Vessel inspections reduce the risk of spills to state waters
We conduct inspections according to our substantial risk rule for cargo and passenger vessels. These are the regulations that implement our substantial risk inspection program. Our vessel boarding program:
- Protects the state's resources.
- Provides for safe marine transportation in state waters.
- Determines whether ships operating in state waters pose a substantial risk of harm to the environment or the public.
What to expect when we inspect your ship
These checklists can help vessel operators prepare for inspection.
Our vessel inspectors are professional mariners who have many years of experience. We always try to time boardings to accommodate the vessel and crew’s schedule. If our inspection interferes with the vessel’s schedule or the crew’s work hour/ rest hour schedule, our inspector will postpone the inspection and provide educational oil spill prevention information.
During a substantial risk inspection, we are able to engage meaningfully with vessel crews to discuss the operating company’s safety management system as it relates to marine safety and pollution prevention. Comparing a company’s policies and procedures with our Accepted Industry Standards, inspectors and vessel crew members can identify opportunities to increase marine safety and prevent oil spills.
By supplying vessels with educational materials and training aids, we help improve vessel crew’s knowledge of spill prevention. Additionally, we send vessel operating companies a copy of the inspection checklist, educational materials, and any recommendations the inspector has for enhancing vessel safety and decreasing the risk of an oil spill in Washington waters. When companies implement these recommendations, marine safety is enhanced across the entire fleet.