On Hire Survey and Off Hire Survey

On Hire Survey and Off Hire Survey

On-Hire Surveys / Off-Hire Surveys of vessels are undertaken either before the vessel or structure is delivered into a charter, or redelivered from a charter. The survey report usually includes a detailed description of a vessel’s cargo spaces/deck areas structural condition, cargo space cleanliness, hull anti fouling or marine growth check ,bunkers on board, listing of the vessel’s statutory certificates, portable securing equipment amongst other aspects.

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 time charter.

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.

Other variants of

On Hire Survey and Off Hire Survey

  •  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. These are common surveys carried out by Constellation Marine Services mainly from their Fujairah marine surveying office.

This independent marine survey is compared with the previous condition survey carried out to the vessel, in order to determine if new damage has occurred to the vessel from cargo operations and/or stevedores damage.

On/Off hire vessel rob bunker survey.

The Bunker Survey must be done, taking care to sound all tanks and correct for temperature and density, consumption of D.O, F.O.

On Hire Survey and Off Hire Survey – The survey outcomes 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 marine surveyor is to ascertain from the master whether during the voyage the vessel had sustained any damages and obtain supporting documents relevant to the damages.