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The Marine Surveyor (Class) undertakes inspections of ships for the purpose of classification and may also carry out statutory ship surveys on statutory items on behalf of the Flag State. Upon the completion of the surveys, the Marine Surveyor prepares reports on the surveys conducted, recommends actions and submits the reports for the update of class certificate.

The Marine Surveyor (Class) inspects ships to make sure that the ship, its components and machinery are built and maintained according to the standards required for their class. He/She has two roles - one as a representative of the classification society; and the other as an inspector on behalf of the country with which the ship is registered (the Flag State). The Marine Surveyor (Class) ensures that the construction of the ship complies with the classification society’s rules for construction and outfitting, and thereafter is maintained fit to proceed trading. When acting on behalf of the Flag State, their role is based on a clear set of guidelines issued by the registering country. On satisfactory completion of any survey, the Marine Surveyor makes recommendations to the relevant classification society and/or the flag state, while assessing the risks of the recommendations made. These may be that the ship has a clean bill of health, or that various defects must be corrected within a stipulated time.

Principal marine surveyors earn a monthly salary of about $7,000-$14,200 per month.

*Source: Data from industry surveys conducted by Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). The data reflects the indicative monthly basic pay and excludes fixed bonuses, variable bonuses, overtime pay and allowances. Actual salaries may differ due to market conditions and company/organisation policies.


  • A degree in any of the following disciplines is preferred: Marine Engineering, Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering
  • An inquisitive mind with an eye for details
  • Sound technical and engineering knowledge
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills as you would be working with people from different backgrounds



Zhang Fan Marine Surveyor (Class) at DNV GL

Mr Zhang Fan emphasizes the need to adapt to technology in his role as a Marine Surveyor.

"More and more, we are seeing greater technological evolution within the sector, which changes the way we work." And with the greater digitalisation comes a new set of skills to learn. Currently, he shares, DNV GL surveyors have been sent to Poland to learn how to use drones in their work.

Read more about his maritime journey here.


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