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12m Catamaran Landing Craft, Barge Arse – Initial Commercial Vessel Survey

MSA surveyor, Isi Lyons completed the Initial Commercial Vessel Survey on the 12m landing craft, Barge Arse built by Inverloch-based aluminium boatbuilders, Alumarine.

12m Landing Craft surveyed by MSA

Built as a multi-purpose work boat, this highly versatile aluminium catamaran with its 5.5m beam, met all Class 2C survey requirements.  Powered by twin 300hp Suzuki outboards, she is capable of a top lightship speed of 27 knots. Her raised wheelhouse allows the fuel tanks to be stowed above deck and gives excellent all round visibility for any loads on the main deck.

With an impressive 10-12 tonne carrying capacity, the main deck with its removable portside bulwark and 990kg crane makes this vessel suitable to a wide variety of tasks.  Visit for more information on Alumarine’s remarkable range of work boats.

12m Landing Craft deck and crane

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An Initial Survey is the inspection of a vessel, generally for the first time, to assess and approve its design and construction against the requirements of the NSCV or other standards that apply under Marine Order 503 (Certificates of Survey National Law) 2013.

Our initial marine surveyors will liaise with the vessel builder and designer to check compliance against the relevant survey standards to minimise delays, or prevent any last-minute headaches, to ensure a vessel is able to comply as a Domestic Commercial Vessel.

An initial survey comprises three phases:

Design Approval Phase – This includes the approval of design drawings for a new vessel, or assessment of an existing vessel structure, against design standards.

Construction Phase – This is the program of inspection during a vessel’s construction against the approved design. The inspections vary for each vessel and includes the inspection of welds, fibreglass laminate lay up, buoyancy foam, materials and equipment, and surveys during the construction of the vessel.

Commissioning Phase – The process by which a vessel and its systems are trialled and tested to ensure the vessel functions as designed and meets applicable standards. This includes trials and tests of the vessel and systems essential to safety, type of safety equipment, assessment of intact and damage stability, and reliability of on-board machinery.

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