Preparing For The Vetting Inspection?

The inspector will have a pre-planned inspection arrangement, which he will wish to follow, though there's nothing to prevent different segments being done in another order. Together with the new OCIMF VPQ, much of the date speaking to the tanker will have been completed in advance.

The next layer in this table is the delegation given to petty officers and in turn, to the remainder of the team, this will achieve an understanding all the way down through the rankings. Prior to the inspection preparations can be made in certain areas

The inspector may need to have a copy of the following:

· Classification Document

· Certificate of Registry

· Cargo Ship Safety Construction Certificate

· Cargo Ship Safety Equipment Certificate

· Safety Radiotelegraphy Certificate

· Load Line Certificate

The following should be available for Inspection (a Few are not applicable to all vessels):

Pros Should lay out the certifications in the exact same sequence as they appear from the VPQ/VIQ. This saves time and produces a good impression of structured groundwork.

· Health Certificates

· P&A Manual

· Approved Ballast Manual

· Oil / Cargo record book

· Oil transfer processes

· Garbage log for compliance with MARPOL Annex V

You don't neglect or pass a vetting review!

However you're well prepared, ensure the inspector is accompanied on the boat during the inspection. The best people to achieve this is the Master, Chief Engineer, Chief Officer and the First Assistant Engineer (Second Engineer), who can split the areas of inspection amongst themselves.

Ordinarily, the inspector will start by checking all certificates and documentation together with the Master. He'll then move into the regions listed opposite. However, it must be recalled that the purchase and schedule of this ship vetting inspection can be altered to attain less disturbance to the normal operations onboard. Make sure you have a completed up-to-date backup available for the inspector since this will save time.

A number of the most common deficiencies found in these regions:

· Passage plan just pilot to pilot. Make Sure that the filed transit plan covers berth to berth navigation

· Missing publications or older variants onboard when new books have been issued

· Missing Master's standing orders and night order book

· No logs for gyro error

· No entrance of place on the navigation graph through transit of pilotage to berth.

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