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  • Conducted on

  • Prepared by

  • Location
  • Vessel picture

  • Inspector comments:

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  • This EnerGeo checklist is based on the EnerGeo Vessel Guideline and forms part of the vessel inspection process for Support, Escort vessels and Local vessel.
    On conclusion, the inspector will provide the relevant operator’s personnel with a verbal briefing and a summary of the result of the inspection.
    The purpose of the EnerGeo Vessel Guideline is to give Support, Escort and Local vessel operators, seismic operators, seismic companies and their clients, guidance on the minimum recommended requirements for vessels assisting on seismic projects.
    Vessel Types covered by this checklist:
    • A Main supply (cargo, fuel, stores) and towing vessel, passenger capability
    • B Escort, with preferred towing, Work boat and passenger capability
    • C Local escort (None classed vessels etc.)

  • Any suggestions for changes and improvments to the guidline and checklist to be sendt to: tony.robertsen@pgs.com; bhasle@shearewatergeo.com and crollings@shearwatergeo.com

  • Section 1 - General Information

  • Type of Inspection

  • Report number

  • Vessel Type (see previous page)

  • Vessel Owner

  • Name of Inspector (s)

  • Date of Inspection

  • Location of Inspection

  • Vessel Flag/Port of Registry

  • Year/Place Built

  • Classification

  • IMO Number

  • Call Sign

  • MMSI Number

  • Gross/Net Tonnage

  • Length Overall (M)

  • Beam (M)

  • Draft (M)

  • Main Engines (No./Maker/Total BHP)

  • Max Speed/Consumption

  • Cruising Speed/Consumption

  • Consumption while supporting seismic operations (if known)

  • Bollard Pull (tons)

  • Date of Last Dry-docking, Next planned Dry-Docking or major maintenance

  • Vessel’s phone number(s)

  • Vessel’s email address

  • Number of bunks/seats available for passengers

  • Section 2 - Inspection Checklist

Vessel's Documents

  • Is the vessel clear of condition of class and any safety related memoranda (give details of conditions of class outstanding and any safety related memoranda)

  • Are all the statutory and class certificates in date (include details of any short term or interim certificates. Noted details of any limitations noted in appendix to class certificate)

  • Class Status Report with no outstanding Conditions of Class (<12 months old)

Logbooks and Records books

  • Is there a Logbook on the Bridge with records and evaluation of performed drills (Abandon Ship, lifeboat, fire, MOD, SOPEP, and ISPS), safety meeting and safety drill schedule? (If electronically logbooks, do they have flag approval?)

  • Is there an Engine Room logbook? Is it up to date?

  • Is there an Oil Record Book available and updated as per instruction and according to MARPOL regulation? For vessels delivering fuel, does the vessel have Oil Record Book Part II (if required by Flag State)?

  • Is there a garbage log onboard and is it up to date? Are garbage receipts correctly filed? Do they correspond with what is written in the Garbage Log?

  • Is a lifting register in place on the vessel and is it managed by a competent person? Conduct spot checks of lifting strops, slings and tag lines and check maintenance and testing records of this equipment

  • Gyro and magnetic compass error logs filled in correctly and the compass deviation card posted on bridge


  • Is there a Safety Management System/Operational Manual in place and can it be accessed onboard

  • HSE Policy (Posted on bridge and public areas, signed and up to date)

  • Drugs and Alcohol Policy (Posted on bridge and public areas, signed and up to date)

  • Is there a system of permits to work in place, and are there records of completed PTW forms? Have PTW forms been closed within the validity period?

  • Is there a Lockout-Tag out system in place, LOTO equipment onboard?

  • Does the vessel have an emergency procedure for loss of power?

  • Does the vessel have an emergency towing procedure (for the vessel to be towed)?

  • Are there procedures in place for rescue of MOB? Are they relevant to the vessel?

  • Is there a Waste Management Plan in place in accordance with MARPOL and local regulations? Is there a MARPOL regulation sign relative to Waste Plan Management clearly displayed onboard?

  • Is the company issuing Fleet Alerts and when was the last one issued?

