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Diploma in Small Craft Surveying

Aimed specifically at surveyors of small commercial and leisure vessels - training course by distance learning

Commences: 28th April 2017

During the course you will study the following modules:


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Small Craft Survey Practice

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the structure of the small craft industry and the environment in which today’s small craft surveyor operates
  • Comprehend the strategy for maritime safety
  • Implement health and safety practice
  • Discuss marine survey practice with regard to small craft
  • Structure of the small craft industry
    • Regulatory environment
    • Registration and classification
    • Types of small craft
  • Structure of the maritime industry
  • Strategy for maritime safety
    • Structure of International Maritime Organization
    • International strategy for safety
    • SOLAS, ISM Code and Port State control
    • Shore based safety requirements
  • Risk management and formal safety assessment
  • Quality surveys, inspections and audits
  • Small craft surveys and surveyors and their needs
    • Types of surveys
    • Roles of a surveyor
  • Managing a small craft surveying business


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Business Skills for the Surveyor

Learning Outcomes:

  • Comprehend the financial, budgeting and accounting requirements for a marine surveying business
  • Construct and formulate an effective report
  • Identify and discuss the use of effective tools to enhance the report
  • Implement a business plan in order to create a small craft surveying business
  • Marketing/business development
  • Producing a business plan
  • Obtaining financial support
  • Protecting your company and its staff
  • Communication and negotiation skills
  • Financial skills for surveyors
  • Survey report writing
    • Structure and style
    • Relevant small craft codes and conventions to include
    • Presentations
    • Using technology to your advantage


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Occupational Health and Safety

Learning Outcomes:

  • Recognise the legal obligations relating to health and safety at work
  • Assess risk and maintain control measures
  • Identify key types of occupational risk relating to small craft marine surveys
  • Understand the requirements to report accidents through the appropriate channels
  • Relevant legislation
  • Assessing risk and principles of control
  • Occupational health hazards and controls
  • Confined space safety
  • Safe access and egress
  • Lone working
  • Accident reporting and recording


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Marine Surveying Law

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify the sources of English law
  • Evaluate the legal obligations of a surveyor when undertaking instructions from a principal
  • Analyse how contract law and binding contracts are relevant to the small craft surveyor
  • Evaluate how fundamentals and applications of English Tort Law apply to small craft surveyors
  • Introduction to law
  • The relationship of the surveyor with the legal profession
  • Sources of English law
  • The European dimension
  • Law of Contract
  • Law of Tort
  • The Maritime and Coastguard Agency and Industry Codes of Practice


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Marine Insurance for Surveyors

Learning Outcomes:

  • Analyse the impact that key marine insurance policies have on a small craft survey
  • Describe the risks that are covered under the key marine insurance policies
  • Evaluate the concept of P&I clubs and their relevance to the small craft surveyor
  • Introduction
    • The relationship between insurers and surveyors
    • The growth and origins of marine insurance
  • Maritime and marine insurance law
  • Hull and machinery cover - general
  • Hull and machinery cover - small craft
  • Liability to third parties
  • Collision, salvage and pollution
  • Personal injury
  • Claims
  • Disputes and dispute resolution
  • Liability of surveyors
  • Future developments


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Safety Surveys for Small Craft

Learning Outcomes:

  • Evaluate the roles of the national, regional and international regulating bodies that are responsible for maritime safety
  • Identify the safety regulations that apply to small craft
  • Explain the European recreational craft directive and the Boat Safety Scheme
  • Describe how the regulations concerning lifesaving appliances, fire fighting and navigation equipment apply to small craft
  • Introduction to safety surveys
    • The role of governments and administering institutions (eg: MCA, RYA)
    • COLREGs with regards to small craft
    • Surveys and certification including the Recreational Craft Directive (RCD)
    • MCA Small Commercial Vessel and Pilot Boat Code
    • Standard setting bodies
    • Documents and compliance
    • Reports and records
  • Lifesaving appliances
    • Introduction
    • Preparation for surveys
    • Personal lifesaving appliances
    • Visual signals
    • Line-throwing appliances, emergency lighting and general alarm systems
    • Testing and type approval of lifesaving appliances
    • Surveys training
  • Fire protection, detection and extinction
    • Introduction
    • Preparation for surveys
    • Structural fire protection
    • Fire detecting equipment
    • Small craft fixed fire-extinguishing equipment
    • Fire control plans
  • Navigational aids and equipment
    • Introduction
    • Preparation for surveys
    • Navigational aids and equipment
    • Testing and type approval of navigational equipment


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Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the concept of stability as it applies to small craft
  • Understand and accurately apply stability calculations
  • Evaluate how stability is affected by hull penetration, flooding and free surface effect
  • Analyse stability applications and identify which vessels are required to carry stability information
  • Basic concepts
  • Flotation
  • Stability criteria including free surface effect
  • Inclining experiments
  • SCV Code application
  • Stability related survey items


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Naval Architecture for Small Craft

