In the marine tanker industry, two inspection regimes are predominant SIRE and CDI. SIRE inspections are commissioned by oil companies that are members of the OCIMF (Oil Companies International Marine Forum). Reports of SIRE inspections are maintained on the OCIMF database for members to access, providing them up to date inspection status of the vessel.


The CDI (Chemical Distribution Institute) is an inspection regime specially designed for chemical and gas tankers. The completed CDI report provides a score for the inspected vessel. A higher score indicates a vessel compliant with industry standards. SM Marine Services has operations all over the Europe. A team of dedicated and highly experienced consultants, all of whom are experienced Master Mariners or First Class Engineers (Chief Engineers) are ready to attend the vessel with inspection at short notice.

Our consultants are kept up to date with the latest industry requirements through a continuous information dissemination process, regular refresher courses and periodic audits of their inspection procedures. We are able to provide a vetting service tailored to meet our Clients specific needs. With a totally transparent billing process, our clients are always aware of the costs. SM Marine Services is dedicated to providing a quality service that is based on objectivity, fairness and honesty, and on which our reputation can stand.


SM Marine Services carry out inspections of dry bulk & container vessels on behalf of the different Flag States. Our Consultants all of whom are experienced Master Mariners or First Class Engineers (Chief Engineers) are ready to attend the vessel with inspection at short notice. SM Marine Services also offering to our Clients RightShip pre vetting inspection. RightShip is owned by BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto Shipping and Cargill Ocean Transport manages risk for clients engaged in marine shipping. The inspection assesses structural issues, maintenance, operation, safety, navigation and management of the vessel based on RightShips requirements for their vetting process and on safety management systems and industry best practices.


MS Marine Services performs a variety of ship and cargo surveys for a wide base of clients including:

  • Underwriters
  • Marine Law Firms
  • Ship Operators
  • Incident / accident investigations

With our highly experienced personnel, who served for many years on chemical/oil tankers, we provide to the chemical industry and to chemical tanker Charterers a vital service of cargo superintendence. This service includes inspections of chemical tankers to assess condition, onboard safety and environmental management and suitability to load hazardous chemical cargoes. We provide advice on technical issues related to the safe carriage of chemicals, including tank cleaning & wall wash specifications. We also attend for pre-loading surveys to ensure cargo tanks and cargo pumping systems are clean and that the vessel is ready to load the cargo and we remain onboard throughout the operation to ensure that the cargo is loaded/discharge safely in-accordance with regulations and industry best practices thereby looking after our clients best interests.


SM marine Services provides a specialist surveying service for project cargoes, heavy lifts and high value shipments to cargo underwriters and project cargo risk managers.The service covers a review of packing before shipment, inland transport to and from the manufacturers premises, suitability of road transport, barges and ocean vessels to ensure risk free and safe transportation, review of ship stability data, loading and unloading of cargoes on to ocean vessels and securing of cargo items.Throughout the process we assess risk and compliance with underwriters insurance warranties.


With ocean going vessel trading into ports around the world, there are some occasions requiring local assistance, P&I Clubs and Marine Underwriters find it necessary to have a network of representatives or Correspondents to assist their members when problems are encountered.


Various Maritime Administrations has authorised SM Marine Services as an independent contractor to arrange and provide services as an authorised representative and surveyor (ARS) to monitor and oversee the work of the RO (Recognized Organisation) and to conduct Annual Safety Inspections.


It is essential that training to seafarer and shore staff is given periodically to ensure latest knowledge is gained in all aspects of shipping industry. SM Marine Services carry out Safety Training, which is specifically developed to enhance safety standards, quality of onboard maintenance and environmental awareness.

Training focuses on the following:

  • SOLAS & MARPOL requirements
  • IMOs International Safety Management Code for Safe Operation of Ships and pollution
  • prevention
  • Industry practice
  • Oil major requirements
  • Chemical Distribution Institute requirements
  • As part of its consultancy package SM Marine Services offers Quality Assurance services, with a particular emphasis on IMOs ISM and ISPS code. Our consultants are trained and certified lead auditors, and we have assisted ship owners, transport-related companies and ship manning agencies to achieve ISO/ISM/ISPS accreditation. This involves, inter alia, the compilation of QA system documentation including Ship Security Manual, SOPEP, SMPEP, Cargo securing manual etc, the training of shore-based office staff as well as shipboard staff, and the planning of appropriate internal audits.

    We have a dedicated staff of consultants who are accredited by National Administrations for inspecting oil, chemical and gas tankers. The consultants are all experienced master mariners and marine engineers. Among them, we also have a staff for the inspection of bulk carriers. Our staffs also provides safety training to terminal staff from time to time as requested by terminals. Currently we are providing safety training to VOPAK terminals in Singapore.




Welcome to VettingSolution!

SM Marine Services continually strive to improve services to suit our Clients individual requirements. SM Marine Service's comprehensive range of activities can be summarised as follows:


SM Marine Services is a marine and tanker consultancy and surveying firm, offering consultancy services primarily to ship owners, P&I clubs, Flag State Authorities , oil majors, underwriters, lawyers, loss adjusters.

SM Marine services is independent and quickly developing organisation founded in 2010. SM Marine services has established an excellent reputation for fast, reliable and innovative services offered by a professional team of consultants. Read more

VETTING INSPECTIONS

Full compliance with latest OCIMF VIQ / Oil Majors / Rightship standarts/requirements is at the top of the agenda for every prudent operator. We povide:

  • Vetting inspections for oil, gas tankers
  • Vetting inspections for chemical tankers (CDI)
  • Vetting inspections for bulk carriers (Rightship)

SHIPBOARD AUDITS / TRAINING

We may attend a vessel for inspection, trading and improvement in the long run by doing:

  • Ship audit (ISM, ISPS, ENVIRONMENTAL, NAVIGATIONAL, H&S, MLC)
  • Training of ship's staff (tailored training programs for each rank/nationality and drills to enhance the level of compliance and preparation onboard vessels)

VETTING OBSERVATIONS REPLY

A major problem associated with vetting is the inadequate feedback provided to vetting departments leading to vessels being rejected for employment. We provide:

  • Vetting observation review & response to vetting departments
  • Proper root cause indentification
  • Recommendations for improvement & lessons learned analysis

INCIDENT INVESTIGATIONS & RISK ASSESSMENT SUPPORT SERVICE

Problems are most of the times initiated after an incident since report is required by OCIMG VIQ, Oil Majors, Rightship, Flag States etc., therefore we provide:

  • Incident investigation
  • Recommendations for improvement & lesson learned analysis
  • Experience transfer feedback (Circulats etc.)