Other Documentation

  • Last PSC inspection and findings

  • Last IMCA/OVID Inspection report and RAP found onboard (enter date of inspection)

  • Last seismic contractor inspection report and RAP found onboard (enter date of inspection)

  • Is there an approved stability booklet onboard? Is the Master familiar with the contents?

  • Are stability calculations carried out regularly and with significant changes to load and stability calculation (Type A and B vessels only)?

  • If the vessel is a towing vessel, does it cover stability requirement for towing operations?

  • Are there any limitations and are they known by the Master and Officers?

  • Master’s Standing Orders signed by bridge crew onboard and Night Orders Book found on bridge and filed in correctly

  • Seismic Contractor's Procedures and Bridging Document found onboard

  • Notice to Mariners kept onboard (note date of the last NTM) or via electronic notification

  • Is a passage plan available for current or next voyage?

  • Are emergency steering handover procedures posted on the bridge and the steering gear room?

  • Does the vessel have a procedure / RA / JSA for recovery of FAD’s (Fish Attracting Devices)

  • Is there evidence of safety inductions onboard for new crew?

Cyber Security

  • Does the vessel have formal procedure on cyber security?

  • Instruction on remote monitoring systems on the vessel?

  • Cyber security Incident response and drills?

  • Password protection on networks and computers?

  • Appropriate disposal of IT equipment

  • Does sensitive navigation equipment have password protection and are they separated from network by fire walls & anti malware

  • Is there clear instruction connecting and use of USB sticks / portable HD drives from visitors

Crew documents

  • Vessel's regular complement is at least 5 crew or as mandated by minimum safe manning levels, whichever is higher

  • Vessel has at least 2 certified watch keepers or as mandated by minimum safe manning levels

  • Vessel has at least 1 certified engineer or as mandated by minimum safe manning levels

  • Is the vessel manned by regular crew or is there a high turnover of crew?

  • Has a certified /SSO (Vessel Security Officer/Ship Security Officer) been assigned to the Vessel, and have conducted security training for the Crew?

  • Does the crew have contracts and are they MLC compliant

  • All crew members above 18 years of age

  • All crew have valid Medical STCW or equivalent

  • Drug & Alcohol Testing Certificates performed annually. Or is the company covered by a testing scheme

  • All crew have all the vaccinations as required by the seismic contractor or project specific manual

  • All crew have valid Seaman's Books, Certificates of Competency, Basic Firefighting and Sea Survival Certificates

  • At least 2 crew members have a valid First Aid Certificate

  • Master, C/O, watch keeping officers and C/E have good command of English (Marlin’s English test or equivalent (as per MCA guidelines)

  • The ship’s cook has a valid certificate of competency as ship’s cook

  • On vessels with a cargo crane, at least one of the crew has a valid Crane Operators Certificate (Preferred G11)

  • On vessels with a davit and workboat, at least one of the vessel’s crew has completed training in operating and maintaining this equipment


  • On vessels with an inline bunker winch, either the Captain or Chief Officer have previous experience with inline bunkering

  • In case vessels are required to come alongside Seismic Vessels for the first time, have Captains and Chief Officers completed familiarisation training or attended a bridge simulator course, before attempting any such manoeuvres for the first time?

  • Do the Master and C/O have previous seismic experience and local knowledge of the area of operation?

Crew Processes

  • Is there a formal competency assessment and periodical performance appraisal performed by the vessel owner for all the crew onboard?

  • Does the vessel record rest hours and work for all crew and does their policy comply with IMO/ILO requirements? (Review records)

  • What is the maximum contract duration for officers/crew?

  • Do critical personnel (e.g. Captain, Chief Officer & Chief Engineer) complete a handover period including familiarisation appropriate to their position?


  • Does the vessel have the required number of radars? Are the radars compliant with requirement concerning plotting aid and ARPA?

  • Does the vessel have paper charts or electronic charts or ECDIS on board (specify which) for the area of operation? Are they up to date?

  • Are navigation warnings and weather forecasts available?

  • Does the vessel have sufficient communication equipment and back up equipment as required by GMDSS and the company standard, to allow safe operations to take place?)

  • Does the vessel have an echo sounder?

  • Does the vessel have the required number and type of compasses?

  • Is an Autopilot system installed on the vessel?

