Global Inspections activity map - August 2022

The call for RightShip inspections worldwide remained strong during the month of August, although restrictions on inspections in many Chinese ports continues to drive global re-distribution, with Singapore and Japan seeing increased applications above the long-term average.

Inspections at Chinese shipyards, where attendance can be arranged, also remain strong, but often come with additional testing and enforced pre- and post-inspection quarantine for the inspector.

An easing of restrictions for returning inspectors has seen travel from Singapore to nearby countries such as Thailand and Indonesia to undertake inspections increase in the last month, a return to pre-covid arrangements. Analysis of activity over the last 12 months shows China as the number one location for inspections followed closely by Singapore, South Korea and the United States.

Operation status - RightShip inspection:

Ideally, inspections should be conducted at discharge ports or anchorages. Performing RightShip inspections while in dry dock is not something we recommend to any operator, but we will accept applications where there are no alternatives to support the commercial requirements of the vessel.

Ship operators should be aware that the number of findings will invariably be higher when the ship is under repair, as normal shipboard routines have been interrupted. RightShip continues to target certain locations with current and future higher demand, to recruit and accredit additional inspectors for those areas.

Plan for RightShip inspection:

Numerous impediments, such as weather, local government restrictions, existing planned and scheduled inspections mean an inspector is already committed, and requests at short notice may limit availability.  

A proactive vessel operator will plan, not delay the inspection to the last minute and will use the RightShip Inspection Ship Questionnaire (RISQ) to ensure the vessel is ready in all respects. It is also crucial to prepare ahead and discuss the vessel's forward itinerary with the RightShip Inspections team, so they can investigate all available options. The RightShip team can be contacted at or you can read more on the vessel inspection pages of our website.

From 30 September 2022, the RISQ document revision 2 will be applied by inspectors. Operators should ensure they are prepared for the changed requirements in some areas.

Download a copy of RISQ Revision 2 where an outline of changes from Revision 1 can be found in Annex B at the end of the document.