Marine officers who oversee local vessel safety have not held any regular internal meetings since April last year, according to a report submitted to lawmakers. The finding is one of four "non-conformities" to guidelines that foreign experts uncovered in a review commissioned by the Marine Department after the ferry collision off Lamma Island in October claimed 39 lives. Lloyd's Register, a London-based organisation that provides certification services in the energy and transport sectors, began its work in February and has now completed its findings. Based on the review, the local vessel safety section is to meet every two months, the department and the Transport and Housing Bureau say in their report to the Legislative Council. "However, there was no evidence of any such meeting being held since April 2012," the report says. It does not specify whether the section has held no meetings up to the day of the accident or up until Lloyd's Register conducted the review. The department has decided to hold meetings once every two weeks in future, the report says. The department hired Lloyd's to conduct annual reviews after a series of mistakes were found to have been committed in approving the design of the Lamma IV, which sank in the crash. Lloyd's Register also noted that if surveyors authorised by the department to conduct vessel inspections deviated from guidelines, there was no specific penalty mechanism. In one case, officials slapped eight warnings on an authorised surveyor but took no further action. Thirdly, the review said the department had not visited all its authorised surveyors or compiled all their reports. Lastly, it found there was no pre-determined frequency of spot checks on vessels. On top of the four non-conformities, the company listed 19 areas that could be improved. For example, it noted that authorised surveyors remained qualified for years to give their approval of vessels even if they had not conducted any inspections.