Vetting/Prevetting

The Vettings adhere to the standards of the Ship Inspection Report Program (SIRE/OVID) a system developed by the OCIMF (Oil Companies International Marine Forum) in 1993 to address concerns of the oil majors with respect to the chartering of sub-standard vessels.

SIRE/OVID requires that the inspectors use a uniform inspection protocol via the Vessel Inspection Questionnaire (VIQ). The results of these inspections are then made available to all program participants. All of the oil majors use the information kept in the SIRE database to determine if the vessel candidate exposes the oil major to unacceptable risk.

What we do

A Pre-vetting Inspection can help minimising or even eliminating the risk of negative observations during a SIRE/OVID Vetting, thus maintaining a low observation score in the database.

During a pre-vetting inspection we visit the vessel and perform an in-depth inspection covering all areas on board in relation to the SIRE vetting programme with special focus on the Vessel Inspection Questionnaire (VIQ) in order to prepare the vessel for an upcoming vetting. The overall objective is to identify any deficiencies which, according to the inspector’s experience, are likely to cause a negative response during a SIRE/OVID Vetting.

During the inspection the crew responsible for the various departments on board are given on the spot guidance in order to prepare them best possible for a vetting. The Owner is provided with a detailed report with recommendations not later than 48 hours after completion of the Pre-vetting Inspection. The Master is provided with a summary and guidance prior to the inspector leaving the vessel. Upon request we can also assist with Owner’s response following a SIRE/OVID Vetting with negative observations.