Guide for Hull Inspection and Maintenance Program

GUIDE FOR

HULL INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAM

SEPTEMBER 2012

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This revision has taken this factor into account and clarifies requirements for Hull Inspection and Monitoring Program for MODUs so that these can be applied in a more efficient manner. MODU crew may have difficulties in safely accessing spaces as frequently as may be possible on a ship. such an approach provides a means to regularly evaluate and maintain the vessel’s hull structural condition. ABS supports the implementation by Owners of a proactive hull maintenance program complying with self-imposed standards and the requirements in this Guide.eagle.org. Comments or suggestions can be sent electronically by email to rsd@eagle. 2012 . Users are advised to check periodically on the ABS website www. This Guide becomes effective on the first day of the month of publication. In conjunction with the normal classification surveys. Ships in service provide more opportunities to monitor the vessel’s hull structure.Foreword Foreword This is the third edition of the Guide for Hull Inspection and Maintenance Program. We welcome your feedback. The edition adopts a more logical approach for applying requirements on Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODUs).org to verify that this version of this Guide is the most current. ii ABS GUIDE FOR HULL INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAM .

........................................1 7...................................................... 1 Statutory Requirements ................................................................................................................................................................. 2 Implementation Survey .............................................................................................................. 2 1 3 5 7 Age and Type of Vessel ..................................1 3......................................... 4 3............................................................................................................. 2 7................................... 3 9 11 Periodic Surveys ... 8 SECTION 4 Onboard Documentation ..................................................................................................................................................3 3.............. 3 SECTION 3 HIMP Requirements ...........................................................................................................................5 Inspection Intervals .............. 6 5 Qualified Inspector Training ..............................................................................1 IACS PR 33 Owner’s Hull Inspection and Maintenance Schemes .................................................... 2 Implementation ....................................................... 1 1 General ......... 5 Inspection Requirements for Mobile Offshore Drilling Units ..........................................1 SECTION 2 Program Requirements ................. 2 Damages and Failures ........................................................................................................... 2012 iii ................................................................................................. 5 Inspection Requirements for Vessels other than Mobile Offshore Drilling Units ...... 1 1..........Table of Contents GUIDE FOR HULL INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAM CONTENTS SECTION 1 Introduction ..................... 10 1 3 References .. 9 1 General ......................................................................................................................... 10 ABS GUIDE FOR HULL INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAM ...................................... 9 APPENDIX 1 References and Definitions ..................................................... 3 Cancellation of Program ....................3 Confirmation of Onboard Documents and Software ......... 1 3 Scope ............................................................................................................ 4 HIMP Inspection Intervals and Requirements ...... 2 Surveys .................................................... 10 Definitions . 4 1 3 Details of the Program .................................................................................................................................... 1 3..

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However. Although ABS is authorized to perform statutory surveys on behalf of many flag States. as required by the applicable ABS Rules or Guides used for classing the vessel’s hull structure. 3 Scope This Guide is intended to address the requirements for the Hull Inspection and Maintenance Program in conjunction with the applicable requirements of the ABS Rules/Guides.Section 1: Introduction SECTION 1 Introduction 1 General The Hull Inspection and Maintenance Program (HIMP) is offered by ABS to assist Owners and Operators to more effectively inspect and maintain the hull structure on their vessels. ABS GUIDE FOR HULL INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAM . This Guide details the procedures associated with the development and implementation of an approved Hull Inspection and Maintenance Program. or a substitute for. The administration or regulatory body is the final determining body for statutory or regulatory requirements under their jurisdiction. Note: The general term “vessel” used throughout this Guide is meant to be a ship. This Guide sets forth requirements for the HIMP intended to assist users in the development. MARPOL. Hull structure inspection and maintenance on vessels using the HIMP with or without the associated notation.. and application of their hull maintenance management systems. nor does it waive ABS Surveyor attendance for the periodic surveys necessary for maintenance of Class. 2012 1 . or any other floating or fixed structure where HIMP would be applicable. ABS is not in a position to alter or waive the statutory requirements. improvement. including damage and repair.1 IACS PR 33 Owner’s Hull Inspection and Maintenance Schemes Owner’s hull inspection and maintenance schemes are to be encouraged as a means for maintaining compliance with classification and statutory requirements between surveys. the performance of required classification and/or statutory surveys of the hull by the Surveyors of the Society. When properly performed by Owner’s qualified inspectors who are acceptable to ABS. The Surveyors may be assisted.g. physical survey or other approved means. Vessels enrolled in this program may be eligible for the optional class notation HIMP. Load Line. or of another duly authorized Society. SOLAS. 1. an offshore unit or facility. calculation. 3. by service suppliers as defined in UR Z17. These requirements are applicable to those features that are permanent in nature and can be verified by plan review. MODU Code). a barge. does not supersede the judgment of an ABS Surveyor.1 Statutory Requirements The application of this Guide does not cover any statutory survey requirements that may apply to the vessel being considered (e. these schemes are not to be accepted as an alternative to. such a program may be used as an aid to more effectively assess and document the condition of the hull structure. where appropriate.

