Terms & Conditions

General Conditions

Fees are payable before the release of any report. The invoice provides an option for credit and debit card payment.

The practice is indemnified as a professional marine practice by Lloyds.

Safety consultancy is indemnified by Markel UK Ltd.

Safety Consultancy - Terms & Conditions

The consultant provides safety advice and risk assessment support for clients, clients approve risk assessments and then take responsibility for the contents. Under no circumstance does the client undertake any material role for any company or provide any management support for clients, other than advisory.

Reports are drafted under current UK legislation, the report is the property of the client and is not to be used by any other third party without consent in writing from the consultant.

Fees are payable within 7 days of invoicing.

The consultant retains the right to terminate any contract if the client is not complying with legal requirements, without notice.

Marine Services - Terms and Conditions​

General Consent Agreement

I /we hereby agree to pay any fees and expenses reasonably incurred and charged by the Surveyor and understand that I am/we are responsible for all charges for boat movements, slipping, docking, removals, replacement and reinstatement work arising in preparation for and process of the survey. 


It is understood and agreed that the surveyor’s report will be a factual statement of the examination carried out within stated limitations and with opinions given in good faith as far as seen and accessible at the time of the survey. It carries with it no guarantee against faulty design or latent defects or suitability of the vessel for any particular purpose, nor any guarantee of compliance with any particular national or international rule, requirement, regulation, law, standard or code unless specifically requested on this form and confirmed in the text of the report. Liability for the report is solely to the instructing client and to no other third party unless otherwise specified and agreed. It is further agreed that no liability will arise for any consequential or economic loss, loss of profits, business interruption or loss of use. 


I/we acknowledge that this survey contract shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law and that any dispute arising hereunder shall be submitted to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales. 


Survey reports are normally released within 5 working days of the date of the survey, subject to all outstanding accounts being settled.  
 

All works are subject to contract. The following terms apply in all cases:​

  • Reports are not issued until full payment has been received, this is non-negotiable. Reports are issued in PDF electronic format, printed reports will incur expenses.

  • The owner of the vessel is responsible for the presentation of the vessel for inspection and the costs associated, if the vessel has not been presented for inspection a fee will be payable and the appointment will be forfeited. 

  • All works are carried out under the professional codes of conduct of IMarEST / Nautical Institute / Science Council / IMareST Professional Register / Institute of Science and Technology and IOSH for safety consultancy.

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Marine Surveys- Terms and conditions of survey ​

  • A condition survey provides an opinion on the structural condition of visible and significant aspects of the vessel as presented for survey, with particular reference to hull condition. 

  • Machinery, masts, spars, rig and sails, ancillary equipment, gas, electronic, pumping and plumbing equipment, sewage treatment plant, refrigeration equipment, air conditioning, navigational aids, other sundry services and tankage are inspected only for visual appearance and installation standards, without dismantling or specific test. Where a mast is stepped only those parts of the mast and rig up to head height are inspected in detail. 

  • Hull condition is assessed by general non-destructive examination and by assessment of the condition of sample areas where coatings are removed. Where hulls carry heavy layers of paint, pitch or epoxy finishes the condition of all areas of the substrate cannot be guaranteed. The survey does not provide an opinion on the condition of areas not presented visible, for example behind linings, beneath fixed flooring etc unless these are accessible through visible portable traps, and should not be taken to preclude completely the existence of isolated damage or deterioration concealed by paints, fillers or other means. 

  • The engine and generator installations are inspected visually. No dismantling of the engine or associated equipment is carried out within the scope of a condition survey, therefore no detailed comment upon the condition of internal parts is possible without recourse to a separate mechanical survey. 

  • Electrical, plumbing, heating and other services are inspected where visible but not operated unless presented in commission. Electrical wiring is inspected visually (only) were accessible. 

  • Bottled gas installations are inspected visually only and pressure tests are not undertaken within the scope of this survey. All gas systems should be regularly tested as part of a normal preventative maintenance routine, and the installation of a bubble leakage tester which permits simple non-invasive regular checks on the integrity of the system is strongly recommended. 

  • Tanks are inspected where visible but not internally and are not pressure tested. Windows, hatches and external doors are not tested for water tightness. Hull fastenings and skin fittings are not normally removed for inspection. 

  • Any estimate of valuation provided is based on known average market values achieved by the craft of similar type and condition in the same location and should not be confused with replacement value, which may be substantially higher, particularly in the case of rare or unusual boats. 

  • Particulars such as registration numbers, tonnage, build year and dimensions are normally stated as advised or as exhibited aboard the ship, and are not authenticated. Dimensions, if checked, are measured with means of steel tape and should not be relied upon for total accuracy. This survey does not seek to establish that clear title to the vessel exists or that it is being offered for sale free from all debts and encumbrances. 

  • Unless specifically instructed to the contrary the inspection, and any comments made relative to design, performance or suitability of the vessel, are based upon the assumption that the vessel will be used as a private pleasure boat in the waters for which it was designed. Unless specifically stated to the contrary this inspection and report does not seek to address compliance with any national or international codes, standards or regulations. 

