DNV is introducing a new surveillance system to identify ships in the DNV-classed fleet where the necessary maintenance and upgrading is found to be lacking. At present some 100 ships to DNV class are being scrutinised, and the majority of these ships will be subject to a special follow-up in order to improve quality – or have their class deleted. All classification societies have ships to their class that suffer from insufficient maintenance and thus represent a higher risk. DNV has initiated the new surveillance system in order to follow these ships more closely.
Main parameters for the identification of potential high-risk vessels are:
- Number and severity of given Conditions of Class
- Overdue Condition of Class
- Overdue surveys
- Vessels recorded by DNV as being poorly maintained
- Number of Port State Control detentions in the last two years
- Class suspended or deleted in the last two years.
Ships that are identified by this system will be subject to a special surveillance scheme. This includes a meeting with the owner or the operator of the vessel to make it clear that the ship is subject to special follow-up. A main element in this surveillance scheme is no postponements for periodical surveys or conditions of class. Two DNV surveyors will carry out surveys on these vessels, and the ships will be subject to unscheduled surveys and audits. Failure in complying with the relevant criteria will lead to class suspension.