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Certificate in Marine Warranty Surveying

Learn how warranty surveys reduce risks in major marine transportation and construction projects - training course by tutored distance learning

Commences: 25th October 2017

Delivered by tutored distance learning

During the course you will study the following modules:


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Warranties, Insurance Markets and Legal Frameworks

At the end of this module you will:

  • Be aware of the history of marine insurance
  • Understand the role and meanings of different types of warranty clauses
  • Know what warranties are implied or expressed and how they affect the insurance contract
  • Understand the role and meanings of different types of warranty clauses
  • Have an overview of the different types of 'warranty survey' a surveyor may be asked to undertake
  • Understand that the roles of the assured/insured, surveyor and underwriters vary
  • Introduction to marine insurance
    • History and development
  • Introduction to warranty surveying
  • Defining marine insurance warranties
    • Nature and purpose
  • Different insurance markets and their survey requirements
  • The various London Market joint committees
    • Joint Hull Committee (JHC)
    • Joint Cargo Committee (JCC)
    • Joint Rig Committee (JRC)
  • The committees’ warranties and codes of practice
  • English law implications
    • Marine Insurance Act 1906
    • Breach of warranties


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The Warranty Surveyor’s Role, Liability, Reports and Certificates

At the end of this module you will:

  • Be aware of who appoints you to carry out a warranty survey and ultimately pays you
  • Understand the relationships between the parties
  • Have an understanding of your role as a marine warranty surveyor
  • Know how to make your recommendations
  • Fully understand the required outcomes of a marine warranty survey
  • Be aware of the possible liabilities that the surveyor may experience
  • Know how to protect yourself against such liabilities
  • Be familiar with report writing techniques and the issue of certificates
  • Be aware of the legal documents required as a consequence of the marine warranty survey
  • Who appoints surveyors for warranty surveys?
    • Key parties and relationships during the survey
    • Who pays the bill?
  • The role of the appointed surveyor and assured
    • Advising and recommendations
  • The approval process
  • The required outcomes of the survey
  • Qualifications and experience
  • Surveyor’s liability
    • Protecting yourself
    • Terms and conditions of service
    • Professional Indemnity Insurance
  • Report writing and issuing certificates
    • Legal documents


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Condition, Port Risk, Lay-up and Reactivation Surveys

At the end of this module you will:

  • Be familiar with the reasons for and principles of condition survey reporting formats and presentation
  • Have an understanding of the history of JHC warranties and the reasons for these
  • Be aware and familiar with the various JHC requirements and guidelines
  • Understand the principles of port risk surveys and their methodology
  • Have a good knowledge of lay up and reactivation surveys together with their reporting


  • Condition surveys
    • Report formats
    • JHC warranties history and development
    • Present application
    • JH722, JH115, JH115A, JH2006-010 A, B, C and D
  • Port risk surveys
    • Why and where they are used
    • Hot work or no hot work
    • Renewal of certificates
  • Lay-up and reactivation surveys
    • Different levels and locations


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Towage and Voyage Approval, Stowage and Tie-Down

By the end of this module you will:

  • Be familiar with the legal and practical aspects of tow approval surveys
  • Have an understanding of the towage of damaged vessels
  • Be familiar with towage of barges, ships and drydocks
  • Understand the principles behind scrap voyages
  • Have a good knowledge of the stowage and tie-down of project cargoes on ships
  • Have an understanding of, and reasons for, the carriage of cranes


  • Towage
    • Barges
    • Ships
    • Drydocks
    • Multiple tugs
    • Emergency towing gear
    • Limitations of the Certificate of Approval
  • Voyage approval
    • Damaged ships
    • Scrap voyages
  • Stowage and tie-down of project cargoes on ships
    • Work scope agreements
    • Key high value items
  • Carriage of cranes
  • Roles of the various parties and interrelationships


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Carriage of Yachts, Terminal and Shipyard Risk Assessment

At the end of this module you will:

  • Have an understanding of the principles and practices used in the loading of deck cargoes and yachts aboard merchant vessels
  • Have an appreciation of needs for and methodology employed in port and terminal risk assessments
  • Be familiar with JH143 requirements for shipyard risk assessments
  • Understand the principles of shipyard risk assessments and the methodology adopted
  • Be familiar with builders’ risk insurance and the surveyor's obligations
  • Loading and carriage of yachts
  • Causes of losses
  • Specific factors relating to yachts
  • Port and terminal surveys
    • What are they?
    • Why are they needed?
  • Shipyard risk assessment
    • History
    • Application to various shipyard types
    • Yard risks
    • Vessel risks
    • Builders’ risk


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Offshore and Energy Related Surveys

At the end of this module you will:

  • Be familiar with the JRC code of practice and scope of work for rig surveys
  • Have an understanding of the various types of warranty surveys in the offshore oil and gas industry
  • Be familiar with mooring warranty survey procedures
  • Understand the principles and operations involved in float over activities
  • Have an understanding of Rig Move and anchor spreading activities
  • Have a good knowledge of the wind farm industry, technology and survey requirements
  • Where are warranties used in the energy and offshore sector?
  • Marine Warranty Surveyors’ code of practice
    • What actions are expected of surveyors in this field?
  • Work scope agreement
    • What surveyors are expected to do for each type of instruction
  • Types of operation
    • Key responsibilities
    • Mooring warranty surveys
    • Float over operations
  • Examples of some warranty surveys in energy and offshore fields
    • Rig tows
    • Anchor spreads
    • Lay-up of rigs
  • Wind farm infrastructure installation

Excellent choice of improving my knowledge.

Dietrich Ludtke,

 Marine Superintendents Ltd.