Vendor Inspection

Vendor inspections involve activities carried out at manufacturers’ shops to verify that the material or product being purchased by the client conforms to the specified requirements according to the purchase order, relevant specifications, codes, and standards. These inspections help to remove and minimize the risk of faulty materials being supplied, thereby reducing the risk of financial implications as well as possible safety concerns.

RICI’s team of experienced inspectors, with up-to-date knowledge of local and international standards, always provide efficient and timely support and advice in relation to any quality issues that may arise during the inspection process.

RICI’s vendor inspection services include.

  • Vendor/Shop Inspection Coordination
  • Pre-Inspection Meetings
  • Spot Witness
  • Sampling Inspections
  • Final Inspections
  • FAT Witness
  • Documentation Reviews

RICI is able to provide following vendor inspection services:

  • Vendor/Shop Inspection Coordination
  • Pre-Inspection Meetings
  • Spot Witness
  • Sampling Inspections
  • Final Inspections
  • FAT Witness
  • Data Documentation Reviews

RICI inspectors perform Vendor Inspection activities of equipment and materials at manufacturer’s shops to verify that the product quality conforms to the specified requirements of the client purchase order, relevant specifications, codes, and standards. RICI inspectors are highly qualified technical experts carefully chosen from large pool of worldwide inspectors.


RICI is performing vendor inspection activities for the following industries:

  • Oil & Gas
  • Pipelines
  • Petrochemical
  • Marine
  • Renewable Energy
  • Power Generation
1.1 Mechanical Vendor Inspection
In Mechanical vendor inspection our key areas of expertise include the inspection of material, machinery and manufactured items, for example vessels, rotating equipment, valves, fittings, piping and other components. The purpose of the mechanical inspection is to visually inspect and operate the built-in mechanical equipment observed on site and provide an opinion of any deficiencies apparent at the time of the inspection.
The scope of this inspection includes visual observations of the readily accessible mechanical equipment and appliances without disassembly of any unit inspected and without removing items causing visual obstruction. The functional equipment is generally operated in at least one mode, but not necessarily every mode, suited to demonstrate its condition.
RICI performs vendor inspection activities in major cities of Saudi Arabia and across Bahrain, Dubai, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman for the following industries: Oil & Gas, Pipelines, Petrochemical, Marine, Renewable Energy and Power Generation.
1.2 Electrical and Instrumentation Vendor Inspection
Electrical and Instrumentation Vendor Inspection Our QA/QC engineers and inspectors have been employed in the Oil & Gas, Petro-chemical and maritime industry in Electrical and Instrumentation, engineering, implementation, inspection coordination, QA/QC and general E&I activities both on and offshore.
Electrical inspection work includes Power Control and Earthing Cables Installation, LV/MV Switchgear Installation, Transformer Installation, Power Distribution Boards Installation, UPS Panel and Battery Installation, Earthing System Installation, Lighting System Installation, Motors Solo Run & Installation check and CP System Installation etc.
We ensure that your design philosophy is preserved, in accordance with technical engineering requirements, Company and Project quality agreements/requirements and Legal Rules and Regulations. Our E&I QC team, is also able to verify if your contract specifications, International codes and regulatory compliance requirements, Project Quality Plan and Quality Strategy related to the scope of work, are met. All these requirements will be demonstrated by conducting scheduled Inspections and surveys, at the
Client/Contractor main facilities, construction yard, vendor/supplier premises and its Sub-contractors.
RICI performs vendor inspection activities in major cities of Saudi Arabia and across Bahrain, Dubai, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman for the following industries: Oil & Gas, Pipelines, Petrochemical, Marine, Renewable Energy and Power Generation.
1.3 Painting/Coating Vendor Inspection
RICI provides painting/coating inspection services to clients who intend to vet their coating contractor. RICI ensures that our clients feel reassured that our client’s job is being prepared and coated in line with the requirements of your project coating specification and without compromise.
RICI has experienced coatings inspector to be in attendance at the contractor’s facility at all stages of the project, through to completion or at an agreed frequency to suit our client’s needs, ensuring that the work is being carried out, meets the requirements of your specification, remains on track, and in line with the agreed completion and delivery dates.
At RICI, we strongly advocate the use of photographic evidence to form a major part of our reporting ethos whilst acting on our client’s behalf.
During the execution phase of the project, our coatings inspector will carry out routine surveillance at the contractor’s facility, whilst keeping our client informed of progress via email and phone calls. Our coating inspector have formal coating training and certification to determine surface profile readings, calibrate dry film thickness (DFT) gauges, use DFT gauges, use wet film thickness gauges, discern the difference between degrees of abrasive blasting, and be familiar with standards such as SSPC-VIS 1,1 VIS 2,2 and PA 2.3. Contact us today and see how we can help to ensure the success of your coating project.

