(1) A ship shall be subjected to the surveys specified
(a) An initial survey before the ship is put in
service, which shall include a complete inspection of its structure
and equipment in so far as the ship is covered by the present Convention.
The survey shall be such as to ensure that the arrangements, materials
and scantlings fully comply with the requirements of the present Convention.
(b) A renewal survey at intervals specified by
the Administration but not exceeding five years, except where paragraphs
(2), (5), (6) and (7) of article 19 are
applicable, which shall be such as to ensure that the structure, equipment,
arrangements, materials and scantlings fully comply with the requirements
of the present Convention.
(c) An annual survey within 3 months before or
after each anniversary date of the certificate to ensure that:
(i) alterations have not been made to the hull
or superstructures which would affect the calculations determining
the position of the load line;
(ii) the fittings and appliances for the protection
of openings, guard rails, freeing ports and means of access to crew’s
quarters are maintained in an effective condition;
(iii) the freeboard marks are correctly and permanently
(iv) the information required by regulation 10 is provided.
(2) The annual surveys referred to in paragraph
(1)(c) of this article shall be endorsed on the International Load
Line Certificate or the International Load Line Exemption Certificate
issued to a ship exempted under paragraph (2) of article
6 of the present Convention.