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Chapter 7. Structural condition
Note: Tank entry should only be undertaken if a suitable safe opportunity exists and if it is permitted by theinspecting OCIMF Member, the tanker operator and the terminal.
7.1 Is the hull free from visible structural defects that warrant further investigation?
Notes: Inspection of the hull should include checking for any evidence of structural problems includingcollision contact or distortion from heavy weather.Class records should be examined to confirm that class has been involved whenever significant damagehas occurred or been repaired.
7.2 Are weather decks free from visible structural defects that warrant further investigation?
Note: Inspection of weather decks should include checking for any evidence of wastage, structuralproblems including evidence of over-pressurisation, collision contact or distortion from heavy weather.
7.3 Is the superstructure free from visible structural defects that warrant further investigation?7.4 Are internal spaces free from visible structural defects that warrant further investigation?7.5 If any cargo and/or ballast tanks were inspected or sighted from the deck, were they in asatisfactory condition?
If the internals of a tank, or tanks, were sighted from the deck, record this fact either as an Observation or Other comments as applicable and list the findings as appropriate.
Notes: Regardless of whether tank entry is made, the opportunity should be taken where possible to sight from the deck the internal condition of at least two compartments and the forepeak.
Valuable indicationsas to the condition of compartments such as ballast tanks, access trunks and peak tanks can be madefrom a visual inspection from the outside.Indications of unsatisfactory conditions can be wastage of handrails and ladder rungs, visible corrosion onvertical and horizontal framing, knife-edges on brackets, visible cracking and deformations of bulkheads or frames.Leakage from adjacent tanks or valve glands may be indicated by the presence of oil or a sheen on theballast, the presence of gas or the sound of falling liquid.
7.6 If any cargo and/or ballast tanks were inspected internally, were they in a satisfactorycondition?
If any cargo or ballast tanks were inspected internally, record the following information:
The names of the compartment(s) inspected;
Where fitted, details of the condition of anodes;
Details of any fractures noted in any part of the structure;
Details of any visible corrosion wastage;
Details of localised pitting, particularly in bottom plating and under bell mouths;
Details of any visible signs of buckling;
If applicable, the condition of the coating (good, fair or poor);
Details of any signs of hard rust;
Areas of concern with respect to pipelines, bulkhead penetrations, ladders, fittings etc.;
Evidence of leakage from adjacent compartments.
For the purposes of this report, coating condition ‘
’ or ‘
’ is defined as follows:
condition with only minor spot rusting;
condition with local breakdown at edges of stiffeners and weld connections and/or light rusting over 20% or more of areas under consideration, but less than as defined for -poor condition;
condition with general breakdown of coating over 20% or more of areas or hard scale at 10%or more of areas under consideration.
If tank entry or sighting from the deck was not made, record a Not Seen response and record thecircumstances.