Maritime Audits

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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.

Odoo • Text and Image
Odoo • Image and Text

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

A 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.

Odoo • Text and Image
Odoo • Image and Text

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.

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Analysis and continous improvement

In contrast to other inspections such as vetting, PSC or flag state inspections, our auditors will not only write down observations, but also give suggestions for impovements and for elimination of deficiencies. 

Our auditors share their experience and knowledge with the crew to eleminate gaps in knowledge, where possible and time allows. 

All our audits will be held by former Master Mariners, having a sound foundation in the general knowledge of their profession gained on a shore-based role in addition to adequate sailing experience.

Our comprehensive customized checklist is based on industry standards and takes into account specific company requirements for each individual client. 


We always look into different travel- plans and will choose the most economical option possible.

All travel costs are charged at cost.

On-Board & REMOTE

Audits can be conducted during port-stay, en-route and remotely using VDR data or simply by reviewing documents in combination with remote interviews. Each audit-type has its own benefits.

We recommend a good mix of audit-types among a fleet to gain the most economical and best results.


Improve your KPIs such as number of port state detentions, vetting observations, accidents and incidents on a long term and gain a "Return of Service" by reducing cost associated to detentions, delays or costly repairs which can be avoided. Strengthens your position with potential charterers by commitment to external service providers.