Commercial Surveys

New Build Commercial Vessels

Our surveyors can project manage the build and construction of a commercial vessel from contractual stages to handover.

Your designated marine surveyor will engage with your unique project right from the contractual and specification stages, using their expertise to identify and resolve issues as they arise. They’ll attend the vessel throughout construction, in coordination with major milestones and payment stages, as well as completing an essential pre-delivery inspection survey (PDI). To see the project through to completion, a final specification appraisal is completed prior to handover.

We know the questions that need to be asked, and the requirements that need to be met, in order to take your unique vessel from concept through to delivery.


Our expert surveyors will talk you through the various options of production, semi-custom and one-off vessels; evaluating the cost and timescale implications associated with each. We’ll discuss the compliance requirements for commercial use.

Careful planning at an early stage can provide solutions ahead of time; benefitting both shipyard and owner, as delays are avoided and warranty issues minimised. Assessment of potential build contracts is also part of our service. We consider completion schedules and payment milestones, and detailed specification of equipment and materials is also included in this remit.

Quality Control

We’ll take care of quality control throughout the build. This will include module joining, machinery and systems installations, fitting out, fairing, painting and finishing. With every project, we undertake regular progress monitoring and report back to you, as well as confirming build schedules with all parties.

We check all system installations against the original drawings, to confirm that they are correct as designed. Throughout the build, our surveyors continually review drawings and design features in order to appraise intended systems arrangements, as well as identify any areas of improvement for ease of maintenance and use.


Pre-Delivery Inspection

An extensive pre-delivery inspection survey (PDI) involves specification appraisal, sea trials, full systems testing and interior and exterior cosmetic reviews. A list of our observations will be given to the shipyard for attention prior to handover.   In the event of any minor non-conformities being outstanding at the handover stage, the survey log then forms the basis for the Protocol of Delivery and Acceptance (PODAA).


During the handover, certificates and documentation must be confirmed in accordance with contractual, classification and flag statutory requirements for the vessel’s intended use. We’ll guide you through this process using our extensive experience gained from working with the best shipyards in Europe.

Please do not hesitate to contact our surveyors for further information or a quotation.

What's included in the Survey

  • Assessment of potential build contracts, to protect your best interests in terms of schedules, payment and acceptance criteria
  • Assistance with specifications in the selection of equipment and materials, ensuring sufficient depth within each aspect of the specification
  • Visits to the vessel throughout construction, enforcing specification and requirements
  • Troubleshooting and resolution of any operational issues
  • Inspections in line with major milestones and payment stages
  • Regular reporting to provide you with formal progress updates at the appropriate technical level
  • Full pre-delivery inspection (PDI), to include sea trials and systems testing, which generates a work list of any adjustments
  • Overseeing of any remedial works prior to handover and project completion

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Thank you seems to be too little to say for two years of hard work – but thank you anyway.  Without your involvement she wouldn’t have ended up being the boat she has

Captain MY ‘Princess AVK’ , Sunseeker 155

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Please do not hesitate to contact our surveyors for further information or a quotation. Email us at [email protected] or call +44 (0)2380 659350