The Merchant Shipping Directorate is actively seeking to expand its worldwide network of qualified Flag State Inspectors to carry out inspections on its behalf. Interested applicants should confirm their base operating port/city and the area to be covered.
Applicants are to confirm whether they would be operating on behalf of a company or as a free-lance inspector. In either case, it is required that all inspectors confirm that there would be no conflict of interest should they be asked to act on behalf of the Directorate. This would include, amongst others, being employed by an IACS Classification Society or working for a management company operating Malta Flagged ships.
It is important to note that all assigned inspectors have to be covered by a Professional Indemnity Insurance to the amount of 1 million Euro. In order to be considered, applicants must indicate that they are already in possession of such Insurance or have evidence that they will be able to obtain such Insurance.
Inspectors are required to have one of the following qualifications:
· Master Mariner (unlimited) with 3 years sea experience
· Chief Engineer (unlimited) with 3 years sea experience
· Naval Architect with 5 years experience in the field
· Marine related Degree with 5 years experience in the field
To this end applicants are required to send a full and updated CV accompanied with the relevant copies of the main qualifications for each inspector.
The proposal is to include the fee for the types of inspections listed hereunder for ports of coverage within your proposal. Fees are to include all traveling and communication costs. Flag State Inspections are expected to be conducted in a thorough and professional manner covering all the inspection report forms which will be forwarded upon expression of interestand therefore time allocation for the conduct of these inspections must be adequate to the required professional level. All inspections are to be invoiced to this Administration in accordance to the agreements reached with the prospective applicants and under no circumstances are the inspectors to demand any payment from the ship’s operators.
Flag State Inspections for;
Pre-Registration Inspections for;
The handwritten compilation of the report during the inspection would suffice without any further analysis or re-writing. This would then be e-mailed immediately to the Administration. Additional photos are recommended especially where deficiencies are concerned in a regular Flag Inspection. In the case of a pre-registration inspection, a good number of photos of all areas of the ship including the internal ballast tanks are essential.
Inspectors would be required to discharge their professional responsibilities with integrity and would at all times act and report in a fair and factual manner; they shall be independent of all parties.
Inspectors must ensure confidentiality of information required by the Administration and must be prepared to provide relevant information to the Administration. They shall carry out their work without breaching the intellectual property rights of shipyards, equipment suppliers and ship-owners and, under no circumstances may they pass on or divulge commercially relevant data obtained in the course of their work.
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