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Ship Owners FAQs

  • Which department should I contact?

    For dry bulk enquiries please email drycargo@rightship.com

    For petroleum enquiries please email petroleum@rightship.com

    For efficiency rating (EVDITM ) enquiries environment@rightship.com

    For all other enquiries please email vetting@rightship.com


  • How can I change inaccurate information in your database?

    We source data for the vetting system from many sources including IHS Maritime, PSC records and terminals and rely on the accuracy of the data to undertake risk evaluations. If you have changes to a ship’s particular’s, or to owner/manager details please advise IHS Maritime directly by emailing: fairplay.ships@ihs.com

    For all other changes please contact us at: drycargo@rightship.com


  • Can I provide more information about my ship to help with your evaluation?

    We always welcome additional sources of reliable data. Owners or operators can provide extra information to RightShip during inspections, RightShip management reviews and/or questionnaires.

    For further information please contact us at: vetting@rightship.com


  • How can an owner improve a vessel’s rating?

    Owners can help ensure a satisfactory performance against RightShip’s risk factors by ensuring their Safety Management System has adequate procedures for the effective management, supervision and inspection of the vessel and that management and crew comply with regulatory requirements.

    RightShip’s system has built-in incentives for specific improvements such as:

    • owner’s membership of Intercargo (adds 5 points for all fleet vessels)
    • Green Award Certification (adds 15 points for certified vessels)

    Flags and class societies receive more points for better performance (recorded in MOU annual reports), so changing to a higher-ranked flag or class may deliver a better rating.

    Vessels may also get an improved rating after inspection. Owners should be aware that points allocated from inspections are only valid for twelve months.


  • How does Port State Control inspection affect the rating?

    The number and severity (coding) of deficiencies recorded at Port State Control inspections impacts a vessel’s rating. On review, RightShip’s rating may be improved if owners provide satisfactory information. This includes information regarding the outcome of root cause analysis, details of corrective actions taken and preventative actions in place, on this and other vessels in your fleet for each of the deficiencies. RightShip will require substantiating evidence including photographs, copies of work instructions, Circulars, etc. before restoring the vessel’s risk rating.


  • What other factors affect the rating?

    As well as the key scoring risk factors, the rating can also be influenced by factors including:

    • incidents under review
    • casualty under review
    • trading status
    • class suspension / withdrawal
    • not IACS classed
    • derate (target) flag (designated by RightShip annually, based on poor MOU performance)
    • close-out or change by RightShip to any of the factors above, after owners have provided satisfactory information about the actions they have taken in response to these factors

  • Can RightShip help us maintain or improve our operating standards and procedures?

    RightShip will provide suggestions when weaknesses are identified and in some circumstances, where it is considered necessary, we may suggest an office audit of owners and managers.


  • What action is required to obtain recommendation for new vessels?

    RightShip’s SVIS™ includes all trading vessels, including newly commissioned vessels, once they have been allocated an IMO number and listed by IHS Maritime.

    Owners can help to facilitate the process by providing copies of Class Certificate, Safety Management Certificate, Document of Compliance, ISPS Certificate and P&I Entry.

    In addition, information on the below should be submitted to: vetting@rightship.com

    • how long have the Master, Chief Engineer and senior officers been aboard the vessel prior to delivery?
    • what training and familiarisation has been conducted for crew before joining and sailing?
    • has the DPA attended on board for hand-over and training of crew?
    • is a Training Officer scheduled to be aboard at take-over and is there to be any shore staff sailing with the vessel for the first voyage?
    • years in rank for the following personnel on vessels of this type and size (sea time not calendar years e.g. 18 months + 1.5 years):
    1. Master
    2. Chief Officer
    3. Chief Engineer
    4. 2nd Engineer

  • Does RightShip have guidelines for maintaining recommendation after a vessel changes owners and/or managers?

    Change of owner or manager is one of the risk factors that may affect a vessel’s rating, because a change of owner and/or manager has a direct impact on the management of the vessel both aboard and ashore.

    Information regarding the change of management may include but is not limited to the following:

    • how long have the Master, Chief Engineer and senior officers been aboard the vessel prior to delivery?
    • what training and familiarisation has been conducted for crew before joining and sailing?
    • has the DPA attended on board for hand-over and training of crew?
    • is a Training Officer scheduled to be aboard at take-over and is there to be any shore staff sailing with the vessel for the first voyage?
    • years in rank for the following personnel on vessels of this type and size (sea time not calendar years e.g. 18 months + 1.5 years):
    1. Master
    2. Chief Officer
    3. Chief Engineer
    4. 2nd Engineer