or alternatively. 7 Implementation Implementation of HIMP requires an onboard attendance by ABS. To assist in the ABS review. Owners may support the application with details of their in-place maintenance programs. deterioration or repair to the hull. open recommendations and tank coating conditions. The HIMP notation becomes fully effective upon verification survey and confirmation of the following by the ABS Surveyor. or alternatively. ABS NS5 HIM software is installed and operational on the vessel’s computer. HIMP is offered to all ABS classed vessels. All repairs found necessary are to be carried out to the Surveyor’s satisfaction prior to participation in HIMP. 3 Surveys ABS periodic surveys required to maintain classification of the vessel are to be up-to-date and without any outstanding recommendations affecting the vessel’s hull structure. Damage. When an existing vessel applies to enter the program. 7. which do not comply with the HIMP requirements.Section 2: Program Requirements SECTION 2 Program Requirements In order to enroll in the Hull Inspection and Maintenance Program (HIMP). 2 ABS GUIDE FOR HULL INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAM . an ABS approved HIMP manual is placed on board. ABS will conduct a review of the vessel’s survey history to assess the details of the hull structure. previous hull damages. Written confirmation from ABS that it has provided Owner’s representatives with Qualified Inspector training. failure. Upon completion of this review. evidence of another ABS approved Qualified Inspector training program.1 Confirmation of Onboard Documents and Software The following documents are to be confirmed by the attending Surveyor: i) ii) iii) Approval by ABS for entry into HIMP. which affects or may affect classification. 5 Damages and Failures Any class and/or statutory outstanding recommendations/deficiencies associated with the vessel’s hull structure are to be satisfactorily rectified prior to participation in HIMP. 2012 . vessels are to meet the following conditions: 1 Age and Type of Vessel There is no restriction on the age or type of a vessel when entered into the program. the Owner is to be notified of any issues. Vessels found to be in satisfactory condition may be considered eligible for HIMP. is to be submitted for examination by an ABS Surveyor at the first opportunity.

