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 as well as inspect new vessels and vessels under construction to ensure their compliance with Australian or International regulations, standards or specifications.
In Australia private commercial marine surveyors are Certified by the AIMS in different categories of surveys and some are accredited by AMSA to make sure domestic commercial vessels needing a survey meet national law requirements.
Certified professional marine surveyors are highly qualified in their different fields and are committed to undertaking ongoing professional development and training.
AIMS Certification is only awarded to those surveyors who are properly qualified and experienced, have appropriate insurances and business structures and who work to a code of practice. This gives consumers confidence
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 and maths skills.
Marine surveying is a great choice of career for students who like design (naval architecture) engines and operational systems (engineering), environmental issues (bio security and ocean / waterways pollution) legal studies (maritime law) and even insurance. There are great choices in the maritime industry and marine surveying is a diverse and challenging career choice.