Marine Engineering Survey and Consultancy

Consideration of serious cruise ship incidents as exampled by the QM2 and Viking Sky

Large vessel's main control room

A large vessels control room

by Ieuan Dolby

The recent episode of the 'Viking Sky' should be extremely concerning as it adds to a growing catalogue of preventable cruise ship occurrences. Exampled and discussed below are two of many cruise ship incidents, both of which highlight the urgent need for microscopic investigations into the installation of overly-complicated, high-tech systems and equipment and a ship engineer's ability to manage.

Incident One – Fire and Explosion onboard the QM2 …

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The Collection of Evidence during a survey

by Ieuan Dolby

The public domain hosts various lists that detail specific evidence to be collected during the survey of a vessel, e.g. after a casualty or damage has occurred.

To have a prepared list can ease communications between the surveyor and the crew, especially during a WP survey when barriers and / or resistance can only be expected. However, generic and previously prepared lists can be misleading, especially those lists created by an unconnected party. Using a generic list can quit…

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Can a marine surveyor successfully conduct P&I and H&M Surveys?

by Ieuan Dolby

Can a l P&I Surveyor properly conduct an H&M survey and vice versa?

 "Yes" – with reservation.

Many years ago, I began a career as a consultant / surveyor – primarily working cases with the major P&I Clubs in Asia. I attended for a large number of major casualties and I had more Captains crying on my shoulder than I care to remember. Then, after a few years I changed jobs and with this change I abruptly fell headlong into H&M work. I admit, it was an unexpected learning cu…

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