Fishing vessel survey and inspection: guide for owners and operators

Guide to help you prepare and present your vessel properly for survey and inspection.


It pays to be prepared for your next fishing vessel survey: quick guide to survey preparation

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Use this guide to help prepare for a survey. It explains what the surveyor will be looking at during the ‘out of water’ and ‘on board’ survey.

Find out what things you can check before the survey or inspection so that you can identify and solve problems beforehand.

The areas covered by the guide include:

Applying for Inspection or Survey

Relevant Codes

Out of water Inspection/Survey



Construction, Watertight and Weathertight Integrity

Stability and Freeboard


Fire Protection, Detection and Fighting

Protection of Crew

Life Saving Appliances

Emergency Procedures

Man Overboard

Radio and Navigation Safety

Crew Accommodation

Training and Certification

Vessels New to the Register

Further Advice

Legislation and Guidance

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Published 1 March 2009
Last updated 30 January 2020 + show all updates
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