What is Enhanced Survey Programme (ESP)?

The history of the Ships like Bulk career and tankers is filled with accidents and disasters, both of small scale and gruesome types. Many of these accidents were because of faulty machinery or lack of safe handling practice.


IMO adopted a resolution A 744 (18) in 1994 SOLAS conference with guidelines on the Enhanced survey programme for inspection and surveys of bulk carriers and tankers.


What is Enhanced Survey Programme?

Enhanced survey programme is a guideline for shipping companies and owners to prepare their ship for special surveys to maintain the safety of the ship while at sea or at port. A survey programme is to be prepared by the owner and is to be submitted to the recognized authorities like classification societies, 6 months prior to the survey.

A new chapter XI is added for special measures to enhance maritime safety under this resolution. According to these guidelines, it has 2 Annexes:

  • Annex A: Guidelines on enhance survey programme of inspection during survey of bulk carrier.
  • Annex B: Guidelines on enhance survey programme of inspection during survey of oil tankers.

Each annex A & B has 9 chapters which are almost similar. The only dissimilarities being operational and constructional aspects of both type of vessels i.e. oil tankers and bulk carriers.

The chapters can be briefly described as:

Chapter 1: General application, documentation onboard to be completed prior to the inspection which is to be served as basis for surveys.

Chapter 2: Describes how Enhanced survey to be carried out during the periodical surveys along with timings and conduct of enhance surveys and requirements of dry-docking.

Chapter 3: Describes enhanced inspection carried out during annual surveys which includes cargo holds and tank pressure testing.

Chapter 4: Deals with intermediate surveys in addition to the annual survey requirements.

Chapter 5: Discuss the needed preparation for surveys, condition and equipment for surveys, access to the surveyed structure and conduct of survey at sea or at anchor

Chapter 6: Immediate and thorough repairs to damages and wastages.

Chapter 7: Discuss the requirement of onboard documents supplied and maintained by owner that must be available to the surveyor and requirements for survey report file, supporting documents, review of document by surveyor.

Chapter 8: Discuss the process of reporting and evaluation of survey, acceptability and continued structural integrity, a condition evaluation report of the survey and results to be issued to the owner.

Chapter 9: Reporting and evaluation of surveys, acceptable and continued structural integrity; a condition evaluation report of the survey and results to be issued to the owner.


These are the chapters mentioned in both the Annexes. To more on ESP refers SOLAS.


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  1. Arun Shankar Panse says

    I request you to send I M O Details and latest information about vessels daily to my email id.

    with regds,
    AS Panse
    Oceanic Enterprises
    F-3, II Floor, Marine Towers, Old Lakshmi Talkies, Visakhapatnam-1.

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    Raunek k


    Sir ,
    I want to know why this esp is carried out for bulk and tankers and not for other ships.

  4. Firoz says

    Dear sir I want to know any difference between special survey and enhance survey programme. More let me clear harmonized and docking survey ….

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