General information

The surveyors will assess risk factors with regard to their own safety in connection with access and movement on the quay, shipyard, workshop, dock and on board when inspecting the ships. In this connection, the surveyors must be informed of:

  1. Special rules for moving around that apply at the port / shipyard / workshop / dock / ship
  2. What protective equipment should be used
  3. If there is equipment that must not be used e.g. due to the risk of explosion
  4. Whether work is in progress that requires special care and precautions (pressure testing, load tests of electrical systems, loading / unloading operations, handling of large / heavy loads, etc.)

Special requirements for shipyard / shipping company

  1. It is the responsibility of the shipyard / workshop / dock / shipowner that traffic at the shipyard, to and from the ship and on board is organized in terms of safety and health and in accordance with relevant rules from the Danish Working Environment Authority and the Danish Maritime Authority.
  2. It is the yard / workshop / dock / shipowner's responsibility that the workplace's layout, including ladders, stairs, scaffolding, platforms, lifts, cranes, etc. complies with the Danish Working Environment Authority's and, where relevant, the Danish Maritime Authority's applicable rules and guidelines as well as recognized industry guidelines. It is also the responsibility of the yard / workshop / dock / shipowner that equipment is maintained.
  3. Special attention must be drawn to the fact that lifts and cranes used in connection with survey / inspection are approved for passenger transport. If this is not the case, they must not be used by the surveyor.
  4. In general, access to ships at shipyards must be via a stair tower or scaffolding. Access to the ship via a ladder is only accepted exceptionally if it is not possible to place a stair tower at smaller heights, usually approx. 3 m. At heights above 5 m, access must be via stairs, stair towers or scaffolding.

Access to ships at the quay must be via proper gangway or equivalent equipment.

  1. The inspector is provided with the following personal protective equipment: safety helmet, regular boiler suit, safety shoes, hearing protection, regular safety goggles, regular work gloves, multi gas detector and if needed life west and immersion suit (it must be stated before the survey whether life west or immersion suit is to be used). Equipment in addition to this is expected to be made available by the shipyard / shipping company. Equipment must be approved in accordance with current rules / norms and, if required, inspected in accordance with regulations.


It may be necessary to stop ongoing operations (operation of hatches, visor, ramps, etc.), noisy work, or to turn off equipment (radar, radio, etc.) to perform the survey.


We must emphasize that the Danish Maritime Authority's surveyors have instructions to suspend the survey in case of doubt, deficiencies of safety measures or deficiencies of equipment until safe conditions have been established.


Regulations and guidelines can be found at: https://at.dk/en/regulations