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe small craft structures using naval architecture nomenclature
  • Apply the correct structural terminology in reports
  • Evaluate small craft structural strength, areas of highest stress and structural details
  • Identify matters affecting structural strength and vessels stability
  • Introduction to small craft naval architecture
  • Basic principles of naval architecture
  • Naval architecture nomenclature
  • The principle dimensions of small craft
  • Primary and secondary structure
  • Strength giving structural components
  • Buoyancy
  • Trim and stability
  • Draught and air draught
  • Resistance and propulsion
  • Design considerations
  • Area and volumes
  • Moments
  • Approximate integration
  • Damaged vessels


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Small Craft Structures: Design, Construction, Survey and Repair

Learning Outcomes:

  • Categorise the types of small craft and the means of their construction
  • Describe the different methods of construction
  • Interpret the Class Society rules, the European Recreational Craft directive and the MCA Small Commercial Vessel Code as they apply to small craft construction
  • Discuss structural design criteria, failure modes and failure mechanisms
  • Identify construction materials, construction quality standards and the signs of deterioration
  • Demonstrate hull structural survey practice
  • Small craft methods of construction
  • Classification Society and EC Directive new construction standards
  • Classification Society and ISO 12215 requirements for hull structural strength
  • EC Directive for Recreational Craft (RCD)
  • MCA Small Commercial Vessel Code of Practice, and newMCA Workboat and Pilot Boat Code of Practice, hull safety construction requirements
  • Hull structural elements and scantling criteria
  • Critically stressed areas
  • Rudders, keels and anchors
  • Structural failure modes and failure mechanisms
  • Watertight and weathertight integrity
  • Fibre reinforced plastic hulls
  • Aluminium and steel hulls
  • Wood hulls
  • Deterioration of materials
  • Welding, bonding and mechanical connections
  • Hull surveys
    • New construction; FRP, aluminium and steel hulls
    • Existing craft condition survey; FRP, aluminium and steel hulls
    • Existing craft damage surveys; FRP, aluminium and steel hulls
  • Hull defects and repairs
  • Coatings
  • Planned maintenance


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Small Craft Engineering

Learning Outcomes:

  • Categorise the types on main and auxiliary marine engines found on small craft
  • Identify the fuels, lubricants and the fuel and lubricant systems used
  • Describe the propulsion systems used on small craft
  • Explain the different electrical systems and equipment used on small craft
  • Describe the maintenance systems required on small craft
  • Introduction to small craft engineering
  • ISO standard requirements
  • Small craft design and construction
  • Types of engines
  • Diesel engine parts
  • Power transmission
  • Fuels and fuel systems
  • Lubricants and lubricating systems
  • Starting 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 vessel machinery


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Inland Waterways and Canal Craft

Learning Outcomes:

  • Analyse the application of the rules, codes and directives for inland waterway and canal craft
  • Identify the construction and materials used
  • Explain the gas systems and ventilation used on inland waterways and canal craft
  • Regulations
  • Initial details
    • Craft details
    • Craft type
    • Survey location and conditions
    • Craft history
  • Construction and materials
  • Areas of anticipated hull and stern gear problems
  • Safety equipment
  • Machinery spaces
  • Fuel systems and storage
  • Fresh water and heating systems
  • Sewage disposal arrangements
  • Mooring equipment
  • Control systems
  • Gas systems and ventilation


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Power Leisure and Sail Leisure Vessels

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the procedures for preparing and carrying out a survey of power and sail leisure vessels
  • Describe how a surveyor should conduct a survey for each of the types of hull structure
  • Evaluate how a damage survey should be conducted
  • How a survey is carried out
  • The practical work of surveying
  • Setting up a survey
  • Construction materials
  • Dismantling and opening up for a survey
  • The hull
  • The deck and deck fittings
  • Interior components
  • Machinery
  • Spars, rigging and sails
  • Dinghies
  • Problems and common mistakes
  • Helpful hints
  • Illustrations of defects found when surveying
  • Types of surveys
  • Damage of surveys


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Fishing Vessels

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the rules, codes and directives that apply fishing vessels including work equipment regulations
  • Identify the different hull structure for fishing vessels
  • Analyse how regulations relating to lifting gear apply to fishing vessels
  • Describe the piping arrangements on fishing vessels
  • Construction and materials
  • Fishing methods
  • Regulations
  • Health and safety
  • Risk assessment
  • Lifting operations and lifting equipment
  • Work equipment
  • Pipe work
  • Noise, vibration, carcinogenics and mutagens and working height


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Small Commercial Craft

Learning Outcomes:

  • Analyse the construction and materials used on small commercial craft
  • Describe the various vessel types and the uses that fall into the category of small commercial craft
  • Identify the propulsion, machinery, mooring and safety equipment used on small commercial craft
  • Describe the requirements for the carriage of dangerous goods
  • Construction
  • Special purpose vessels (tugs, pollution control, pilot vessels etc.)
  • Health and safety
  • Lifting and towing gear
  • Standards
  • Fire insulation and fire fighting equipment
  • Safety equipment
  • Survey regimes
  • Areas of operation
  • Dangerous goods
  • Materials
  • Propulsion

A broad and comprehensive range of core modules coupled with a detailed specialist module makes this course ideally suited to the aspiring small craft surveyor."

G Freeman,