Surveyors are appointed by shippers or their agents, Government departments, importers and exporters, insurance agencies and vessel owners.
They are appointed to inspect, assess and report on the condition of a vessel, its equipment and or its intended use and they issue a 'Certificate of Survey'
They also inspect cargo, supervise the loading and unloading of cargo such as grain and coal and also inspect vessels for damage.
In Australia private marine surveyors are accredited by AMSA and act as a third party provider to make sure domestic commercial vessels needing a survey meet national law requirements.
Marine surveyors also inspect new vessels and vessels under construction to ensure their compliance with Australian or International regulations, standards or specifications.
Professional registered marine surveyors are highly qualified in their different fields and are committed to undertaking ongoing professional development and training.
To be successful as marine surveyor you will need to have a flexible approach to your working hours and your skills should include a strong attention detail, the ability to solve problems and assess risks and you will need to be able to identify, understand and apply the legislation and statutory requirements for the type of vessel and type of survey you are conducting. You will also need to be able to work alone or as part of a team and have excellent written and verbal communication skills.