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Diploma in Marine Surveying

The leading international marine and ship surveying training course by distance learning

Starts: 23 November 2017

Delivered by tutored distance learning

During the course you will study the following modules:


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Introduction to Marine Surveying

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the structure of the maritime industry
  • Explain the regulatory and Classification control of ships
  • Evaluate the role of the surveyor in various scenarios and survey types
  • The structure of the maritime industry
  • The world fleet
  • Classification societies
  • Regulation of the industry
  • The International Maritime Organization (IMO)
  • Marine surveyors, survey organisations and how you define them
  • Knowing your customers
  • Types of surveys
  • When things go wrong


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Relationship between Surveyors and their Clients

Learning Outcomes:

  • Evaluate clients’ needs and advise them on suitable services and surveys
  • Demonstrate customer communication skills
  • Monitor and control customer satisfaction and level of service provided
  • Professional status
  • Professional reputation
  • Recommendations
  • Building client relationships
  • The importance of trust
  • Refusing or abandoning surveys
  • Requests for survey
  • Clients requirements
  • Terms and conditions of surveys
  • Delivery of service
  • Payment for services
  • Quality of service and quality assurance
  • Monitoring of customer satisfaction
  • Handling of complaints


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Business Skills for Surveyors

Learning Outcomes:

  • Produce an effective business plan
  • Analyse figures to produce financial forecasts
  • Write a professional report
  • Marketing/business development
  • Producing a business plan
  • Obtaining financial support
  • Survey report writing
  • Protecting your company and its staff
  • Financial skills for surveyors


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Laws and Conventions relating to Marine Surveying

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss the legal aspects of the role of the surveyor
  • Describe the relationship between surveyors and the legal profession
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the surveyor’s obligation to courts of law
  • The relationship of the surveyor with the legal profession
  • The law of contract
  • The law of Tort (Negligence)
  • Liability and its extent
  • Responsibility for the acts of others
  • Registration and Conveyance of Ships
  • Admiralty court jurisdiction
  • Collisions and salvage
  • Towage and pilotage
  • Pollution
  • Shipping law
  • Contract of carriage, bailment and international conventions
  • Charterparties
    • Time
    • Voyage
    • Bareboat
  • Law of Evidence


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Marine Surveying and Insurance

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explain the various insurance policies utilised in the maritime industry
  • Describe how the ISM Code influences maritime surveying and insurance
  • Discuss the operation of P&I clubs and their significance to the surveyor
  • Personal liability
  • Marine insurance law
  • Interaction of marine policies
  • Cargo - carriage of goods by sea
  • Hull and machinery
  • Other policies
  • Cargo
    • Freight demurrage
    • Loss of hire
    • P&I
  • P&I
    • Introduction to P&I Clubs
    • Scope of cover
    • The ‘pay to be paid’ rule
    • People claims (personal injury)
    • Collisions and salvage
    • Fixed and floating objects (FFO)
    • Towage and pilotage
    • General average
    • Pollution
  • Limitation and forum shopping
  • Ship inspection regimes
  • ISM code/evidence
  • Dispute resolution
  • Summary and future developments


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The Surveyor’s Role in Incident and Accident Investigation

Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the roles of official investigating bodies
  • Discuss the requirements of the IMO Casualty Investigation Code
  • Explain the purpose and objectives of accident investigation
  • The background to marine incident investigation
  • The casualty investigation code
    • The role of investigating flag states
    • The role of substantially interested states
    • Mandatory standards
    • Recommended practices
  • Cooperation of interested parties
  • Legal rights of the surveyor when being interviewed
  • Legal rights of witnesses when being interviewed
  • The human factor in incident investigation
  • Initial actions in the investigation
  • Managing the investigation
  • Witnesses and interviews
  • Collecting physical evidence
  • Analysis of evidence
  • Human factors
  • Analysis, tools and techniques
  • Developing conclusions and making recommendations
  • Witness interviewing
    • Interviewing skills
  • The cognitive interview
  • Systematic nature of incidents
  • The domino effect of incidents
  • Case studies


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Naval Architecture for Marine Surveyors

