Initial ship inspection

Permits and notifications - Initial ship inspection

It is the shipowner’s responsibility to ensure that an initial inspection is carried out on board a new or second-hand ship that is going to fly the Finnish flag. Initial inspections are designed to allow occupational safety and health authorities to satisfy themselves that all on-board workspaces and accommodation comply with the applicable legal provisions and regulations.

The initial inspection must be carried out, if possible, before a ship is taken into service and in any case no later than six months from the date on which the ship is taken into service. A new initial inspection must be carried out if substantial alterations are made to a ship.

Booking an initial inspection

Initial inspections can be booked by telephoning or e-mailing the Division of Occupational Safety and Health of the Regional State Administrative Agency in whose jurisdiction the inspection is to be carried out. See here for contact information.

A fee is payable for the inspection. Any travel expenses incurred by inspectors for having to carry out initial inspections and periodic inspections abroad are charged to the shipowner.

The occupational safety and health inspection required for the issuance of a maritime labour certificate can be incorporated into the initial inspection.

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