a detailed description of a vessel’s cargo spaces/deck
areas structural condition, cargo space cleanliness, bunkers on board, listing of the
vessel’s statutory certificates, portable securing equipment, etc.
When discrepancies differences arise in a bunker delivery operation, the experience of
the Surveyor should be able to find the error, if any, or to give out the right figures for
third party agreement.
The purpose of these On-Hire Surveys / Off-Hire Surveys is principally to determine the
extent of damage, other than fair wear and tear, which may have occurred to the ship
between two dates, usually those of the commencement and termination of charter.
Whilst the determination of damage is the principle purpose of the two requisite reports,
one being at the “on hire” survey and the other at the “off hire” survey, there are often
three other requirements.
These are generally:
- The checking of documents and certificates
- The establishment of quantities of fuel and stores on board
- Sometimes the establishment of the cleanliness of the cargo spaces
Visual inspection conducted at the time of delivery or re-delivery of a vessel to/from a
On-Hire Surveys / Off-Hire Surveys is very important for a client when hiring a vessel to
limit their liability, by ensuring they have the correct information on the condition of the
vessel and work required in respect of the Charter Party. Hence it is in the interest of a
Client to get an independent survey carried out on their behalf which will then be used
as evidence for their liabilities for the Charter period.
When attend to check the condition of the vessel when it is chartered from or
redelivered back to the owner which usually includes in part the structure, document
and bunker, Vessel survey to get a general impression by inspecting selected areas:
- Passenger areas
- Safety equipment
- Cargo areas
- Machinery spaces etc.
- Planned Maintenance System for outstanding items
- Sample of any prearranged open spaces (tanks etc).
- Certification and Classification records to be inspected
- Brief interviews with some of the crew members
On/Off Hire Condition Survey
On/Off Hire ROB Bunker Survey
On/Off Hire Condition and ROB Bunker Survey
On/Off hire vessel condition.
It’s a visual inspection of vessel holds, main deck and cargo working areas are
performed to identify any damage present prior to the vessel going on/off hire. This
survey is carried out by us and after the completion we issue an attestation certificate.
This survey is compared with the previous condition survey carried out to the vessel, in
order to determine if new damage have occurred to the vessel from cargo operations
and/or stevedores damage.
On/Off hire vessel rob bunker survey.
This Bunker Survey must be done, taking care to sound all tanks and correct for
temperature and density, consumption of D.O, F.O to vessel delivery at Pilot station of a
The survey goals are:
- Ascertaining the condition of the vessel prior to delivery
- Recording any damage to hull or cargo spaces
- Certifying holds suitability for loading of the intended cargoes
- Validity of class and statutory certificates, etc.
At re-delivery, the surveyor is to ascertain whether during the time charter the vessel the
vessel sustain any damage.