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss ship structures using naval architecture nomenclature
  • Include correct structural terminology in reports
  • Explain ships’ structural strength, areas of highest stress and structural details
  • Advise on matters affecting structural strength and ships stability
  • Introduction to naval architecture
  • Basic principles of naval architecture
  • Naval architecture nomenclature
  • Ships principle dimensions
  • Primary and secondary structure
  • Strength giving structural components
    • Structural failures and their causes
  • Highly stressed areas of the structure
  • Rudders
  • Buoyancy
  • Stability
  • Strength and scantlings
  • Draught and air draught
  • Resistance and propulsion
  • Impact of the computer
  • Design considerations
  • Area and volumes
  • Moments
  • Approximate integration
  • Damaged vessels


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Marine Engineering and Systems for Surveyors

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the various engineering systems onboard ships
  • Identify critical equipment and the surveyors interaction with such equipment
  • Discuss various maintenance methods for shipboard equipment
  • Introduction to marine engineering
  • Marine engineering nomenclature
  • Ship design and engine room layouts
  • Diesel engine working principles
  • Slow, medium and high speed engines
  • Diesel engine parts
  • Other main means of propulsion
  • Power transmission
  • Boilers
  • Feed systems
  • Piping systems and pumps
  • Purifiers
  • Gas exchange systems
  • Fuels and fuel systems
  • Lubricants and lubricating systems
  • Cooling systems
  • Starting air systems
  • Shafting and propellers
  • Refrigeration, air-conditioning and ventilation
  • Deck machinery and equipment
  • Steering gear
  • Electricity and electrical equipment
  • Bridge control and emergency systems
  • Safety and operation of diesel engines
  • Maintenance of ship’s machinery


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Hull and Structural Surveys

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explain the requirements of a hull structural survey
  • Describe the common findings of hull structural surveys
  • Identify and analyse structural corrosion patterns
  • Introduction
  • Ship and large yacht structures
  • Materials of construction
  • Primary hull-girder and local loads
  • Structural design criteria
  • Materials of construction
  • Deterioration of materials
  • Welding
  • Preparation for surveys
  • Failures of ships’ structure
  • Periodic surveys of ships’ hulls
  • Inspections of the ship’s structure
  • Areas of inspection
  • Non destructive testing
  • Putting theory to practice
  • Damage repair survey
  • Corrosion
  • Coating condition


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Safety and Security Surveys

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss the importance and relevance of realistic safety drills
  • Explain the purpose of SOLAS and COLREGS and how survey procedures promote safety and ensure compliance
  • Describe and complete the necessary documentation needed to record processes regarding safety standards and compliance
  • Onboard Alarms
  • Safety drills
    • Fire
    • MOB
    • Abandon Ship
    • SOPEP / SMPEP related
  • International safety standards
  • Introduction to Safety Surveys
  • The role of the IMO
  • The role of governments
  • Surveys and certification
  • Classification societies and IACS
  • Harmonising surveys and certification
  • Documents of compliance
  • Reports and records
  • Sub-standard ships
  • Port State Control
  • Life-saving appliances
  • Fire protection, detection and extinction
  • Navigational aids and equipment


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Non-Liquid Cargo Surveys

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss the need for and the different types of cargo surveys
  • Explain the common causes of cargo damage
  • Describe the role of the cargo surveyor with specific cargoes
  • General principles
  • Origins of damage
  • Storages
  • Lashing/securing
  • General cargo
  • Heavy lifts
  • Unitised cargoes
  • Bulk cargoes
  • Hazardous cargoes
  • Deep tank cargoes
  • Specific surveys
  • Damage and loss surveys


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Liquid Cargo Surveys

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe how the changes in cargo quality can occur and the methods of detection used
  • Explain the regulations and guidelines covering cargo stowage
  • Evaluate cargo calculations which include vapour as well as liquid quantities
  • An introduction to liquid cargo surveys
  • Origins of damage
  • The stowage of liquid cargoes
  • Liquid volume measurements and on-board cargo care
  • Crude mineral oil
  • Petroleum products
  • Bulk chemical cargoes
  • Liquefied gas cargoes
  • Animal/vegetable oils and fats


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Superyachts Surveys

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the different types and basic requirements of each survey required for ocean going superyachts
  • Recognise the importance of the survey with regards to machinery breakdowns
  • State the common faults and defects with regards to hull structures across the different yacht materials used
  • Overview of the reasons for and the types of survey required by Superyachts
    • Class surveys
    • Tonnage measurement and registration surveys
    • Safety surveys
    • Pre-delivery surveys
    • Breakdown surveys
    • Damage surveys
  • The survey of yacht machinery and equipment
    • Primary power plant surveys
    • Auxiliary machinery
    • Electrical equipment
    • Navigation and communication equipment
    • Safety and fire fighting equipment
  • Breakdown surveys and fault finding
    • Main power plant faults
    • Pumping systems
  • Faults and defects - hull and deck
    • Surveying hull structures
    • Defects in coatings


