Navigational Audit
From times immemorial, navigational errors have often lead to catastrophic disasters causing significant loss of lives and damages to ship, property and environment. The modern complexities of the integrated bridge layouts and addition of many new types of navigational equipment have only added to the problems. Adding the lack of training and familiarization of the navigational watch keeper enhances the chances of navigational accidents. These problems can be considerably reduced if the company has implemented a robust set of procedures for safely conducting the business of navigation. To ensure that the company's vessels are navigated as per the Company Nautical Procedures in the SMS, the Marine Survejor Consultant Sagl inspectors can carry out a thorough Navigational Audit on owner's request. The purpose of these audits is to identify and rectify the navigational deficiencies well in advance with a view to avoid any accidents or maritime casualties. It is recommended that these audits are carried out in a dynamic situation ( during sailings) to verify the response of the bridge team during different navigational situations. Review of recent P&I club statistics show that a high proportion of the navigational class of claims can still be attributed to ineffective procedures, ignorance of bridge watchkeeping best practice, poor bridge team management and ineffective communication. The recurring issues that lead to claims such as poor lookout, lack of situational awareness and complacency cannot easily be identified during a port visit or paper audit and, to that end, pro-active risk managers have recognised that effective navigational practice and procedure can only be accurately assessed whilst on a relevant sea passage incorporating port departure, passage and arrival events. This view seems to be gaining more momentum in the sector and Marine Survejor Consultant Sagl is now providing navigational audits to shipping companies . We have a number of surveyors that have the relevant experience and training to conduct thorough audits and report accordingly. Reporting is comprehensive and includes a full assessment of navigational performance, with positives and negatives highlighted and clear recommendations made in line with best practice. We can supply our own format adjusted to the circumstances of the audit, or follow a specified/provided format.