Marine Inspection

RICI has a team of Master Marines, Chief Engineers, and Chief Officers for Marine Inspections. Our experience includes Stevedoring, bulk cargo handling, and insurance. Our specialty includes periodic inspection, tank inspection, cargo inspection, and container inspection.

Marine inspection is often associated with marine insurance, damage and salvage, accident and fraud investigation as insurers generally lack the training and skills required to perform a detailed assessment of the condition of a vessel. Marine surveyors are hired on a fee basis by customers seeking insurance directly and maintain professional autonomy in order to provide an unbiased view. Independent marine surveyors are often employed by the clients of marine insurers to provide evidence in support of damage claims made against the insurer. Insurance companies cannot require customers to use specific marine surveyors and risk legal scrutiny and potential recourse if they impose surveyor requirements.

RICI Marine Inspection Services include:

RICI has experience marine surveyors who conducts inspections, surveys or examinations of marine vessels to assess, monitor and report on their condition and the products on them, as well as inspects damage caused to both vessels and cargo. Marine surveyors also inspect equipment intended for new or existing vessels to ensure compliance with various standards or specifications. Marine surveys typically include the structure, machinery and equipment (navigational, safety, radio etc.) and general condition of a vessel and/or cargo. It also includes judging materials on board and their condition. RICI represents GL for Marine Inspection services in KSA and middle east. We provide marine inspection services in KSA, Bahrain, Dubai, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman as well as others.
RICI Marine Inspection Services include:
  • Cargo Inspections
  • On/Off hire Condition Survey of the vessels
  • Containers inspections
  • Bulk and Liquid Cargo Analysis
  • Hull and Machinery Survey
  • Draft survey
  • Ship’s hold and Tanks Inspections
  • Corrosion surveys

Risk Based Inspection Services

RICI Risk-Based Inspection (RBI) services are used to avoid or minimize unplanned shutdowns for oil and chemical plants. Risk-based inspection (RBI) is the process of developing an inspection plan of the risk of failure of equipment. RICI inspectors work with the client to come up with an effective solution for ensuring longevity of equipment in oil and chemical plants and minimizing downtime.  This is done by analyzing the likelihood and consequences of failure, and developing a cost-effective inspection and maintenance program. RICI follows the API 580 standard to deliver RBI inspection by following the industry best practices.

The information gained from this process is used to identify (a) the type of damage that may potentially be present, (b) where such damage could occur, (c) the rate at which such damage might evolve, and (d) where failure would give rise to danger. Areas at high risk usually have credible damage mechanisms combined with high consequences from structural failure, the release of hazardous substances or stored energy. A suitable inspection scheme will deploy techniques at a frequency that provides adequate confidence about the condition, taking account of the damage mechanisms and the reliability of the inspection techniques used.

Industry sees RBI as a way to obtain economic benefits from extended run lengths and as means of using inspection resources more effectively from the use of automated NDT or non invasive inspection schemes.


Our RBI inspection services include:

  • Assessment of process operations that will impact your production, operation, material integrity and degradation rates
  • Determination of the remaining lifetime of your assets
  • Gap analysis
  • Identification of operational risks, using recognized industry standards
  • Identification of the appropriate inspection intervals
  • Review of technical specifications and construction materials
  • Specification of risk ranking level and determination of the respective risk acceptance level
  • Specification of the necessary inspection and maintenance tasks

Mechanical Integrity Inspection

Mechanical Integrity is a component of both Process Safety Management and Risk Management Programs. The objective of RICI Mechanical Integrity program is to ensure equipment failure does not release hazardous substances. MI covers the proper design, fabrication, construction/installation and operation of equipment throughout the entire process life cycle.

