Marine Vessel Audit
The importance of marine audits in any nautical undertaking cannot be overstated. Regulatory compliance is required for shipping, drilling, pipeline projects, and oil and gas exploration. Maritime audits, whether undertaken internally or externally, demand meticulous attention to detail.
Integrating Verif-i services into your marine vessel audits
The strength of Verif-i’s auditing professionals comes from the experience and qualifications of its team members. These risk management credentials are backed by industry guidelines, global standards, and historical data. Our team prepares the groundwork for risk management, takes rigorous precautionary measures to ensure a safe and efficient operation and reports all compliance measures and findings for your offshore missions.
When clients or other stakeholders involved with the project request external participation, Verifi-i professionals provide expert input and support. Ours can be as intensive or as minimal as you wish.
Verif-i approaches risk management holistically and then drills down to the safety of each team and its members, every piece of equipment, every process and each goal of the project. Risk mitigation covers everything from protecting teams on the vessel down to making sure not one airgun misfires.
Risk assessment is a pre-requisite for risk management. Two commonly used components for risk assessment are HAZID and HAZOP:
- HAZID: HAZID is the process behind identifying hazards. This is not a job that can be done by one person alone. The best way to identify true hazards for a specific mission is to involve a large number of experienced team members in order to incorporate the unique viewpoints of those with different perspectives and experiences.
- HAZOP: HAZOP is the more practical examination of a project’s operation at each step. Potential hazards are identified in detail, with prevention as the key goal.
Internal or external audits
Best practices for marine audits and inspections can be shared by both internal and external auditors.
• Internal: Seismic mission representatives have a vested interest in maritime audits and will go to great lengths to cover all potential risk areas in depth. If the mission fails because of inadequate auditing, all stakeholders stand to lose.
• External: Although some external audits tend to be limited to cursory checklists, professional external inspections can expose areas of risk that mission representatives may have overlooked.
To ensure safety at sea, the ISM (International Safety Management) Code requires compliance from seagoing vessels and their land-based offices. Human life, animal life, the environment, and property are all protected by this standard for maritime safety.
HSE (Health, Safety, and Environment) specialists at Verif-i are trained in and adhere to all HSE regulations. However, they do not stop at mere compliance. They go above and beyond in their efforts to teach, collaborate, and focus on the particulars, ensuring the standard’s success.
Health checks for shipping and other seafaring vessels
Verif-i professionals are comfortable with the standards and inspection tools of various organisations that are accepted globally. The following are just a few examples of the standards in which Verif-i experts are well-versed:
- IMCA – International Marine Contractors Association: IMCA members are responsible for producing and upkeeping the eCMID (Common Marine Inspection Document).
- IMO – International Maritime Organisation: IMO member states concern themselves with international safety, environmental and security laws and shipping industry regulations.
- ITF – ITF (International Transport Workers Federation) Seafarers is a division of the ILO (International Labour Organisation). ITF Inspectors protect seafarers’ rights and ensure that seafaring vessels remain safe.
- OVID – The Offshore Vessel Inspection Database (OVID) was created in response to a need identified by OCIMF (Oil Companies International Marine Forum). Not all seagoing vessels are created equal. An offshore industry vessel should require different rules and standards than a tanker, for example.
Please do get in touch so that we can discuss your goals and your particular maritime audit requirements.