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Dry bulk inspections with RightShip’s Inspection Ship Questionnaire (RISQ) 

RightShip dry inspections evaluate a ship's condition, quality and the effectiveness of Safety Management System (SMS) implementation, adoption of industry recommendations and best practices, and the health and well-being of seafarers onboard.  
Supporting the maritime industry's ongoing efforts to enhance safety and assisting clients to verify that a vessel conforms with international regulations and performs in accordance with industry standards, this one-of-a-kind inspection provides charterers, ship managers, terminal operators, and regulatory authorities with a credible and independent assessment of a ship’s operation. 
All inspections are undertaken by trained and accredited inspectors, who apply a standardised inspection methodology to deliver consistent outcomes. 

Outcomes of a RightShip dry inspection reflect the actual condition and standard of operation of a vessel at the time of inspection. Such inspections, along with the vetting process, allow for assessment of risk, controls, and provision of due diligence to assist our clients and stakeholders, including charterers, ports, and terminal operators.  

Planning for an inspection 
We recommend managers plan for inspections well in advance, by submitting a request with a vessel’s forward itinerary at least one month prior to the requested inspection date. This will allow for optimal planning and scheduling. 
RightShip inspects in many ports around the world and will work with ship managers to find a suitable and safe location to undertake the inspection. There are, however, some locations where safe access may be limited. In these cases, our Inspections team will work with a manager to find suitable alternate locations. 

In addition to standard RISQ inspections, RightShip offers two other inspection types: hybrid and dual. These are designed to digitalise our inspections program and save time onboard the vessel. Read more here.


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RightShip’s Inspection Ship Questionnaire (RISQ) 

The RightShip Inspection Ship Questionnaire (RISQ), is designed to strengthen the consistency and quality of inspections and includes verification of Safety Management System (SMS) effectiveness, ship condition, crew familiarity with the SMS, industry recommendations and best practices. 

Applicable for bulk carriers, general cargo, container, and roll-on/roll-off ships, RISQ provides the world’s most comprehensive and consolidated inspection reference standard for dry bulk shipping. While assisting a ship manager to prepare a vessel for inspection, RISQ also supports inspectors to conduct inspections in a systematic and standardised manner, by applying a unified methodology, guiding them to more accurately report on the quality of a vessel and its crew. 

Specifically for managers, our strong reference guide bolsters improvement and strengthens preventative controls designed to mitigate the risk of incidents. 

Understand more about our inspections process by downloading RISQ. 

Vessel inspections features

Unbiased quality assessment

Our independent inspections provide a clear insight into the operational condition of a vessel, complementing other vessel assessments and management audits, to promote improved standards in the industry and reduce the potential of accidents and incidents.

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Best practice standards

The Rightship Dry Bulk Inspections questionnaire has been developed to provide a comprehensive best practice guide incorporating recommendations from maritime publications, P&I and Class circulars and IMO guidelines.

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Global network of expert inspectors

With a global team of Dry Bulk inspectors based in strategic locations worldwide, RightShip coordinates inspections quickly and efficiently.

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Vessel inspections advantages

Market your vessel

Receive a RightShip inspections badge for a positive inspections outcome, clearly displayed on each vessel page in our platform. The inspection badge allows operators to showcase their commitment to best safety practice.

Preventative maintenance

For an owner, regular and independent inspection assessments can help maintain the physical quality of a vessel, highlighting oversights and potential problems before they progress, potentially reducing costly works later.

Integrate with vessel vetting

As part of our commitment to due diligence and safer shipping, the RightShip dry bulk inspection badge makes it easy for our vetting customers to select those vessels that have gone 'above and beyond' as part of their vetting criteria.

When it comes to safety, quality and environmental performance benchmarking, the only comprehensive tool a ship operator has is RightShip. It is vital for us to measure and compare our results. Apart from benchmarking, the live feed of incidents on the tasks menu contains important lessons learnt from across the industry which are always included in our safety bulletins! We are proud to work with RightShip in an effort to improve the safety and environmental sustainability of the maritime industry.

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