2 Renewal survey
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2 Renewal survey

2.1 General

  2.1.1 The renewal survey may be commenced at the fourth annual survey and be progressed during the succeeding year with a view to completion by the fifth anniversary date.

  2.1.2 As part of the preparation for the renewal survey, the survey programme should be dealt with in advance of the survey. The thickness measurement should not be held before the fourth annual survey.

  2.1.3 The survey should include, in addition to the requirements of the annual survey, examination, tests and checks of sufficient extent to ensure that the hull and related piping is in a satisfactory condition and is fit for its intended purpose for the new period of validity of the Cargo Ship Safety Construction Certificate, subject to proper maintenance and operation and to renewal surveys being carried out.

  2.1.4 All cargo holds, ballast tanks, including double bottom and double-side tanks, pipe tunnels, cofferdams and void spaces bounding cargo holds, decks and outer hull should be examined, and this examination should be supplemented by thickness measurement and testing, as required by 2.6 and 2.7, to ensure that the structural integrity remains effective. The examination should be sufficient to discover substantial corrosion, significant deformation, fractures, damages or other structural deterioration.

  2.1.5 All piping systems within the above spaces should be examined and operationally tested under working conditions to ensure that the condition remains satisfactory.

  2.1.6 The survey extent of ballast tanks converted to void spaces should be specially considered in relation to the requirements for ballast tanks.

2.2 Dry-dock survey

  2.2.1 A survey in dry dock should be a part of the renewal survey. There should be a minimum of two inspections of the outside of the ship's bottom during the five-year period of the certificate. In all cases, the maximum interval between bottom inspections should not exceed 36 months.

  2.2.2 For ships of 15 years of age and over, inspection of the outside of the ship's bottom should be carried out with the ship in dry dock. For ships of less than 15 years of age, alternate inspections of the ship's bottom not conducted in conjunction with the renewal survey may be carried out with the ship afloat. Inspection of the ship afloat should only be carried out when the conditions are satisfactory and the proper equipment and suitably qualified staff are available.

  2.2.3 If a survey in dry-dock is not completed in conjunction with the enhanced survey during renewal survey or if the 36 month maximum interval referred to in 2.2.1 is not complied with, the Cargo Ship Safety Construction Certificate should cease to be valid until a survey in dry-dock is completed.

2.3 Space protection

 Where provided, the condition of the corrosion prevention system of ballast tanks should be examined. For ballast tanks, excluding double bottom tanks, where a coating is found in POOR condition as defined in 1.2.11, and it is not renewed, or where a soft coating has been applied, or where a coating has not been applied, the tanks in question should be examined at annual intervals. When such breakdown of coating is found in ballast double bottom tanks, or where a soft coating has been applied or where a coating has not been applied, the tanks in question may be examined at annual intervals. When considered necessary by the surveyor, or where extensive corrosion exists, thickness measurement should be carried out. Where a protective coating is provided in cargo holds and is found in good condition, the extent of close-up surveys and thickness measurements may be specially considered.

2.4 Hatch covers and coamings

  2.4.1 A thorough inspection of the items listed in 3.3 should be carried out.

  2.4.2 Checking of the satisfactory operation of all mechanically operated hatch covers should be made, including:

  • .1 stowage and securing in open condition;

  • .2 proper fit and efficiency of sealing in closed condition;

  • .3 operational testing of hydraulic and power components, wires, chains and link drives.

  2.4.3 The effectiveness of sealing arrangements of all hatch covers by hose testing or equivalent should be checked.

  2.4.4 Thickness measurement of the hatch cover and coaming plating and stiffeners should be carried out as given in annex 2.

2.5 Extent of overall and close-up surveys

  2.5.1 An overall survey of all spaces excluding fuel oil tanks should be carried out at the renewal survey. Fuel oil tanks in way of cargo holds should be sufficiently examined to ensure that their condition is satisfactory.

  2.5.2 Each renewal survey should include a close-up examination of sufficient extent to establish the condition of the cargo holds and ballast tanks as indicated in annex 1.

2.6 Extent of thickness measurements

  2.6.1 The requirements for thickness measurements at the renewal survey are given in annex 2.

  2.6.2 Representative thickness measurements to determine both general and local levels of corrosion in the transverse web frames in all water ballast tanks should be carried out. Thickness measurements should also be carried out to determine the corrosion levels on the transverse bulkhead plating. The thickness measurements may be dispensed with provided the surveyor is satisfied by the close-up examination that there is no structural diminution, and the coating where applied remains efficient.

  2.6.3 The surveyor may extend the thickness measurements as deemed necessary. Provisions for extended measurements for areas with substantial corrosion as defined in 1.2.9 are given in annex 10.

  2.6.4 For areas in spaces where coatings are found to be in GOOD condition as defined in 1.2.11, the extent of thickness measurements according to annex 2 may be specially considered by the Administration. Where a protective coating is provided in cargo holds and is found in good condition, the extent of close-up surveys and thickness measurements may be specially considered.

  2.6.5 Transverse sections should be chosen where the largest reductions are suspected to occur or are revealed from deck plating measurements.

2.7 Extent of tank pressure testing

  2.7.1 All boundaries of ballast tanks, deep tanks and cargo holds used for ballast within the cargo hold length should be pressure tested. Representative tanks for fresh water, fuel oil and lubrication oil should also be pressure tested.

  2.7.2 Generally, the hydrostatic pressure should correspond to a water level to the top of hatches for ballast/cargo holds, or top of air pipes for ballast tanks or fuel tanks.


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