org – Resources | Publications | Marine).3 Implementation Survey When ABS verification in accordance with 2/7. iii) Upon satisfactory completion of the above. including grading of the zones within the space on each of the six criteria in accordance with the ABS “Inspection Grading Criteria for the ABS Hull Inspection and Maintenance Program (HIMP)” (see www. Note: During other classification surveys such as the Intermediate and Special Periodical or Continuous Survey – Hull. or alternatively. HIMP information is being updated on the NS5 HIM software. iii) At the time of the survey. as a result of the above examination. is to be assessed by the Surveyor.eagle. and the Surveyor is to review and verify the following information: i) ii) Vessel’s Status and History ABS NS5 HIM software maintained with the minimum inspection criteria as outlined in Subsection 3/1 of this Guide. 9 Periodic Surveys HIMP is to be subject to annual confirmation surveys conducted in conjunction with each Annual Survey – Hull. the program. the following implementation survey is to be carried out: i) ii) A minimum of two ballast tanks are to be examined by the classroom trained Inspector in the presence of the ABS Surveyor. The Inspector’s decisions. as well as the HIMP notation. is to be suspended at such time until an updated plan is resubmitted for approval: i) ii) Change of ownership or management of the vessel Transfer of class The Owner may cancel the HIMP at any time by informing ABS in writing.1 is completed. the attending Surveyor is to report back to ABS recommending the vessel’s HIMP to be initiated in the ABS system. the records of the Hull Inspection and Maintenance Program are to be made available for the attending Surveyor(s) to review prior to conducting the survey.Section 2 Program Requirements 7. an ABS Approved HIMP manual reflecting compliance with the aforementioned minimum inspection criteria is onboard the vessel. that affect or may affect classification are to be examined by an ABS Surveyor. Areas with damages or other defects indicated in the inspection report(s). 2012 3 . 11 Cancellation of Program The class notation HIMP may be terminated by ABS if any of the following is found: i) ii) iii) The program is not being satisfactorily carried out Maintenance records are found to be unacceptable General condition of the hull structure is determined to be unacceptable Under any of the following circumstances. the ABS approved HIMP manual and the planned inspections are being carried out and reported upon by a qualified Inspector responsible for maintaining the details of the program as required. is to be assessed by the Surveyor. or alternatively. the Surveyor is also to conduct a general review of the HIMP inspections undertaken by the qualified Inspector(s) within the previous year. The Inspector’s capability and proper entry of the findings into the ABS NS5 HIM software. ABS GUIDE FOR HULL INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAM .

and the date of the last related training or re-training. Maintenance descriptions for each item detailing the minimum work necessary to demonstrate that a satisfactory examination of the item will be made. a record of the ABS approval of the training program shall be kept onboard the vessel for verification at annual surveys. the name of the facility which provided the training. Any findings. When occasional inspections and maintenance are carried out. (For information only) The program is to at least report on structural condition/grading of all applicable items required to be inspected in accordance with 3/3.. deck. License no. another ABS-approved training program (see Subsection 3/5). 4 ABS GUIDE FOR HULL INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAM . iv) v) vi) vii) viii) • • ix) Training of qualified Inspectors is to be provided by ABS. The photos are to be digitally date stamped. bulkheads and longitudinals as identified on the vessel’s drawings) The conditions as found including documentation by representative digital photographs. This is to include a system for reporting the following information to the Owners/Management office as well as recording same onboard the vessel: • Details of the inspections carried out (details are to include proper structure identification such as tank/hold information.. x) 3 HIMP Inspection Intervals and Requirements The inspections performed in accordance with the NS5 HIM software or the ABS-approved HIMP manual are not intended to preclude the Owner from carrying out occasional or additional inspections and maintenance as a result of an unexpected failure or event (such as damage resulting from heavy weather or cargo loading/unloading operations) which may affect the condition of the hull or equipment.3 through 3/3. Grading of the zones within the tanks/spaces inspected on each of the six criteria in accordance with the ABS “Inspection Grading Criteria for the ABS Hull Inspection and Maintenance Program (HIMP)” General Arrangement plans available onboard Mid-ship Section plan available onboard for ship-shaped vessels Operations Manual for offshore units is to be available onboard.). Sample reporting and recording procedures to demonstrate that the HIMP is being properly adhered to onboard the vessel. As a minimum. seaman card no. frame number.g. Records of qualified Inspectors are to be maintained onboard the vessel for Surveyor verification. etc. are to be recorded. the details of such inspections including the conditions found.Section 3: HIMP Requirements SECTION 3 HIMP Requirements 1 Details of the Program The Owner’s HIMP program is to at least include the following: i) ii) iii) Confirmation that the Company has a safety policy and procedures in place for confined space entry. this shall include the individual’s name. repairs or maintenance undertaken shall be reported upon by a Company-consistent scheme which is capable of denoting the severity of any finding. 2012 . title.. A minimum of six (6) photos per any zone examined. or alternatively. qualification certificate no. When the training has been provided by a facility other than ABS. unique qualification tracking number (e.5 of this Guide. shell plating. stringers.. company employee no..

