Ship Survey and Audit Companion is a well-prepared and detailed book that answers the question: How do I know if the ship and her equipment are in good condition? Mostly the text and checklists rely on what the eye can see but there is a hidden dimension to modern surveys and audits which also require a thorough understanding of regulations, procedures and management systems. The author has, over a number of years, compiled accurate records from ship visits about survey requirements which he has now consolidated into a book of some 270 pages and 140 checklists.
The text and checklists provide a firm foundation for assessing the seaworthiness of a vessel to carry cargo and proceed to sea in safety. As Captain Peter Russell, President of The Nautical Institute states in his foreword, "This book is a remarkable compendium of information ... it sets out benchmark audit and surveying practices and to provide checklists to ensure that all relevant parts of the ship are properly assessed."
Attached to the book is a CD-ROM, which contains all the 140 check lists so that they can be downloaded either on the surveyors laptop or onto the ship's computer. Check lists will need adjusting according to ship type, but the detailed framework is there and the user-friendly style of approach enables additions to be made as part of an ongoing process.
What the book demonstrates is that a ship is very complex involving a myriad of interlinking components. Seafarers and surveyors will welcome this unique volume because it simplifies and organises survey and audit information.