For a safety inspection of a vessel moored in the water, SAMSA now require a hull inspection by a safety officer every 4 years, with interim hull inspections by the owner.

SAS has decided that the only robust way to do this without creating potential conflict over issues like lost documentation is to track hull inspections through our computer certificate system by issuing email hull inspection certificates. The system will operate as follows:

arrow The initial hull inspection conducted by a safety officer will be valid for 24 months from the date of the inspection. The safety officer will send the hull inspection report to SAS – or better still – upload it through the system. The SAS administrator will then issue a hull inspection certificate (HIC) via email.
arrow A hull inspection conducted by the owner extends the validity period by 24 months from the date of the owner’s hull inspection, but to a maximum of 48 months from the date of the initial safety inspection by the safety officer. There will be no charge for issuing a hull inspection certificate extension.
arrow The owner may do more than one extension, on the understanding that the hull inspection certificate cannot be extended beyond 48 months from the initial safety officer inspection. So if the boat comes out of the water 18 months after the initial safety officer hull inspection, the owner may choose to do a hull inspection himself, extending the life from 24 months to 42 months (i.e. 18 months plus 24 months). If the boat comes out of the water again 36 months after the initial safety officer hull inspection, the owner may choose to do another hull inspection himself, extending the life of the HIC to its maximum of 48 months from the initial safety officer hull inspection.

From some date in 2019, SAS will require a valid HIC for a vessel where the safety inspection is conducted on the vessel in the water. So it is important for the owner to get a hull inspection done when he next takes his boat out of the water for antifouling– otherwise he may be faced with the cost of taking it out again just to get the hull inspected by a safety officer.

To keep costs and prices down (our prices are now significantly below SAMSA and other authorised agencies) we want to move progressively towards computer based electronic document workflow and retention. To encourage this process:

arrow Owners will get a significant discount if they pre-book their safety inspection by uploading proof of payment in advance of the hull inspection.
arrow Safety officers will get a significantly enhanced honourarium if they upload their hull inspection report rather than deliver it as a physical document.

To take advantage of the discount, you need to start by uploading a proof of payment for your hull inspection. The prices are given below:

With online pre-booking
Without online pre-booking

The process of uploading your proof of payment is described in some detail on the back of the hull inspection check sheet.

Download the SAS Hull Inspection Check Sheet

Once you have uploaded your proof of payment, you need to contact a safety officer to arrange for the hull inspection. You are required to complete the Hull Inspection Check Sheet before the safety officer arrives for the hull inspection. He will not inspect the hull until you have completed that process.

The hull inspection should take place when the hull has been cleaned but before it is antifouled.

You will receive your hull inspection certificate by email.

What if you suffer from computer phobia? You can simply book a hull inspection with a safety officer. Unfortunately, you will not get the discount. You will of course need to complete your hull inspection check sheet before the safety officer arrives. Please bring proof of payment to give to the safety officer. He will need to upload that otherwise he will not qualify for the enhanced honourarium.

However, we would encourage you to take the plunge and give the on-line process a go. Sooner or later CoF’s will go this route as well.