  • Does the vessel have an AIS (Automatic Identification system) installed and what class?

  • Are there any facilities on board for visitor communications? Will clients have Internet access or access to a PC / printer?

  • Does the vessel have a working ALDIS lamp with backup source of power?

  • Is there an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) onboard?

  • Is there a SART (Search and Rescue Transponder) onboard?

  • If a flare gun is on-board, is there a risk assessment for the use of it?


  • Hospital (if present) is clean and tidy and stocked with medications (check expiry dates and validity of Medical Chest Certificate and note discrepancies)

  • Does the vessel have an AED? Are the crew familiar with it’s use?

  • Are all ladders and passageways clear and free of obstructions?

  • All cabins are clean and tidy, containing adequate supplies of clean bedding, linens, towels etc. as to meet the maximum number of passengers the vessel can carry and are all bunks constructed in such a way as to prevent persons falling out of bunks in rough weather

  • Vessel has sufficient common areas for passengers and such areas are kept clean, tidy, and well lit

  • All washrooms are kept clean, tidy with hand towels or dryers available

  • Vessel’s laundry area found to be sufficient and in working order and lint filters in dryers found clean

  • Is the vessel's fresh water supply tested? for legionella every 6 months? Are any other tests performed on the water supply? (Note type and date of last test)

  • Vessel has working air conditioning system and backup means of air cooling onboard

  • Are emergency exits and emergency escape routes clearly marked by self-illuminating stickers and signals? Are they functional, easy to open and free of obstruction?

  • Does the vessel have the capacity to isolate patients in case of infectious diseases outbreak (IDOM)

  • Food storage and preparation areas are free from any signs of infestation.

  • What food storage capacity does the vessel have? If deck containers, are they found in good condition? Check for evidence of maintenance of the food containers

  • Is there a fire blanket for the galley/mess room and is it mounted preferably outside the galley?

  • Is the galley found clean, tidy with adequate equipment maintained in a clean hygienic condition? Are colour coded cutting boards and knifes provided?

  • 18°C or lower, fish 18/Lower, fruit and vegetables 2/4°C, deep freeze 18°C)? Are records maintained?

  • Is food maintained at the right temperatures (frozen meat

  • Is all food found to be within the expiry dates?

  • The personnel alarm is functioning in refrigerated spaces

  • Mess room is clean and tidy with adequate equipment for serving hot food, a safety notice board and recreation area provided

  • Are waste bins segregated and emptied frequently?

  • Has the galley crew been familiarized with the fixed firefighting systems in the galley, and can they explain how to use it?

Deck & External Appearance

  • Vessel has clearly marked designated smoking areas, which should not be inside the superstructure?

  • Are all deck lights, search lights, position lights etc. in good working condition?

  • Walkways are clearly marked with non-slip coating applied

  • Are all ladders well maintained, steps made of a non-slip material? For ladders more than 1,8 m high, are adequate fall prevention measures in place?

  • IMO number clearly marked on superstructure

  • Are all W/T doors in good condition, watertight and capable of being properly secured?

Hull, Deck and Deck Equipment

  • Does the vessel have sufficient and adequate fendering, including Yokohama fenders (if required) for alongside operations offshore and are they in good condition?

  • Does the vessel have a clear embarkation area with no obstructions for workboat approach, including fenders, pad eyes, sea water discharge pipework etc., and support ropes at the boarding station?

  • Does the vessel have a cargo crane? Do all parts of the system have valid certificate? Is it in good condition and free of hydraulic leaks? Are periodical inspections and tests carried out and documented? (SWL should be marked on the crane)

  • Does the vessel have a davit suitable for the seismic workboat / FRC?

  • Is the davit and equipment fully certified? Is there a maintenance plan in place for annual inspections and regular checks, including hydraulics hoses and pipe fittings? Is the davit SWL marked?

  • Does the vessel have an in line bunker winch? Check validity of Certificates for the winch and hose

  • Where is the bunker manifold located? Is there a sufficient save-all under the manifold? What are the emergency stop arrangements for bunkering? Does the vessel have a remote emergency stop system? What are the means of communication between the bunker manifold, engine control room and bridge? Is a drip sample valve for taking bunker samples installed in the system?

