Pilot Boat, Al Dairah – Initial commercial vessel survey

Victorian boat builder, Hart Marine recently launched their newest vessel, the 17m ORC Pilot boat, Al Dairah destined for Dubai.  MSA surveyor James Nolan completed the Commissioning and Initial Commercial Survey for the vessel which included assessing and approving its design and construction against the requirements of the National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV).

Al Dairah Pilot boat engine room

During recent sea trials, the vessel displayed superior seakeeping performance and comfortably achieved a top speed of 27 knots at 2130rpm thanks to two 671kW Cat C18 engines.


Pilot boat Al Dairah

Hart Marine’s pilot boats are well known for their unique wave-piercing beak bow hull design, a feature which reduces slamming, vertical acceleration and fatigue of pilots and crew.  Designed with the utmost regard for the crew’s comfort and safety, the Al Dairah’s self-righting properties allow it to function through a rollover whilst the suspended wheelhouse provides a whisper quiet working environment for pilots, crews and skippers.

For more information on Hart Marine’s world class pilot boats, visit www.hartmarine.com.au.

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An Initial Survey is the inspection of a vessel, generally for the first time, to assess and approve its design and construction against the requirements of the NSCV or other standards that apply under Marine Order 503 (Certificates of Survey National Law) 2013.

Our initial marine surveyors will liaise with the vessel builder and designer to check compliance against the relevant survey standards to minimise delays, or prevent any last-minute headaches, to ensure a vessel is able to comply as a Domestic Commercial Vessel.

An initial survey comprises three phases:

Design Approval Phase – This includes the approval of design drawings for a new vessel, or assessment of an existing vessel structure, against design standards.

Construction Phase – This is the program of inspection during a vessel’s construction against the approved design. The inspections vary for each vessel and includes the inspection of welds, fibreglass laminate lay up, buoyancy foam, materials and equipment, and surveys during the construction of the vessel.

Commissioning Phase – The process by which a vessel and its systems are trialled and tested to ensure the vessel functions as designed and meets applicable standards. This includes trials and tests of the vessel and systems essential to safety, type of safety equipment, assessment of intact and damage stability, and reliability of on-board machinery.