Overview of Ship Vetting

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Ship vetting Vetting implies a procedural scrutiny of an item, in order to warrant its suitability for a particular situation. Reliable sources approximate that over 90% of world trade requires ship conveyance. This emphasizes the need for ship safety and security during conveyance, hence the ship vetting. Ship vetting involves a process whereby charterers (hiring companies) and terminal operators evaluate a cargo ship, in a bid to avoid hiring a substandard vessel during sea transportation. This leads to the reduction of risks involved in the selection of deficient ships and barges. Chartering companies individually conducted the inspection process, and there were no standard criteria for inspection. This deemed them incapable of overcoming the challenge of accidents, leading to injuries, damages and various pollution forms. A need to standardize the inspection procedure arose. This led to the emergence of various vetting organs, with the key objective of setting principles for ship assessment and reporting. These included SIRE and TMSA among others. This manuscript will mull over the ship vetting process, its reasons and impacts, and the various vetting organs. History Between the 70s and the 80s, major oil firms sold their aged ships, forcing them to rely on hiring transportation for their products (Paik & Thayamballi, 2007). This made them susceptible to hiring inadequate ships, unsuitable for their cargo. Besides, they lacked control of marine vessels during the

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