To determine (1) the quantity of bunkers remaining on board (since charterers will buy them);
(2) the general condition of the vessel; and (3) that tanks/holds are fit for the carriage of the contemplated cargoes. The surveyor will note any existing damage in holds/tanks. Holds of a dry cargo vessel must be dry and swept clean, etc., and tanks for oil or chemicals must pass survey and be certified fit. Time spent on the survey is normally at the owner’s risk, i. e. the vessel is not on-hire until after the survey.