Why are On/Off
Hire Surveys Important?

When a ship is placed under the ownership of the charterer, the charterer takes over the bunkers that are on board, upon delivery or commencement of the charter. When the ship is redelivered to the owner, the owner takes over the remaining bunkers on board. Sometimes, disputes arise between the owner and the charterer regarding the bunker quantity and condition during the transition.

On-hire and off-hire surveys help minimize any disputes between owners and charterers. The survey reports are a vital consideration to gain insurance in case of any liabilities. The Viswa Groups’ on/off hire surveys inspect vessels’ overall condition, cargo spaces/deck areas structural condition, cargo space cleanliness, bunkers on board, listing of the vessel’s statutory certificates, portable securing equipment, etc. to identify any discrepancies and ensure clients have the correct information on hand.

The Value of
On/Off Hire Surveys

On/Off Hire surveys are performed along with condition surveys either before the vessel is delivered to a charterer, or re-delivered to the owner. They provide vessel owners, charterers, and underwriters with an unbiased and independent report on vessel’s overall condition, seaworthiness, operating procedures, and crew training and safety awareness.

On/Off Hire Surveys help clients:

  • Realise actual condition of vessels, bunkers, cargos, and
    equipment onboard.
  • Identify discrepancies and certify all information on condition
    survey reports.
  • Determine extent of wear and tear, and/or new damage, if any.

Industries We Serve

The Viswa Group has an unprecedented track record of performing detailed inspections that go beyond conventional testing. Our highly-skilled independent surveys have immense industry knowledge and expertise and are known to provide accurate information and practical solutions to our valued clients in the Marine Industry.


Benefits of Choosing The Viswa Group

Since On/Off Hire Surveys are given high importance during insurance claims, it is critical that the survey is performed by an independent surveyor who will present timely and unbiased findings in terms of actual condition, recommendations, and work required by the charter party.

    Our customers benefit from:

  • Thorough, independent, and unbiased inspection and recommendations.
  • Comprehensive inspection performed by qualified surveyors as per certified quality system and global industry standards.
  • Detailed report consisting of vessel condition, structural condition of cargo and main deck areas, hatch covers, cargo gear and space, cleanliness, bunker quantity, equipment and securing materials,etc.
  • 24/7 technical support along with access to any of our global offices anytime.

Breakdown of our On/Off Hire Survey Capabilities

With 30 years of experience, The Viswa Group has an extensive track record in testing and inspection services. We carry out comprehensive inspection to capture accurate information, determine the root cause of damage (if any), and provide practical solutions for each and every problem our clients face.

Our scope of on/off hire surveys include, but are not limited to:

  • Inspection of all cargo holds, weather decks in cargo handling areas, cargo cranes/gear.
  • Sounding of all bunker fuel tanks including heavy fuel and marine diesel oil.
  • Bunker report that is signed and certified by the surveyor and vessel’s chief engineer and master.
  • Inventory of cargo securing gear.
  • Full report detailing vessel condition including photographs and bunker figures.