Container Ships: Guidelines for Surveys, Assessment and Repair of Hull Structures

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January 2005

Container Ships: Guidelines for Surveys, Assessment and Repair of Hull Structures

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This publication provides guidelines to the survey, assessment and repair of container ship hulls. It focuses on the IACS Member Societies' survey.

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One of a series of manuals produced by the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) to assist the Surveyors of IACS Member Societies and other interested parties involved in the survey, assessment and repair of hull structures for certain ship types.

1 Introduction


2 Class survey requirements

2.1 Periodical Classification Surveys
2.2 Damage and repair Surveys
2.3 Voyage Repairs and Maintenance


3 Technical background for surveys
3.1 General
3.2 Definitions
3.3 Structural Damages and Deterioration
3.4 Handling of Defects
3.5 IACS Early Warning Scheme (EWS) for Reporting of Significant Hull Damage


4 Survey planning, preparation and execution
4.1 General
4.2 Conditions for Survey
4.3 Access Arrangement and Safety
4.4 Personal Equipment
4.5 Thickness Measurement and Fracture Detection
4.6 Survey at Sea or at Anchorage
4.7 Documentation on Board


5 Structural detail failures and repairs
5.1 General
5.2 Catalogue of Structural Detail Failures and Repairs


Part 1 Cargo hold region
Area 1 Fore End Structures
Area 2 Side Structure Including Side Tanks
Area 3 Transverse Bulkhead Structure
Area 4 Double Bottom Tank Structure


Part 2 Fore and aft end regions
Area 1 Fore End Structures
Area 2 Aft End Structures
Area 3 Stern Frame, Rudder Arrangement and Propeller Shaft Support


Part 3 Machinery and accommodation spaces
Area 1 Engine Room Structure
Area 2 Accommodation Structure

Dedicated to safe ships and clean seas, IACS makes a unique contribution to maritime safety and regulation through technical support, compliance verification and research and development. More than 90% of the world's cargo carrying tonnage is covered by the classification design, construction and through-life compliance rules and standards set by the twelve Member Societies of IACS.

IACS is a not for profit membership organisation of classification societies that establish minimum technical standards and requirements that address maritime safety and environmental protection and ensures their consistent application.  It carries out this responsibility through its panels, expert groups and project teams and provides a Quality System Certification Scheme (QSCS) that its Members comply with, as an assurance of professional integrity and maintenance of high professional standards.  IACS is recognized as the principal technical advisor of IMO.

Title: Container Ships: Guidelines for Surveys, Assessment and Repair of Hull Structures
Number of Pages: 162
Product Code: 4400W117
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-85609-296-8 (9781856092968), ISBN 10: 1-85609-296-8 (1856092968)
Published Date: January 2005
Binding Format: Paperback
Book Height: 296 mm
Book Width: 210 mm
Book Spine: 10 mm
Weight: 0.60 kg

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