2 Intermediate Inspections Intermediate inspections are required to be completed prior to ABS attendance for the Drydocking Survey (or UWILD if agreed by ABS). In no case is this frequency to be extended beyond 36 months from the date the last such inspection was completed.1 Annual Inspections Annual inspections are required to be completed prior to ABS attendance for the Annual Survey of Hull.3. Drydocking Survey cannot be credited by ABS until all due intermediate inspections are completed by the qualified Inspector and reported in ABS NS5 HIM software.1. 3.1. helicopter landing pads Piping and supports Superstructures and deckhouses.3 Inspection Requirements for Vessels other than Mobile Offshore Drilling Units Inspection requirements for vessels other than mobile offshore drilling units are to comply with 3/3. 3.3.3 5 Year Inspections 5 year inspections are required to be completed prior to ABS attendance for the Special Survey of Hull. The frequency of the 5 year inspections is not to exceed 60 months from the anniversary date or completion of the last such inspection. 7-2-1/7 of the ABS MODU Rules and Part 1 of the ABS Rules.1 through 3/3.1. the requirements of an “Intermediate Inspection” are the same as a rulerequired “Intermediate Drydocking/UWILD”. In general. Annual Survey of Hull cannot be credited by ABS until all due annual inspections are completed by the qualified Inspector and reported in ABS NS5 HIM software.3. including doors and closing appliances Shell plating above the waterline Cargo holds. 3. it is to be submitted by the Owner or Operator for examination by a Surveyor at the first opportunity in accordance with 7-1-1/7 of the ABS Rules for Survey After Construction (Part 7). frequency of annual inspections is to be 12 months. 3. In no case is this frequency to be extended beyond 18 months from the date the last such inspection was completed.1 Inspection Intervals The following minimum intervals are to be maintained.Section 3 HIMP Requirements If any deficiency which affects or may affect classification is discovered during the HIMP inspection. 3.1 Annual Inspection The following items are to be examined and reported: i) ii) iii) iv) v) vi) vii) viii) ix) x) xi) Deck area structure Structural and coating condition of all ballast and cargo/ballast tanks including peak tanks Hatch covers and access hatches with closing appliances Deck equipment. frequency of intermediate inspections is to be between 24 to 36 months. 2012 . Special Survey of Hull cannot be credited by ABS until all due 5 year inspections are completed by the qualified Inspector and reported in ABS NS5 HIM software. Note: For mobile offshore drilling units. cargo tanks and spaces Voids and/or cofferdams Pipe ducts and tunnels Longitudinal box girders and cross deck box beams 5 ABS GUIDE FOR HULL INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAM . In general. deck fittings.3. 3.