  • Does the vessel have sufficient SOPEP equipment located in the vicinity of the bunker hose connection point to deal with spills during bunkering?

  • Is the vessel’s pilot embarkation ladder in good condition and of adequate size in accordance with regulations and certified?

  • Is the vessel’s gangway in good condition and long enough to provide safe access with SWL marked? Does the vessel’s planned maintenance system include inspection and maintenance of this equipment? Does it have a certificate of inspection that is less than 5 years old? (See MSC.1/Circ.1331)

  • Are the vessel mooring lines in good condition and certified? Are there spares? Are they of sufficient length?

  • Are both anchors ready to let go on arrival and departure to port or port operation?

  • Is the vessel windlass in working condition? Does the Vessel have capstans? Are they in good condition?

  • Are fairleads & bollards in good condition with no rust or corrosion or rough edges, and is the SWT clearly marked on all bollards?

  • Are paints, chemicals and hazardous material stored in a separate metal locker, properly vented, with fire precautions, and MSDS available for all the products in stock?

  • If there is oxygen-acetylene set onboard, are the bottles securely clamped to a Vessel structure? Are they stored in a well-ventilated place? Is there a flash-back arrestor for the acetylene bottle? Are oxygen and acetylene stored separately?

  • Does the vessel have a designated area for storing garbage prior to disposal at an appropriate facility? (Note the capacity in terms of the average number of days’ worth of garbage that can be contained in this area)

  • Is the vessel hull free from large dents (no cracks)? All markings in good condition and well maintained and fixed fenders in good condition?

  • Are all vents and air pipes on freeboard deck in good condition and fitted with closing devices to prevent ingress of water?

  • Is the deck including any wooden planking, well maintained and non-slip coating applied as required?

  • Are a designated cargo area and PPE zones properly marked on the deck?

LSA & Emergency Preparedness

  • Are there manual alarm buttons in accommodation, galley, and machinery spaces, and do the alarm bells work satisfactorily?

  • Are all escape hatches and escape routes watertight and free from obstruction? Are all escape routes marked (signs & arrows)? Are all escape hatches properly marked on the outside: "Escape Hatch - Keep Clear", and easy to open from the inside?

  • Does the vessel have a Muster list/crew list posted at the Muster Station (either laminated or in a waterproof container)?

  • The vessel has sufficient SOLAS approved life rafts which are properly marked and in date (check service certificates)

  • The vessel has sufficient SOLAS approved life rafts which are properly marked and in date (check service certificates)

  • The hydrostatic release units are attached properly and are in date

  • Lifeboats/FRC’s are in good condition and are correctly marked with operating instructions posted? Are the engines tested regularly (note last test date) and when was the last annual inspection of the Lifeboat/FRC(s)

  • Does the vessel have suitable equipment for MOB recovery? Is it fully certified and crew are familiar with its use?

  • Lifebuoys, lifebuoy quick release mechanisms and self-activating smoke signals are in good condition

  • Does the vessel’s fixed firefighting system appear in good condition and is in date (check service certificates)

Operational Capabilities

  • Is the vessel capable to perform duties of clearing fish traps and liaison with local fishing fleets (Escort Picket, and Guard)?

  • Is the vessel able to perform offshore gangway transfers, davit-to-davit transfer, or davit to pilot ladder transfer?

  • Is the vessel crew familiar with the following tasks: scouting; standby for work boat/helicopter operations; emergency recovery of seismic equipment; temperature, salinity dip; acoustic pinging; passive acoustic monitoring

  • Is the vessel capable of towing? Does it have a bollard pull certificate? Date of issue?

  • Is there an arrangement in place for the emergency tow of the seismic vessel?

  • Does the vessel have a TS Dip winch? Is there evidence in the PMS of it being maintained in line with manufacturer's recommendations? Are the crew experienced in using this equipment?

  • Does the vessel have a suitable winch for recovery of streamer sections, with SWL marked and evidence of maintenance in the Vessel's PMS?

  • Is the vessel able to carry out temporary storage of seismic equipment and streamer handling?

  • Does the vessel have safe storage facilities with adequate firefighting equipment for the transportation of Lithium batteries?

  • Is the vessel able to re-supply fuel and/or general stores?

