3.5.1 Examination of ballast tanks should be carried
out when required as a consequence of the results of the renewal survey
and intermediate survey. When extensive corrosion is found, thickness
measurements should be carried out.
3.5.2 Where substantial corrosion as defined in
1.2.7 is found, the extent of thickness measurements should be increased
in accordance with the requirements in annex 4.
3.5.3 For oil tankers exceeding 15 years of age,
all ballast tanks adjacent to (i.e. with a common plane boundary)
a cargo or fuel tank with any means of heating should be examined
internally. When considered necessary by the surveyor, thickness measurements
should be carried out and if the results of these thickness measurements
indicate that substantial corrosion is found, the extent of thickness
measurements should be increased in accordance with the requirements
of annex 4. Tanks or areas where coating was found to be in GOOD condition
at the previous intermediate or renewal survey may be specially considered
by the Administration."