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1.1.1. The requirements of this Section apply to annual surveys of all ships. The specific
requirements for annual surveys related to service notations and additional class
notations assigned to ships are addressed in Part A, Chapter 4 and Part A, Chapter 5,
respectively. Note 1: Ships assigned with the service notation yacht and having a length
less than 24 m are not submitted to annual surveys for hull and machinery.

1.1.2. At the time of annual surveys, the ship is to be generally examined. The survey is to
include a visual inspection of the hull, equipment and machinery of the ship and some
tests thereof, so far as necessary and practicable in order to verify that the ship is in a
acceptable general condition and is properly maintained.

1.1.3. Owners are reminded that, in compliance with the requirements in Ch 2, Sec 2, [6.4],
any modification to the ship’s hull, equipment and machinery affecting its classification
is to be made known to the Society.

2.1 Hull and hull equipment

2.1.1. The survey is to include a general external examination and testing, where appropriate,
of the following items, as applicable:
 outer shell plating above the waterline, relevant shell doors and accessible parts of the
 plating of freeboard deck and exposed decks, superstructures, with their openings and
means of closure
 means of closing and securing the weathertightness of miscellaneous openings in
freeboard, superstructure and exposed decks (cargo hatchways, other hatchways and
other openings) (for details see [2.2])
 sidescuttles and deadlights, chutes and other openings with their means of closure
 bulwarks and, if applicable, the provision of freeing ports, special attention being paid
to freeing ports with shutters
 guardrails, gangways, walkways, ladders and any other means provided for the
protection of the crew and means for safe passage for crew
 inlets, scuppers and sanitary discharges, valves on discharge lines and their control.
 ventilators, air pipes, overflow pipes and gas vent pipes, with their coamings, means of
closure and flame screens, where required.
 flame screens on vents to all bunker tanks.
 all air pipe heads installed on the exposed decks (i.e. those extending above the
freeboard deck or superstructure decks).
 weld connection between air pipes and deck plating fittings and appliances for timber
deck cargoes, where applicable verification of the position of the deck line (or reference
line) and load lines and timber marks, if any, which, if necessary, are to be re-marked
and re-painted.
 deck equipment such as lifeboat davit foundations, bollards, fairleads, hawse pipes, etc.,
masts and associated rigging, including lightning conductors
 anchoring and mooring equipment, as far as practicable
 towing and mooring equipment properly marked with any restriction associated with its
safe operation (only for ships built after 1st January 2007).
 watertight bulkheads, their watertight doors and associated local and remote controls,
and their watertight penetrations
 main and auxiliary steering arrangements, including their associated equipment and
control systems, and manoeuvring gear
 fire divisions and fire doors, dampers in ventilation ducts, means of closure of skylights
and other openings confirmation, as far as practicable, that no significant changes have
been made to the arrangement of the structural fire protection, including cargo spaces
intended for the carriage of dangerous goods
 confirmation that emergency escape routes from accommodation and service spaces are
 accessible cargo holds, in particular in areas likely to be damaged by cargo handling
confirmation that the drainage from enclosed cargo spaces situated on the freeboard
deck is satisfactory engine room
 where fitted, helicopter deck and its supporting structure safety net and arrangements
for the prevention of sliding
 availability of loading manual
 availability of electronic loading instrument, where required, and verification with
standard test
 availability of approved stability documentation
 checking, in general, that there has been no deterioration in the strength of the hull
 verification that no alterations have been made to the hull or superstructures that would
affect the position of the load lines
 superstructure end bulkheads and openings therein
 watertight integrity of the closures to any openings in the ship's side shell below the
freeboard deck (particularly, cargo ports and other similar openings
 garbage chutes, as far as practicable
 spurling pipes and cable lockers for verification that permanent devices are fitted to
minimize water ingress
 if applicable, special requirements for ships permitted to sail with type “A” or type “B-
minus” freeboard (machinery casing, gangway and access, hatchways and freeing
 hull and its closing appliances, in general and as far as can be seen.