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Flag State Inspections

Most Flag State Administrations have in place a system of periodical inspection, normally are perform by Approved Nautical Inspectors.

International Marine Experts (IME) carries out flag state inspections and accident investigations on behalf of a number of flag state authorities. The inspections are carried out to ensure that registered ships meet a satisfactory standard.

Flag State inspections are normally carried out prior to a ship being accepted into a Registry, and Annually thereafter. Inspections are comprehensive and include inspection and verification of documentation and procedures, general examination of the ship structure, machinery and equipment, and operational testing of lifesaving and firefighting apparatus.


IME represents the maritime administrations of Panama, Barbados, Jamaica, Luxembourg, Liberia, Marshall Islands, Vanuatu, Antigua and Barbuda as flag state inspector in our area of coverage in order to perform Annual Safety Inspections and Accident Investigations on their behalf. We also perform International Safety Management Code (ISM Code) International Ship Security Code (ISPS Code) and Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) audits on behalf of Liberian Registry (LISCR).

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