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GUIDELINES FOR THE INSPECTION OF THE OUTSIDE OF THE SHIPS BOTTOM OF CARGO SHIPS

INTRODUCTION
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INSPECTION OF THE OUTSIDE OF THE SHIPS BOTTOM OFCARGO SHIPS


For the inspection of the outside of the ships bottom of cargo ships the inspection should consist of: 1. Examination of the ships shell including bottom and bow plating, keel, bilge keels, stem, stern frame and rudder; 2. Noting the clearances measured in the rudder bearings; 3. Examination of the propeller and shaft seals, as far as practicable;

INSPECTION OF THE OUTSIDE OF THE SHIPS BOTTOM OFCARGO SHIPS

4. Noting the clearance measured in the propeller shafts, as far as practicable; 5. Examination of sea chests and strainers; 6. The survey of related items inspected at the same time, all the related items.

INSPECTION OF THE OUTSIDE OF THE SHIPS BOTTOM OFCARGO SHIPS


Note: Related items mean those items which may only be inspected when the ship is in dry dock or undergoing an inwater examination of the outside of its bottom. For oil tankers, chemical tankers and gas carriers, this may mean that the ship has to be specially prepared by, for example, being cleaned and gas-freed. Then the survey of items such as the internal examination of cargo tanks, as is explained next

INSPECTION OF THE OUTSIDE OF THE SHIPS BOTTOM OFCARGO SHIPS


For the hull, machinery and equipment of cargo ships the intermediate survey should consist of: 1. For ships over 5 years of age, an internal examination of representative spaces used for water ballast; 3. For ships over 10 years of age, other than ships engaged in the carriage of dry cargoes only, an internal examination of selected cargo spaces; 4. For ships over 15 years of age, engaged in the carriage of dry cargoes only, an internal examination of selected cargo spaces.

INSPECTION OF THE OUTSIDE OF THE SHIPS BOTTOM OFCARGO SHIPS


For the hull, machinery and equipment of cargo ships for the additional requirements for oil tankers the intermediate survey should consist of: 1. Should there by any doubt as to its condition when examining the various piping systems, the piping may be required to be pressure tested, gauged or both. Particular attention is to be paid to repairs such as welded doublers; 2. For ships over ten years of age an internal examination of selected cargo spaces; 3. Testing the insulation resistance of electrical circuits in dangerous zones such as cargo pump rooms and areas adjacent to cargo tanks but in cases where a proper record of testing is maintained consideration should be given to accepting recent readings.

INSPECTION OF THE OUTSIDE OF THE SHIPS BOTTOM OFCARGO SHIPS


For the inspection of the outside of the ships bottom of cargo ships the completion of the inspection should consist of: 1. After a satisfactory survey, the Cargo Ship Safety Construction Certificate should be endorsed; 2. If a survey shows that the condition of a ship or its equipment is unsatisfactory, The officer of the Administration, nominated surveyor or recognized organization should be guided by the requirements of SOLAS 74/88 regulation I/6(c), MARPOL 73/78/90 Annex I

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regulation 4(3)(d), MARPOL 73/78/90 Annex II regulation 10(2)(c), the IBC Code 83/90 regulation 1.5.1.3, the IGC Code 83/90 regulation 1.5.1.3 and the BCH Code 85/90 regulation 1.6.1.3. These instruments require that corrective action be taken immediately and the Administration notified in due course. In cases where the corrective action has not been undertaken the relevant certificate should be withdrawn and the Administration notified immediately. If the ship is in the port of another Party, the appropriate authorities of the port State also notified immediately.

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