Mechanical Integrity (MI) is a component of both Process Safety Management and Risk Management Programs. The objective of RICI Mechanical Integrity program is to ensure equipment failure does not release hazardous substances. MI covers the proper design, fabrication, construction/installation and operation of equipment throughout the entire process life cycle.

RICI specializes in Positive Material Identification (PMI) is the analysis of a metallic alloy to establish composition by reading the quantities by percentage of its constituent elements. RICI works with clients to implement a safety design to the appropriate level of detail. Our personnel assist in the evaluation of inspection and testing results, training, and the implementation/configuration of a mechanical integrity documentation system.

RICI Mechanical Integrity Services:
  • Ultrasonic Thickness Testing Measurements
  • Magnetic Particle Examination
  • Visual Inspection
  • Above & Below Ground Storage Tanks (API 650)
  • Corrosion Surveys
  • Boiler Inspection
  • Ultrasonic Shear Wave Flaw Detection
  • Dye Penetrant Examination
  • Radiography
  • On-Stream Process Piping
  • Pressure Vessel Inspection
  • Positive Material Identification (PMI)

Asset Integrity Management

Asset integrity, or asset integrity management systems (AIMS) is the term for an asset’s capacity to run effectively and accurately, whilst also protecting the wellbeing of all personnel and equipment with which it interacts – as well as the measures in place to assure the asset’s life cycle.

RICI provides specialists and engineering support in all areas of Asset Integrity Management, including design, process safety, mechanical integrity, inspection and maintenance, operational and process support, corrosion, metallurgy, and risk analysis to provide you with Total Quality Assurance.
Our experts have in-depth knowledge of the oil, gas, petrochemical, power, renewable energy, civil and infrastructure fields, providing Asset Integrity Management solutions clients need to achieve productivity gains, while meeting safety and environmental concerns.


Our asset integrity management programs include:

  • Development Management
  • Implementation
  • Gap Analysis

Plant integrity, safety and reliability are major concerns to all plant operators and managers. The primary objective of integrity inspection is to maintain assets in a fit-for-service condition while extending equipment lifespan in a reliable, safe, and cost-effective manner. The plant/ asset integrity, safety and reliability is based on the detailed steps and techniques that increases operational efficiency, reduces downtime, and improves revenues and production. The structural analysis is key to ensuring reliability. The plant operators and managers shall mitigate risks of damage to plant and interruptions to production alongside the risks to people and the environment. Both should be reduced in line with good risk management practice.


RICI covers the following areas to ensure high levels of plant integrity, safety and reliability:

  • Is Plant fit for purpose:
  • Design studies
  • HAZID Studies
  • HAZOP Studies
  • Assets Integrity, Safety & Reliability studies
  • Facility has resilience to accidents:
  • Plant layout
  • Fire and explosion protection
  • Quantitative Risk Assessment
  • Plant control systems:
  • Enable appropriate precautionary shut-down or recovery operations and avoid spurious trips
  • Reliability and Availability Studies
  • RAM studies
  • Fault tree Analysis
  • SIL standards

Lifting Equipment Inspection

RICI’s scope of equipment inspections — for which RICI has been certified by the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) — includes, but is not limited to, the following.

  • Mobile Cranes
  • Overhead Cranes
  • Tower Cranes
  • Hoists
  • Mobile Elevating Work Platforms
  • Elevators
  • Lifting Accessories

Lifting inspections are carried out to verify that the lifting equipment and accessories remain safe to use, and to find any defects or deterioration in good time, to avoid any accidents due to any possible failure of the equipment. These inspections are required to be carried out at specified intervals throughout the lifetime of any equipment by a competent person with the requisite practical and theoretical knowledge of the equipment being examined.

RICI’s scope of equipment inspections includes, but is not limited to, the following.

They should be able to spot any signs of weakness or damage that could be a potential hazard. This could be a member of your team with relevant knowledge or could be someone from another organization. The person who carries the lifting equipment inspection must then complete a written report.

This report should detail everything about the inspection, such as:

  • When the inspection was carried out
  • What date the next inspection should take place
  • Any defect that were found which could become a danger in the future

If any defects or damage are found during the inspection, they should be reported immediately so the person in charge can get these sorted as soon as possible.

RICI Inspection services can help you out by:

  • Maintain the capability of your critical equipment
  • Meet the relevant regulatory requirements
  • Ensure safety and proper working of all lifting equipment

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