  • This report is prepared solely for the benefit of the client to whom it is addressed and by whom it was commissioned and no responsibility is accepted to any third party to whom the report may be passed or sold. This survey contract shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law. Any dispute arising hereunder shall be submitted to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales. No responsibility is accepted for any consequential losses arising, including but not limited to loss of profits, loss of use or business interruption

 

​Scope of typical insurance Survey

The vessel should be hauled out on a slipway, dry-docked, held in slings, or blocked off ashore to allow examination of the keel, bottom, topsides, rudders, stern gear, skin fittings and decks. Steel and aluminium alloy hulls are sounded externally and may be ultrasound tested at the discretion of the surveyor or following specific instructions from the client. Ultrasound testing fees are in addition to the normal survey fee. Wooden hulls are sounded externally and lightly probed at the discretion of the surveyor. In some circumstances, sample fastenings may be drawn for inspection with the permission of the owner. GRP hulls are lightly sounded externally, and sample areas of antifouling removed to expose laminate surface or applied coatings. Exposed areas are examined for blistering or wicking, or other defects. This type of survey will typically cover the following areas: Hull, Keel and rudder/s (inc. moisture readings on a GRP vessel) Deck & Superstructures Internal hull structures, bulkheads & framing, fastenings etc. Stern & Steering gear Cathodic protection Windows & Portlights Masts spars and rigging (up to head height if stepped) Chain plate anchorages and mast support Davits, Boarding ladders & accesses Handrails & Stanchions Ground Tackle & mooring arrangements Skin fittings & Seacocks Doors & Hatches Machinery installations (visual inspection only unless specifically requested) 


In the course of a standard pre-purchase or insurance survey engines are inspected visually. The comment is made on general condition, corrosion, indications of leaks etc. Condition of hoses, hose clamps and belts, coolant and oil levels checked. More extensive engine or sea trials, or oil sample analysis can be arranged if required. Fuel tanks and pipework Gas installations* Bilge pumping installations Firefighting equipment Lifesaving appliances Navigation lights & instruments Freshwater & sanitary installations Sails & Canvas 
NB in the UK gas systems can only be certified as safe by a registered gas engineer 


Scope of Hull Structure Survey

The vessel should be hauled out on a slipway, dry-docked, held in slings, or blocked off ashore to allow examination of the keel, bottom, topsides, rudders, stern gear, skin fittings and decks. Steel and aluminium alloy hulls are sounded externally and may be ultrasound tested at the discretion of the surveyor or following specific instructions from the client. Ultrasound testing fees are in addition to the normal survey fee. Wooden hulls are sounded externally and lightly probed at the discretion of the surveyor. In some circumstances, sample fastenings may be drawn for inspection with the permission of the owner. GRP hulls are lightly sounded externally, and sample areas of antifouling removed to expose laminate surface or applied coatings. Exposed areas are examined for blistering or wicking, or other defects. This type of survey will typically cover the following areas: Hull, keel and rudders (inc. moisture readings on a GRP vessel) Deck & Superstructures Handrails & Stanchions Internal structures, hull to deck joint Stern & Steering gear Skin fittings & Seacocks Chain plate anchorages and mast support Doors & Hatches Windows & Portlights Handrails & Stanchions Fastenings 

Survey Conditions​

This report has been prepared specifically for <client> on <date>, and is for their use only, but remains the copyright of the surveyor. Copies in whole or part should not be released to or consulted by, other parties without the express prior [permission of the surveyor. Whilst all due care and diligence have been exercised in the collection of data, for the preparation of this report, the surveyor purports to provide an advisory service only, based on the opinion and experience of the individual surveyor responsible for its compilation. The surveyor issues such advice in good faith and without prejudice or guarantee.

Anyone wishing to rely on such opinion should first satisfy themselves as to its accuracy and feasibility, the surveyor shall not be liable for any loss ( including indirect and consequential loss), damage, delay, and loss market costs, expenses of whatsoever nature or kind and however sustained or occasioned. Notwithstanding the aforementioned, notice of a claim or a suit must be made to the surveyor within 90 days of the date the services were first performed or the date the damages were first discovered, whichever is the later, failing which lack of notice shall constitute an absolute bar to the claim or suit against the surveyor.

The survey is a factual report on the inspection carried out, and the opinions expressed are given in good faith as to the condition of the vessel as seen at the time of the survey. It implies no guarantee, no safeguard against latent defects, subsequent defects, or defects not discovered at the time of the survey in woodwork or areas of the vessel which are covered, unexposed, or not accessible to the surveyor internally due to the installation of non-removable linings, panels, internal structures etc. This is a visual survey only, being non-invasive and non-destructive. The surveyor accepts no responsibility or liability in relation to any part of the vessel which cannot be accessed or viewed. Parts of the vessel were not accessed or viewed and therefore cannot comment on this in relation to any patent or latent damage, including termite or other insect infestation.

This report carries no warranty regarding ownership of the vessel or any warranty regarding outstanding mortgage, charge or other debt there may be on the vessel. The survey is personal and confidential to the client and has no extended warranty if disposed of to a third party for any purpose without the permission of the surveyor.

 

This report does not address stability, vessel performance or overall design, and no warranty is conveyed under these headings.

Machinery was not opened up for inspection or compression checks carried out. No chemical tests were carried out on fuel or water. Whilst the surveyor did not sight any pest infestation during the inspection, it is recommended a pest control expert is appointed to assess whether termites or cockroaches are present.

Liability is limited to fives times the surveyor's fee for the inspection of the vessel.

These standard terms, all agreements and disputes relating thereto, shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with English Law, please note the copyright remains with the surveyor. No part of this report may be disseminated until such time as the invoice is paid in full.

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