Vetting Services




For clients requiring a professional risk assessment before chartering  a certain vessel, and/or allowing her to berth alongside at their terminal, Shipvetting provides vetting and report assessment related services.

In order to mitigate liability professional marine risk management, at least including the evaluation by marine experts of the suitability of a third party vessel, is considered as a must by most modern shipping companies and terminals.

A thorough screening process of the latest available information will minimize the risks involved when chartering a certain vessel and at the same time will result in a more efficient and cost effective organisation.

Chartering a vessel without a proper risk assessment by means of an appropriate screening process can result in damage to the good name and reputation of the charterer and increasing operational costs and delays.

Our vetting department consists of fully accredited SIRE and CDI inspectors who are also still actively involved in performing these SIRE and CDI inspections. This ensures that they are always fully updated on the latest developments in the industry guidelines and the details of present day SIRE and CDI questionnaires in use. Their accreditation and experience includes as well oil as chemical and gas (LPG and LNG) vessels.

Besides of a thorough review of the vessels latest SIRE and/or CDI report also the latest VPQ, officer matrix, class status report and Port State Control report will be assessed during the vetting process. Possible incident reports, casualty data and the vessels PSC performance in the recent past incl. detentions will also be included.

Each and every observation will be reviewed for a proper close out by the responsible operator, in case of doubt or missing information in the operators comments to a particular observation the report assessor will contact the operator in order to discuss  proper follow up.

As we have assessors spread out over different time zones we basically can provide our services 24/7. Our system is based on the goal that within 2 hours after receiving a vetting request the assessment result can be forwarded to the client.

The hardware / information part of the assessment report will be automatically processed by our computer program that was specially developed for this purpose, however we guarantee that all observations, the VIQ and the officers matrix will be completely manually reviewed by one of our assessors.
This manual screening process prevents that automation is approving or rejecting a vessel only on the basis of a certain number of observations, and / or of a combination of a certain number of observations and the risk rating of these individual observations. It is our opinion that such a decision much be based on the sound experience of a professional assessor which can never be replaced by automation.

We take a look at the whole picture provided by the latest available information and based on that risk reducing screening process the assessor will make his decision. In case a vessel will be ‘rejected’ the decision will always be discussed by at least 2 members of the vetting team.

Our evaluation of any potential risks will be performed in exact compliance with the individual requirements of each client’s own vetting policy. In addition statistical information regarding the vessels assessed in the past for each client can be made available by our computerised database.

Also TMSA reports (Tanker Management Self-Assessment) can be assessed upon request.