Some observations of overzealous inspector worth sharing!!!!
recently one of tankers of our fleet underwent SIRE vetting and following observations were noted:
1. VIQ 5.48
IMO sign launching instructions not sighted near the life raft/ life boat, however written instructions (in English) are posted.
Vessel complies with SOLAS III/9.2 (including IMO symbols as necessary). This fact was brought to his notice by Master but in vain.
He wants every operating step in pictorial form!!!!!
2. VIQ 11.30
Not all insulation mats are marked with the protective voltage.
Prototype certificate of Rubber mats was shown to the inspector by Master but again of no use. He wants to see approved voltage stamped on each rubber mat near switchboard.
The implications of such observations is that any oil major interested in hiring the tanker will look into operator’s remarks and it is again up to his prudence how he reads those remarks. This besides fleet’s KPI going for a toss!!
Now, my question to all is…
How can such inspectors be corrected when either they are hell bent upon noting observations or their parent company does not see any reason in evidences produced by us? Or Am I being too unreasonable?