  • Are the bunkering hoses in good condition and all certificates in order?

  • Does the vessel have suitable ToDo couplings for bunkering onboard? (If not, specify what couplings it does have onboard and whether they are dry break

  • Does the vessel have fuel-testing kits onboard? (Note number of kits)

  • Does the vessel have chemicals for treatment of biological contamination in the fuel onboard? (Note manufacturer and quantity onboard)

  • Is the vessel fitted with a working freshwater maker? Are there sufficient spares to maintain it?

  • Have the freshwater tanks been inspected recently? What is the actual capacity of the Fresh Water tanks?

  • Does the vessel have equipment for recovery of FAD’s?

  • Are there boat hooks and grappling hooks available?

  • Crane and winches for recovery?

  • Does the vessel have equipment for recovery of FAD’s? Crane and winches for recovery? Do they have a procedure and a risk assessment for the job in place? Are there adequate PPE and harnesses available for back deck work and is it used?

Engine Room

  • As part of the SMS, does the vessel have a planned maintenance system in place covering critical equipment defined as per ISM 10.3 and Flag state requirements? Are critical spares defined on board the vessel and is a current list available?

  • What type of PMS system is used and is it fully updated without any critical overdue jobs?

  • Is critical equipment defined as per ISM? Is operationally sensitive equipment defined with 100% redundancy? Are sufficient spares available to maintain both critical and sensitive equipment?

  • Do maintenance records show periodical testing of stand-by machinery or equipment?

  • Does the vessel have a supply of spare parts for bunker hoses, couplings etc.?

  • Is the engine room well maintained as per industry good practice, and is there adequate supply of spares?

  • The vessel has not had major maintenance work requiring down time undertaken within the last 12 months?

  • Is there or has there been any leaks from the stern tube withing the last 12 months?

  • Is there redundancy of the propulsion system?

  • Is there an oily water separator on board? Is it working? Last tested?

  • If the Vessel has a bow-thruster, is it working?

  • When were the fuel tanks last inspected?

  • Are bilge pumps working? Are there backup bilge pumps? Are they working?

  • What is the vessel’s sludge capacity? And if they can receive sludge?

  • Does the Vessel have spark arrestors on all engine exhausts?

  • Are electrical switchboard meters functioning properly and grounding indicator showing no faults?

  • What is the vessel’s actual deliverable fuel capacity (m3)?


  • Does the Vessel regularly inspect all fixed and portable electrical equipment or tools for failure, signs of wear, evidence of damage or risk of injury?

  • Does the vessel have a fuel flowmeter onboard (note type and date of last calibration)?

  • Are cargo fuel transfer pumps in good working condition and delivery rate is in line with pump specifications? Check delivery and maintenance records

  • Does the vessel have a supply of spare parts for bunker hoses, couplings etc.?

Engine Room Appearance

  • Engine room lighting is found to be adequate

  • Engine room access, ladders and walkways are clean and clear of any obstructions and all trip hazards have been identified and marked accordingly, including overhead hazards

  • Emergency exits and emergency escape routes are clearly marked by self-illuminating stickers and signals

  • Good housekeeping is maintained in the engine room, machinery space and workshops

  • Are entrances to enclosed spaces marked as danger areas due to low atmospheric oxygen content?

  • Are Chief Engineer's standing orders posted in the ECR or control station? Does it cover shutdown in case of serious events e.g Leaks / fire etc?

  • Do all the engineers understand their authority and responsibility in emergency etc?

  • Are machinery, pipes, and equipment all free of visible leaks of oil or water?

  • Are guards provided for any belt driven equipment and rotating couplings in way of engine passages?

  • Are engine room floors and deck plates fixed and railings properly secured, stairways properly marked for trip hazards?

  • Electrical panels, wires and electrical fixtures are in good condition, protected and free of dust, grease, or sign of rust from external leaking water?

  • UMS alarm (if present), general and fire alarm all functional and tested regularly?

  • Is there splash protection in place for fuel and oil pipes? (Solas ref. 11-2/15.2.11)

  • Are noise-warning signs posted as appropriate?

