Maritime Audits


 When these techniques are professionally executed, navigational risks are reduced. Navigational audits are a requirement of TMSA becoming more and more common in other trades e.g. bulk carriers. This course focuses on the challenge of safe navigation today.


A Navigational Audit is a systematic control of how the Ship Operator´s Navigational procedures are followed. A Navigational Audit starts with a discussion between the ship operator and the independent  auditor what the outcome of the program should be.

Sailing Navigational Audit

Our classic and most utilized audit. Our experienced auditors are boarding the vessel and sailing for about 2-3 days with the ship. The personal exchange with the crew allows a deep insight into the overall vessel and crew performance.  

  • Verify compliance with legal and company requirements

  • Identify poor practice + best practice

  • Identify inadequate procedures

  • Impove navigational standards

  • Detect gaps in knowlede and lack of awareness

  • Motivate your crew and enhance their awareness

  • Provide on-spot training

Port Audit

A typical harbour audit will be done during one working day, whilst the vessel is in port, preferably during day-time. The minimun time required is 6 hours, but many take up to 10 hours. The auditor will review relevant documentation such as logbooks, passage plans and maintenance records. Interviews with officers are part of the audit as well. 

If the duration of the port stay allows, we may combine the navigational audit with a Mooring-Audit or a Cargo Audit.

Remote Navigational Audit (RNA)

One of the most demanding challenges in world-wide shipping is actually meeting the vessel in time and finding the correct voyage to conduct an audit. Sometimes travel costs exceed the actual audit costs here.

Although we strongly believe, that the personal exchange between auditor and auditee is the main benefit of a successful audit, there are circumstances, when a remotely conducted audit is needed to comply with own targets or charterer requirements. 

At Matau-Marine we offer two options to conduct such a review: A VDR based review and a remote passage plan based navigational audit. Both can be amended by telephone interviews.

Contact us for more details of our tailored solution for you!

Mooring Audit

  • Verify compliance with legal and company requirements

  • Identify poor practice + best practice

  • Identify inadequate procedures

  • Impove navigational standarts

  • Detect gaps in knowlede and lack of awareness

  • Motivate your crew

  • Provide on-spot training

Mooring Audit can be done during a port stay but is preferably combined with a Navigational Audit (sailing), enabling the auditor to assess at least one mooring manoeuvre. 

Clients get an overview of the mooring equipment, its status and crews knowledge of its proper operation and maintenance

Tanker Cargo Audit

Cargo audits on board gas, chemical and oil tankers are conducted during one stay. They are conducted mostly in combination with a navigational audit and/or mooring audit.

The best result is achieved, when combining same with a short sea trade and a navigational audit. In this case the preparation and crew performance can be assess in the best possible way.

USCG Compliance Audit

Preparation of vessel for COC Inspection by the USCG (initial) and review of on-board documents and logbooks to verify compliance.

  • Review of deck log books, passage plan and associated documents

  • Review of sea charts / ECDIS screenshots

  • Review of oil record books (deck & engine incl. SECA) 

  • Review of engine log books and associated documents 

  • Review of steering gear test records and procedures

  • Review of mandatory emergency drills and notifications as per SMS & OPA 90

  • Review of VRP and associated checklists and certificates

  • Review of ballast water log and echange requirements 

  • Telephone interview with deck & engine officers (ca. 2 hour)

  • Full report with executive summary, including recommendations and findings.    

The scope of the consultancy shall be to enhace the legal compliance of the crew and documenation with the international rules and regulations - focussing the CFR and USCG requirements.

Human element

 Navigation is a human activity - it falls squarely into the Human Element sector.  We strongly believe we can create improvements . Many officers have just never had the opportunity to see how things should be done properly, or are aware of how they should be done. 

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