When a new cruise ship is on its way from a paper drawing to an actual ship, there is literally tons of work to be done besides the physical aspect. Inspection, inspection, inspection!
To be an inspector on a yard, for a cruise company on a big new build, is somewhat of an experience. The yard company is the overall responsible party, and there is probably a two-figured number of construction deliverers working for the yard. Perhaps one company for the buffet restaurant, another for the “American” styled bar, another for the nightclub and so on. Each with their special fields and skills, and, again, additional providers for furniture, electronics, carpets, and so on. Different companies for different bars, for the different areas, restaurants etc.
I repeat, the yard is responsible. The contractors have their duties and work, and the cruise company wants it all to be perfect. And here lies the work for the inspectors. A small delegation of trusted employees, from the cruise company, does the inspections. A Chef or two to inspect the galleys; Bar Manager for the bars; electrician, engineer, headwaiter, boatswain and so on. Every inch of wall is examined: scratches, marks, stains, technical, furniture, painting, and the finish in general. Everything is supposed to be shiny, new, functioning properly, and looking perfect. The inspectors do this utilizing their respective skills, and on behalf of the company and owner. Trust is the key word from the company, and pride is the answer from the handpicked inspectors.
An inspection goes on with a representative from the yard, from the deliverer, from the contractor, and the company inspector. Hours and hours, details, and notes. After as many as 10-12 inspections, the area can be signed and “delivered.” Everybody involved signs, and the inspector does it for the owner. This is always like a small ceremony, and the tension can be high. As a trusted inspector for my company, I have to say it’s a special honour. The trace of a ship is linked to me. To my name. To my job. The flip side of the coin? I am responsible for signings up to millions of dollars. Anyway, it is, and will in the future, be worth it.
Cruise ship inspector, a job to remember for life.
On behalf of the owner: Tore Berger.
“A business that only makes money, is a poor business!”