  • All lagging should be free from oil, grease or other flammable contaminants and maintained without exposed hot surfaces? (Check that there are no unlagged/exposed hot surfaces above 220°C in the vicinity of fuel, hydraulic and lubricating oil pipes. All machinery insulation and shielding should be properly fitted and fit for purpose) Ref SOLAS Reg. II-2/15.2.10) Do the vessel have a handheld thermometer to do hot spot checks regularly?

  • Is the crew familiar with all fixed firefighting systems in the engine-room? Do they have good knowledge of 2nd dairy systems?

  • Are the engine room bilges clean and free of oily residues?

  • Is the engine room free of any exhaust leaks or similar?


  • Are all fire extinguishers in good condition and in date (check service certificates)

  • Fireman’s suits are easily accessible and ready for immediate deployment

  • The vessel’s fire hoses are all stored properly and ready for immediate use

  • The vessel has sufficient approved SOLAS lifejackets onboard and all are fitted with whistles and lights as per requirements

  • Does the vessel have sufficient SOLAS immersion suits for the total number of people onboard

  • EEBDs, BA sets and air bottles are available for immediate use

  • The vessel has an adequate supply of PPE for all crew onboard in line with their PPE Policy and PPE Matrix with a sufficient supply of spares? Were the crew seen using appropriate PPE during the inspection?

  • Are certified safety harnesses with certified attachment point suitably positioned, provided for personnel working in areas where there is danger of falling, and are they maintained according to manufacturer’s instructions. ?

  • Are there first aid kits as required for the Vessel class, with the minimum required contents?

  • Are there eye wash stations available for crew in critical places (engine room, deck), clean and ready to use

  • Is there an emergency lighting system with working emergency power supply (DC24V battery banks)?

  • Are there enough pyrotechnics equipment as required by Flag State and are they of approved type?

  • Are safety meetings held periodically in line with the owner’s schedule (note date of last meeting)

  • Is there evidence of drills being held onboard in line with the owner’s schedule (note any deviations)

  • Are deck walkways clean and clear of any obstructions and all trip hazards have been identified and marked accordingly where applicable?

TES1: Function test of MOB Launching:

  • Rigging of boat, swinging it out and lowering it to sea level if weather permits?

  • MOB crew shall be dressed in survival suits

  • Demonstrate all MOB equipment

TES 2: Function test of emergency fire pump:

  • Start fire pump, Test remote starts if installed.

  • Pump shall be run for adequate time with two hoses connected to ensure safe operation

TES 3: Function test of emergency steering gear:

  • Test communication and check gyro heading

  • Test manual hand steering

  • Test both pumps and time rudder from hard to port and hard to starboard

TES 4: Alarms

  • Open CO2 cabinet to hear alarm and shut down of fans

  • General engine alarms, light and sound

TES 5: Function test of crane

  • Including preparation before crane operation

  • Observe toolbox meeting

  • Review checklist/JSA

TES 6: Fire Drill

  • Alarm to be sounded, crew muster, dress up, medical team muster, rig hoses and use BA sets

  • Note time taken for crew to muster and don fireman's suits

TES 7 : Tank entering measuring equipment test:

  • Check equipment is functional

  • Note date of last calibration

TES 8: Testing of emergency release of towing hook:

  • Test from all release stations

TES 9: Function test of anchor winches and anchor

  • Check brake band and test winch

TES 10: Check fire dampers, fire flaps etc.:

  • Check that fire dampers and flaps can be closed and opened fully

  • Do they have proper PPE on the technical team in case of high temperatures on closing devices etc

TES 11: Quick closing fuel valves

  • Last test of all Quick closing valves?

  • If possible, test some of the valves during the inspection

  • Test emergency lighting

TES 12: Test of Emergency lighting

  • Test emergency lighting in engine room

  • Test emergency lighting in accommodation

TES 13: Emergency Generator

  • Emergency generator starting?

  • Check emergency generator has sufficient fuel?

  • Check that emergency generator has 2 separate starting mechanisms

TES 14: Workboat davit

  • Work boat davit test?

  • Function check of davit and equipment?

  • Proper PPE for davit crew?

TES 15: Oily water separator

  • Last function test?

  • Can engineers demonstrate the use of the equipment?

  • Date of sensor cell?

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