Survey Limitations

  1. A condition survey provides an opinion on the structural condition of all visible and significant aspects of the structure of the vessel as presented for the survey, with particular reference to hull condition.
  2. Hull condition is assessed by general non-destructive examination and by assessment of the condition of sample areas only. Where hulls carry heavy layers of paint, pitch or epoxy finishes the condition of all areas of the substrate cannot be guaranteed.
  3. Any engine and generator installations are inspected visually, and (where possible if presented in commission,) the engine is run to assess its general running characteristics, vibration levels etc. No dismantling of the engine or associated equipment is carried out within the scope of a condition survey so no detailed comment upon the condition of internal parts is possible without separate full strip down and mechanical survey.
  4. Where the vessel is afloat or on the mud, access to the underwater surfaces of the hull is not possible, therefore the surveyor shall not be held liable for any subsequent defects found in these areas.
  5. The survey does not provide an opinion on condition of areas not presented visible, for example behind linings or insulation, beneath fixed flooring etc. unless these are accessible through visible portable traps, and should not be taken to preclude completely the existence of isolated damage or deterioration concealed by paint, fillers or other means.
  6. Where a mast is stepped, only those parts of the mast and rig up to head height are inspected in detail.
  7. Electrical, plumbing, heating and other services are inspected where visible but not operated unless presented in commission. Electrical wiring is inspected visually (only) in all cases.
  8. Any portable gas installation is inspected visually only and pressure tests are not undertaken within the scope of the survey. All gas systems should be regularly tested as part of a normal preventative maintenance routine.
  9. Tanks are inspected where visible but not internally, and are not pressure tested.
  10. Particulars such as registration number, tonnage, build year and dimensions are normally stated as advised or as exhibited aboard the ship, and are not authenticated, unless otherwise agreed.

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