3. internal bulkheads.3.3. longitudinal/cross deck ‘I’ or ‘box’ type girders.3.5. These structures may include but are not limited to the.1 Annual Inspection for MODUs The following items are to be examined and reported: i) ii) External condition of all shell and deck plating and structures above the waterline External condition of all accessible hull structure above the waterline designated as “Special Application Structure” or “Primary Application Structure” and as defined in the ABS Rules for Building and Classing Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODU Rules) or as indicated on the Owner’s construction portfolio. such as: a) b) c) Fresh water tanks Fuel. Hull structure members such as all: a) b) c) d) e) 6 iii) Hatch covers or other closing appliances Deck fittings or equipment Main deck piping supports Anchoring/mooring winch foundations Topside module stool foundations ABS GUIDE FOR HULL INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAM . whichever is the more onerous.3. framing.2 of this Guide Internal condition of entire boundary plating.1 and 3/3.5 Inspection Requirements for Mobile Offshore Drilling Units Inspection requirements for mobile offshore drilling units are to comply with 3/3. lattice-type legs. framing. 3-2-4.5.3.5. girders and other type of stiffening members of all tanks containing bilge or oily water Internal condition of entire boundary plating.3 Void spaces Storage rooms Cofferdams 5 Year Inspection Requirements The following items are to be examined and reported: i) ii) All inspections required by 3/3. 2012 . crane pedestals. horizontal/transverse/diagonal bracings. framing. such as: a) b) c) 3.3. internal bulkheads..3. columns.Section 3 HIMP Requirements xii) xiii) 3.2 of this Guide 3.3. For detailed listing of such structures refer to Sections 3-2-3.1 and 3/3.1 of this Guide External condition of all shell plating below the waterline Internal condition of entire boundary plating. lower hulls (pontoons). girders and other type of stiffening members of all dry spaces.2 Other accessible spaces Sea connections and overboard discharges Intermediate Inspection The following items are to be examined and reported: i) ii) iii) iv) All inspections required by 3/3. diesel or lube oil tanks All other liquid tanks not required to be inspected per 3/3. etc. and 3-2-5 of the MODU Rules.1 through 3/3. girders and other type of stiffening members of all tanks that are designed to mainly carry liquids other than salt water. internal bulkheads.

3. girders and other type of stiffening members of all pipe ducts/tunnels and chain lockers Internal condition of entire boundary plating. 2012 .5. internal bulkheads. Coating conditions reported with less than “Good” will require annual inspection of all such tanks. such as: a) b) c) d) e) Note: Ballast tanks Preload tanks Cargo/ballast tanks Peak tanks Brine tanks Coating condition of all ballast.1 and 3/3. and mud pump rooms) and all control stations for safe operation of the vessel Superstructures and deck houses (including doors and closing appliances) v) 3.2 of this Guide Internal structural and coating condition of entire boundary plating. shaker rooms. Coating conditions reported with less than “Good” will require similar visual internal examination of additional ballast tanks. girders and other type of stiffening members of all dry spaces. internal bulkheads. girders and other type of stiffening members of two representative ballast tanks that are designed to mainly carry salt water Note: Coating condition of these representative ballast tanks are to be surveyed and verified by ABS to be in “Good” condition. bow thrusters spaces. framing. internal bulkheads. internal bulkheads.g. and may also result in annual inspection of all such tanks.Section 3 HIMP Requirements f) g) h) i) j) k) iv) Flare boom foundation Fairlead foundations of drilling units Anchor racks Substructure of drilling units Cantilever structure of drilling units Helideck and support structures Machinery or service spaces (e.5. such as: a) b) c) Void spaces Storage rooms Cofferdams 7 ABS GUIDE FOR HULL INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAM . cargo/ballast and peak tanks are to be surveyed and verified by ABS to be in “Good” condition.5.2 Intermediate Inspection for MODUs The following items are to be examined and reported: i) ii) iii) iv) All inspections required by 3/3. framing.3 5 Year Inspection for MODUs The following items are to be examined and reported: i) ii) All inspections required by 3/3. framing.5. cargo pump rooms. preload. engine room. steering gear room.. girders and other type of stiffening members of all tanks that are designed to mainly carry salt water or brine.1 of this Guide External condition of all shell plating below the waterline External condition of ship-side shell connections of all sea inlet/discharge valves Internal structural and coating condition of entire boundary plating.5. framing. iii) iv) Internal condition of entire boundary plating.

