The Association introduced the Entry Condition Survey Program and Ship Visit Campaign in the 1990’s as part of the underwriting quality control, risk management and loss prevention process, and has subsequently implemented a number of mechanisms and trigger factors that enable the Association to initiate pre-entry or post-entry condition surveys on vessels.
The ship condition survey program has played an important role in the control of the underwriting quality and at large, it helps the members in their loss prevention and to minimize their insurance costs by keeping good loss records. With the implementation of the ISM in the last two decades, the shipping industry put forward much higher standard to ship’s safety and environmental protection capability, which has given rise to a requirement to extend ship condition survey to all vessels that are subject to condition survey, either for entry condition survey or random survey as per relevant rules of the Association.
The Association’s condition survey generally focuses on shipboard safety management, structural integrity, pollution prevention capability, cargo worthiness, etc., to identify any defects or deficiencies that may give rise to concerns. In the meantime, it will also help underwriters evaluate if a vessel meets the Association’s entry requirements in terms of the physical condition of the ship, shipboard and shore-based management level, the quality of manning, etc.
In recent years, the condition survey program pays more attention to vessels listed by the PSC inspection, following up on the final rectification of any outstanding issues. By way of condition survey, the Association will be able to assist the members to identify deficiencies and defects which are likely to expose themselves and the Association to risks and claims, then provide members with appropriate recommendations for rectification or maintenance.
Please always refer to the Association’s “Circulars” under “Publications” relating to condition survey or click “here” for more details.
To better meet member’s needs, the Association is pleased to arrange training programs for member’s personnels regarding claims handling process, critical points in dealing with certain types of cases and how to avoid or to minimize the occurrence of certain types of incidents.
The Association also organizes training program for Members on important issues such as carriage of nickel ore, oil pollution prevention and compensation.
The Association organizes seminars for members every year. Experts from maritime courts, maritime safety administrations, universities and law firms will be invited to give lectures on prevailing issues or topics of common concern. The seminars provide opportunities for members to exchange opinions and raise loss prevention awareness.
The Association publishes loss prevention circulars and articles regularly through the Wechat Official Account and email subscriptions. Topics range from navigational safety, technical and legal issues, as well as international politics. These articles provide up-to-date advices to members and enhance the prospective and specialty of the loss prevention work.