Overnight Cruise Safety Audit

Vessel Location: Tuan Chau Marina, Tuan Chau Island, Halong Bay
Number of Decks on board: 3
V’Spirit Classic 1: 7 wooden cabins
V’Spirit Classic 2: 12 wooden cabins
V’Spirit Classic 3: 13 wooden cabins

V'Spirit Classic Safety Audit

V'Spirit Classic Safety Audit






Certificate and Licence

 –       Seaworthiness certificate      

–       Stability certificate                  

–       Operating Licence


Check by

–       Checks by the Ministry of Transport

–       Checks by the Health Authority    

–       Checks by the Ministry of Tourism


Safety Management – Procedures and Documentation

–       Adequate, current and appropriate Insurance (Bao Viet Insurance Co.)

–       Current and valid Operating Licences

–       The company has documented safety management systems: VR, SI

–       Dry dock inspection completed and any defects rectified

–       Documented, planned servicing and maintenance schedule for all machinery and equipment including engines, bilge pumps etc.

–       Procedure for reporting, recording and rectifying faults found during day to day inspections and checks

–       There are documented emergency procedures for fire control and vessel evacuation

–       There are processes for recording and investigating emergencies, accidents and illness on board

–       Crew records are complete and up to date (includes experience, qualifications, emergency procedure, fire drill and first aid training)

–       The engine is well maintained and there is auxiliary engine power in case of main engine failure

–       There is a remote fuel cut off outside the engine room

–       The engine space is clean, free from grease/oil/fuel spillages and leaks

–       Fuel/oil storage is satisfactory with storage tanks and fuel pipes in good condition

–       The engine space is well separated from the accommodation areas

–       Smoke/heat detectors are fitted in the engine space

–       There is an automatic extinguishing system in the engine space

–       There are appropriate fire extinguishers in the engine space

–       There is a bilge pump which can be operated by the main engine,auxiliary engine or manually

–       All gas cylinders and pipes are secured in position, properly connected in good condition and safely stored

–       Areas where gas is used are well ventilated with gas detectors fitted

–       The vessel is watertight with portholes below main deck closed fast, watertight doors in place and all deck hatches secure

–       All watertight and fire safety doors are fully operational

–       Steering gear is set up and there are clear views from the steering positions

–       Adequate reverse engine, anchor and mooring ropes are in place to slow, stop and secure  the vessel

–       There is a VHF (Very High Frequency) radio with adequate range and power supply

–       The radar is fully operational

–       All navigation lights are working

–       There is an effective horn or whistle which can be used to signal to other ocean traffic

–       There is an automatic fire detection system installed throughout the vessel and it is in full working order

–       The fire alarm control panel is in a clearly visible location and all indicators show the system is working

–       Smoke detectors are fitted to all cabins, passageways and public rooms

–       Heat detectors are fitted to kitchens and engine room

–       There are adequate fire alarm sounders and call points throughout the vessel

–       There is emergency lighting throughout the vessel which is in working order

–       There are adequate extinguishers, hydrants and hoses distributed throughout the vessel (check dates they were last serviced)

–       There is a fire pump (main and/or portable)

–       Exit routes are clearly signed and available for use

–       There is adequate fire separation throughout the vessel

–       There are Emergency Notices on boat which detail what to do in case of fire and other emergencies such as vessel evacuation

–       All fire safety equipment is maintained and tested and records are kept


Accommodation / Passenger Care

–       There are adequate buoyancy aides for all passengers and crew

–       Location of life jackets is clearly signed and accessible

–       Cabins, passageways and public areas are free from hazards

–       All stairs have handrails and are free from trip hazards

–       Deck railings are adequate in height and secure

–       Steep steps are adequately marked and have non slip surfaces

–       Embarkation and disembarkation of passengers is always supervised and aided by crew

–       First Aid kits are fully stocked and carried on board

–       The accommodation areas including cabins, public areas and passageways are free from oil/fuel and other odours

–       Water on board is adequately treated



–       All crew are trained, qualified and experienced for their role

–       All crew are trained in emergency procedures

–       Gangway security is in place when the boat is docked

–       Security / fire patrols are carried out throughout the night