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Passenger Vessel, Impact Boats 6m HDPE
Initial Commercial Survey

Maritime Survey Australia recently completed an Initial Commercial Vessel Survey on a new 6m (HDPE) Passenger vessel designed by Chris Tucker Marine Design and built by MarineScapes and Alumarine.

Surveyed to class 2D for 2 crew plus 6 passengers, this vessel’s design includes an innovative “stepped hull” as well as side and rear access doors.
Other features include; a built-in large capacity (250 litre) PE fuel tank with gauge, filler and breather; an automatic bilge pump; LED navigation lights; anti-slip tape on deck; four scuppers; large storage capacity shelves; switch panel battery switches, and built-in heavy tow points.MarineScapes’ Impact Boats are made with high-density polyethylene (HDPE) sheets with thickness’ between 10 – 40 mm, giving them a weight similar to plate alloy boats. HDPE is both tough and flexible thanks to its elastic properties and a strong HDPE hull is perfect if you work close to the shore and rocks or need to constantly dock up against any other surfaces.
Vessels built from HDPE offer a soft, quiet and smooth ride thanks to the material’s high impact absorbing and thermal density qualities. In addition, HDPE has incredible floating properties, because of its density range (between 930 and 970 kg/m3) making it lighter than water.
Due to the nonpolar or paraffinic nature of the material, vessels built using HDPE do not corrode, requires almost no maintenance, is resistant to water, petroleums, salt and chemicals, and is not prone to osmosis or electrolysis. In addition, HDPE built vessels are very easy to repair and do not require antifouling.
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HDPE Vessel Impact Boats

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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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