Profession marine surveyor

Marine surveyors inspect vessels intended for operations in maritime or open sea waters. They ensure that vessels and equipment follow the regulations laid down by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). They may also act as third parties for the review of offshore facilities and construction projects.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative
  • Realistic / Conventional


  • Types of maritime vessels

    Know a large variety of maritime vessels and their characteristics and specifications. Use that knowledge to ensure that all security, technical, and maintenance measures are taken into account in their supply.

  • Mechanics of vessels

    The mechanics involved in boats and ships. Understand the technicalities and participate in discussions over related topics in order to solve problems related to the mechanics.

  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System

    The internationally agreed-upon set of safety procedures, types of equipment and communication protocols used to increase safety and make it easier to rescue distressed ships, boats and aircraft.

  • Quality assurance procedures

    The procedures to inspect a product or system to ensure that it is according to specifications and requirements.

  • Mechanical engineering

    Discipline that applies principles of physics, engineering and materials science to design, analyse, manufacture and maintain mechanical systems.

  • Mathematics

    Mathematics is the study of topics such as quantity, structure, space, and change. It involves the identification of patterns and formulating new conjectures based on them. Mathematicians strive to prove the truth or falsity of these conjectures. There are many fields of mathematics, some of which are widely used for practical applications.

  • International waterways

    The international waterways used for maritime navigation, the geographical location of currents, maritime waterways, and harbours.

  • Maritime telecommunications

    Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting equipment and overall operation of telecommunications systems.

  • Ship related legislative requirements

    Conventions of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) concerning safety of life at sea, security and protection of the marine environment.

  • Maritime transportation technology

    Understand maritime transportation technology and stay up-to-date with the latest findings in the field. Apply this knowledge in operations and decision-making while on-board.

  • National waterways

    Know the national waterways used for inland navigation, know geographical location of rivers, canals, seaports and inland harbours, and understand the relationship with cargo flows.


  • Analyse ship operations

    Provide a snapshot of ship[ operations and the manner in which systems are operated and maintained. Provide information for action that could be taken to improve performance, or to correct weaknesses.

  • Lead inspections

    Lead inspections and the protocol involved, such as introducing the inspection team, explaining the purpose of the inspection, performing the inspection, requesting documents, asking appropriate questions, and maintaining a high level of professionalism when investigating subjects.

  • Read engineering drawings

    Read the technical drawings of a product made by the engineer in order to suggest improvements, make models of the product or operate it.

  • Ensure vessel security

    Ensure that security requirements for vessels are met according to legal norms. Check if the security equipment is in place and operational. Communicate with marine engineers to ensure that the technical parts of the vessel functioning effectively and can perform as necessary for the upcoming journey.

  • Read standard blueprints

    Read and comprehend standard blueprints, machine, and process drawings.

  • Inspect vessel

    Inspect vessels to ensure their effective and safe operation. Keep the vessel and its equipment in conformance to regulations.

  • Assess vessel capability

    Assess vessel capability utilising different methods and drawing on information from the deck crew; determine specific measurements and gather data for further calculations on the capability of vessels.

  • Determine cause of damage

    Recognise damage and signs of corrosion, identify their cause and determine maintenance and repair procedures.

  • Comply with operational standards for vessels

    Make sure that the design and condition of the vessels are up to par for the operation.

  • Recognise signs of corrosion

    Recognise the symptoms of metal showing oxidation reactions with the environment resulting in rusting, copper pitting, stress cracking, and others, and estimate the rate of corrosion.

  • Ensure vessel compliance with regulations

    Inspect vessels, vessel components, and equipment; ensure compliance with standards and specifications.

  • Assess structural integrity of ship for maritime usage

    Assess the structural integrity of a ship and determine its suitability for continued use in maritime activities.

  • Advise on maritime subjects

    Provide information and advice on maritime laws, vessel registration, and safety regulations.

  • Write inspection reports

    Write the results and conclusions of the inspection in a clear and intelligible way. Log the inspection's processes such as contact, outcome, and steps taken.

Optional knowledge and skills

issue licences advise on equipment maintenance inland waterway police regulations physical parts of the vessel inspect vessel manufacturing use maritime english conduct analysis of ship data assume responsibility for maintaining a safe ship environment ensure equipment maintenance manage health and safety standards operate precision measuring equipment identify risks of ship activities vehicle cargo capacity interpret inland water transport regulations engine components use different communication channels inspect offshore constructions inspect cargo conduct performance tests act as contact person during equipment incident adhere to traffic regulations on inland waterways recognise abnormalities on board file claims with insurance companies principles of cargo stowage provide advice to technicians monitor the validity of ship certificates write work-related reports read stowage plans monitor the discharge of cargo inspect engine rooms review ship documentation engineering processes european classification of inland waterways engineering principles calculate the amount of cargo on a vessel distinguish various types of ships have computer literacy