If as a vessel operator you are new to the process of having SIRE inspections carried out on your vessels, this article will explain the typical steps and the order in which they take place. This is a brief overview:
1. Making a request to a SIRE member for an inspection to take place
The first step in this process is to get an inspection commissioned on your vessel. In order to do this you would need to approach an existing SIRE Submitting member directly and request they carry out the required inspection on your vessel. If a vessel has been inspected by a member in the last 12 months, it may be worth approaching them first to see if they would be willing to commission a further inspection.
Please note that if you have any contacts with SIRE inspectors, they cannot commission inspections. This can only be completed by a member as they ultimately decide which vessels they are willing to inspect. They will choose the inspectors they wish to appoint to attend, this cannot be determined directly by an accredited SIRE inspector.
2. Inspection commissioning and agreeing a date for the inspection
Once a SIRE member has agreed to commission the inspection on your vessel they will generate a commission within SIRE and appoint their chosen inspector, who will then attend at the agreed date and location.
3. Remote/physical inspection takes place
Inspections can either be a physical inspection with the inspector attending the vessel or due to COVID-19 an inspection can be currently held remotely (the type of inspection will be discussed and agreed between the member and vessel operator when a booking is made).Once this is completed the report is then submitted electronically to SIRE and is sent directly to the submitting member organisation who commissioned the report.
4. Review of report by submitting member
The inspection is then reviewed by the submitting member to ensure there are no errors with the report. Once the review has been completed the report is then processed. This then makes the inspection available for you as the operator.
5. Operator reviews the report and adds any comments
As the vessel operator you can review the report and make your initial comments on the observations made by the inspector. Once comments have been added and saved to the report the inspection can finally be published (details on how to add comments and publish the report can be found here). Once the report is published it is then available for all SIRE members to view within SIRE.
Once published, if you wish to make any further comment or clarifications, you can do so as long as the inspection is published and available (usually all SIRE inspections are made available for 12 months).