Marine surveys are generally undertaken at the request of shippers, cargo owners and freight forwarders, the majority of shipping lines have in recent times commenced requesting a marine survey and lashing certificate prior to cargo being received into the container terminals.
Marine Surveying also involves inspecting and examining vessels to assess their condition and determine sea-worthiness. This can also include damage assessment and inspection of cargo and equipment on board. A Marine Surveyor is the person responsible for carrying out surveys and inspection of vessels.
Marine Survey scope includes stevedoring damage, damage in transit, deck cargo loading & securing, coordination of stevedore and terminal operations for both discharge & loading of break bulk cargo.
A Marine surveyor is a person who conducts inspections, surveys or examinations of marine vessels to assess, monitor and report on their condition and the products on them, as well as inspects damage caused to both vessels (Wikipedia)