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Marine Environmental Surveys

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the reasons why the shipping industry needs to take action to comply with international legislation regarding the environment
  • Discuss the role of the environment marine surveyor
  • Discuss the different risks to the marine habitat and the techniques used to survey and monitor them

Part I - Marine Environmental Surveying

  • The need for marine environmental surveying
  • The main categories of marine environmental surveying
  • Surveys, surveillance and monitoring techniques of marine habitats and communities
  • Assessing the environmental impact of pollution incidents in the marine environment
    • Oil
    • Chemical
    • Flotsam and Jetsam
    • Air pollution
      • NOx pollution
      • SOx pollution
    • - Noise
  • Assessing the impact of the ports and shipping industry on the marine environment
  • Assessing the environmental impact of the introduction of non-native marine species
  • Case studies

Part II - Potential Risks and Impacts of Shipping on the Marine Environment

  • Oil spills
  • Operational pollution
  • Invasive species in ballast water
  • Anti-fouling paints
  • Ship-breaking/recycling
  • Air pollution
  • Ballast water
  • Anti fouling
  • Scrapping and disposal


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Marine Engineering and Systems Surveys

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss the scope and techniques used for marine engineering surveys
  • Evaluate the merits of the independent marine engineering surveyor over the surveying powers of the Chief Engineer
  • Introduction
    • Scope of marine engineering surveys
    • Preparation for survey
    • Techniques
  • The role of classification societies
    • Ensuring that the ship and machinery comply
    • Classed and non classed items
    • Class approved service providers
      • Diving companies
      • NDT companies
      • Radio survey companies
  • Surveying powers of the Chief Engineer
    • Prevention of detention by Port State Control
    • Type approval of equipment
    • Class approved
    • Marine Equipment Directive
  • The work of the independent marine engineering surveyor
    • Discussions with engine room staff
    • Main propulsion machinery
    • Handling of equipment
    • Prime movers and power transmission
    • Auxiliary machinery (inc HVAC systems)
    • Pumps and pumping systems
    • Electrical equipment
    • Deck machinery


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International Safety Management (ISM) Code Surveys

Learning Outcomes:

  • Evaluate the different types of audit for the ISM Code
  • Describe how to build a safety management system
  • Discus the relationship between the legislation connected to and influencing the ISM Code
  • Auditors qualifications
  • Study, interpretation and enforcement
    • Thirteen lessons with examples
  • Techniques for implementation of a Safety Management System (SMS) in a shipping company
  • Initial assessment, action plans for creating and implementing a SMS
  • Operation of the system ashore and on-board and training of the entire personnel
  • Assessment and presentation for certification
  • ISM Audit
    • Special ISM audit techniques
  • Continuous compliance assessment
  • Miscellaneous
    • How to present your system to the possible customer
    • How to restart a dormant existing system
    • Theoretical efficiency of the ISM Code
    • Necessary and probable improvement of management of safety


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Marine Warranty Surveys

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the relationship between warranty surveys and marine insurance principles
  • Discuss who is deemed competent and suitable to carry out warranty surveys
  • Explain the role of the warranty surveyor and the purpose of such surveys
  • Introduction to warranty surveys
  • Background to marine insurance
  • Role of the warranty surveyor
    • Selection
    • Appointment
  • Commercial and professional relationships between:
    • Warranty surveyor
    • The client
    • The underwriting market


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Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU) Surveys

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the difference in regulations between MODU’s and ships
  • Explain how the operational requirements of a MODU differ from that of a Ship
  • Recognise and analyse the surveying techniques and regimes for MODU’s
  • Discuss the auxiliary equipment specialist to a MODU
  • Introduction to Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODU)
  • Regulatory control and certification
  • Construction, strength and material
  • Subdivision, stability and freeboard of MODU
  • Machinery installations onboard MODU
  • Electrical installations
  • Periodically unattended machinery spaces onboard MODU
  • Fire safety
  • Life saving appliances onboard MODU
  • Radiocommunications and navigation
  • Lifting devices, personnel and pilot transfer
  • Helicopter facilities of MODU
  • MODU operations

I found the course very useful and the materials loaded with detailed information. The entire literature is very good for daily consultation in my work