Idwal ship inspections now include crew welfare

Ship inspection firm Idwal says it has added 12 key crew welfare questions to its inspection process in a bid to raise awareness of some of the issues seafarers face in the world.

With its international network of surveyors, Idwal has several representatives every day on all types of ships. Having traditionally only covered data points around the condition and management of ships, the company, which includes several former seafarers, said it was passionate about improving awareness of ship welfare issues. crew and had long wanted to improve their inspection reports with this vital, but often overlooked aspect. of a ship.

Thom Herbert, Idwal Senior Marine Inspector and Crew Welfare Advocate, said: “We have added twelve new questions to our Vessel Checklist focusing on objective questions to make results more challenging. to ignore and focus on areas where any problem has a clear solution. The questions cover areas such as onboard Wi-Fi, gym facilities, onboard training facilities, access to bonded stores and catering services, and whether additional rest periods are available.

These crew wellness points will feed into Idwal’s overall score, which is calculated programmatically from over 500 individual data points, captured during each vessel inspection and represented by a number between 1 and “In this way, the crew welfare factors will directly relate to the Idwal rank the ship receives,” Herbert said.

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