framing. 2012 . Internal condition of entire boundary plating. Note: Qualification training of Inspectors for any offshore unit is to be carried out by ABS. classification surveys.2 of this guide vi) vii) viii) Internal condition of all sea inlet/discharge valves. the training program is to include topics such as the method for surveying vessel structures. The training can be done by ABS. internal bulkheads. As a minimum.1 and 3/3. internal bulkheads.Section 3 HIMP Requirements v) Internal condition of entire boundary plating.5. by an outside training program. 5 Qualified Inspector Training The vessel’s designated hull Inspector responsible for carrying out the inspections required by HIMP is to undergo training prior to being qualified for this program. acceptance and evaluation criteria. If the training is not conducted by ABS. such as: a) b) c) d) e) f) Fresh water tanks Drill water tanks Fuel. whichever is the more onerous.5. framing. etc. girders and other type of stiffening members of all tanks that are designed to mainly carry liquids other than salt water or brine. terminology of applicable structures. evaluation/grading of the zones within the space on each of the six criteria in accordance with the ABS “Inspection Grading Criteria for the ABS Hull Inspection and Maintenance Program (HIMP)”. 8 ABS GUIDE FOR HULL INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAM . Internal condition of entire boundary plating. reporting. girders and other type of stiffening members of all tanks containing bilge or oily water. typical hull defects and/or critical areas associated with the vessel types. internal bulkheads. details of the training program are to be submitted to ABS for review prior to acceptance. framing. or internally as decided by the Owner/ Operator. girders and other type of stiffening members of all tanks/spaces containing a hull structure designated as “Special Application Structure” or “Primary Application Structure” and as defined in the MODU Rules or as indicated on the Owner’s construction portfolio. diesel or lube oil tanks Mud pit tanks Cement tanks All other liquid tanks not required to be inspected per 3/3.

Section 4: Onboard Documentation SECTION 4 Onboard Documentation 1 General Vessels registered in HIMP are required to maintain the following documents onboard. as applicable Structural drawings for the vessel Inspection reports and associated digital photographs associated with all inspections carried out by the qualified Inspector(s) during the prior five years Records of all ABS endorsed hull thickness measurement (gauging) and Nondestructive Testing (NDT) carried out on the vessel during the past five years ABS GUIDE FOR HULL INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAM . 2012 9 . which are to be readily available to the attending Surveyor: i) ii) iii) iv) v) Copies of qualified Inspector certificates for those individuals who have performed inspections on the vessel during the prior five years A copy of the Hull Inspection and Maintenance Program (HIMP) manual.

Appendix 1: References and Definitions APPENDIX 1 References and Definitions 1 References During the development of the Hull Planned Maintenance Program (HIMP) manuals. 2012 . IACS – Guidance for the Inspection and Maintenance of Double Hull Tanker Structures IACS – Guidance Manual for Tanker Structures IACS – Shipbuilding and Repair Quality Standard – SARQS TSCF – Tanker Structure Co-operative Forum – Guidelines for the Inspection and Maintenance of Double Hull Tanker Structures. reference should be made to the following documents. 10 ABS GUIDE FOR HULL INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAM . IACS Bulk Carriers: Guidelines for Surveys. Assessment and Repair of Hull Structures. as applicable: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • ABS Rules for Building and Classing Steel Vessels ABS Rules for Building and Classing Mobile Offshore Drilling Units ABS Rules for Building and Classing Offshore Installations ABS Rules for Building and Classing Steel Barges ABS Guide for Building and Classing Mobile Offshore Units ABS Guide for Building and Classing Floating Production Installations ABS Guide for Nondestructive Inspection of Hull Welds ABS Guide for the Class Notation “Coating Performance Standard” (CPS) Inspection Grading Criteria for the ABS Hull Inspection and Maintenance Program (HIMP) IACS Recommendation 87 – Guidelines for Coatings Maintenance and Repairs ABS/IACS Common Structural Rules IACS Container Ships: Guidelines for Surveys. Assessment and Repair of Hull Structures. TSCF – Tanker Structure Co-operative Forum – Guidance Manual for the Inspection and Condition Assessment of Tanker Structures. and when carrying out surveys onboard. 3 Definitions The definitions that are applicable to this Guide can be found in 7-1-1/3 of the ABS Rules for Survey after Construction (Part 7) and 7-2-1/3 of the MODU Rule.