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Brackets: A triangular plate, commonly with a reinforcing flange, used to connect two members; used to stiffen or tie
beam angles to bulkheads, frames to longitudinals, etc.

Girders: A girder is a longitudinal member used in the construction of the bottom or the deck of a ship. They can be
solid or not and can be placed above the keel (centre girder) or spaced equal distances from it (side girders). They
can be continuous or divided by floor sections (intercostal side girders). The centre girder is always one continuous
piece and must be fastened to the keel with a continuous weld. Girders must extend as far as possible from the
forward to the aft end of a ship.
The frames, which are the ribs of the ship, serve to give the ship its form and at the same time support and stiffen the
shell plating. They are fastened at the bottom to the outer ends of the floors by brackets and at the top to the deck
Floor – A vertical athwartships member in way of the double-bottom. It will run from the center girder out to the margin
plate on either side of the vessel. There are two types of floors – solid floors and open / bracket floors.

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Margin plate – a fore and aft plate sited at the turn of the bilge. The upper edge is normally flanged to allow
connection to the tank top plating, while the opposite end is secured to the inside of the shell plate by an angle-bar
Strake: A for & aft row of shell or other plating.
Sheer strake – the continuous row of shell plates on a level with the uppermost continuous deck on both port and
stbd sides.
Breast hook - A triangular shaped plate fitted parallel to and between decks or side stringers, in the bow, for rigidly
fastening together the peak frames, stem and shell plating; also used in conjunction with above duties to fasten the
ends of side stringers firmly together.
Bulkhead (longitudinal) - A partition wall of plating running in a fore and aft direction.
Bulkhead (transverse) - A partition wall of plating running in an athwartship direction across the whole breadth of a
Intercostals - Plates which fit between floors, frames, or beams, as stiffeners.
Stringer A fore & aft member used to give longitudinal strength, made of angle bar, bulb angle channel or plates, etc.
Depending upon their locations, stringers are known as bilge stringers, side stringers, hole stringers, etc.
Beam: An athwartship member supporting a portion of a deck.
Stiffener: An angle bar, T – bar, channel etc, used to stiffen plating of a bulkhead or other member.
Stealer Plate:- to reduce the number of strakes at the bow, two strakes are tapered and joined at their ends by a
single plate known as a stealer plate.[ strakes that exist amidships (where the ship has greater girth) but have been
eliminated at the bow and stern to reduce the amount of plating]
Pillar: A vertical memberor column which provides support to a deck girder.
Coaming: The vertical boundary of a hatch or skylight.


The plating of a flat transverse bulkhead is generally welded in horizontal strakes. It has always been the practice to
use horizontal strakes of plating since the plate thickness increases with depth below the top of the bulkhead. The
reason for this is that the plate thickness is directly related to the pressure exerted by the head of water when a
compartment on one side of the bulkhead is flooded. Apart from the depth, the plate thickness is also influenced by
the supporting stiffener spacing.

 Vertical stiffeners are fitted to the transverse watertight bulkheads of a ship;

 the stiffeners are generally vertical bulb plates spaced 760mm apart.
 in case of collision bulkheads and oil tight bulkheads it is spaced 610mm apart.

Stiffening is usually in the form of welded inverted ordinary angle bars, or offset bulb plates, the size of the stiffener
being dependent on the unsupported length, stiffener spacing, and rigidity of the end connections. Rigidity of the end
connections will depend on the form of end connection, stiffeners in holds being bracketed or simply directly welded to
the tank top or underside of deck, whilst upper tween stiffeners need not have any connection at all.

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b/t : not to exceed 70 at bottom, 85 at top

Swedged and corrugated bulkheads - the swedges like the troughs of a

corrugated bulkhead being so designed and spaced as to provide
sufficient rigidity to the plate bulkhead in order that conventional
stiffeners may be dispensed with - A corrugated plate is stronger than a
flat plate if subject to a bending moment or pillar load along the
corrugations. Both swedges and corrugations are arranged in the
vertical direction like the stiffeners on transverse and short longitudinal
pillar bulkheads. Since the plating is swedged or corrugated prior to its
fabrication, the bulkhead will be plated vertically with a uniform
thickness equivalent to that required at the base of the bulkhead. This
implies that the actual plating will be somewhat heavier than that for a
conventional bulkhead, and this will to a large extent offset any saving
in weight gained by not fitting stiffeners. The angle of corrugation is
normally about 45 degrees. The troughs are vertical on transverse
bulkheads but must be horizontal on continuous longitudinal
bulkheads, which form part of the longitudinal strength of the ship.
Diaphragm plates or horizontal stringers are fitted on the bulkhead to
keep the corrugation in place. At the lower end of transverse hold
bulkheads in bulk carriers a bulkhead stool is generally fitted (see
Figure beside) at the lower end of the bulkhead. This provides a
shedder surface for cargo removal rather than a tight corner at the
bulkhead/tank top interface. . Diaphragm plates or horizontal stringers
are fitted on the bulkhead to keep the corrugation in place and prevent
a concertina style collapse of the corrugation.


 Following are the types of bulkheads:

 Flat Bulkhead
 Corrugated Bulkhead
 Longitudinal Bulkhead
 Transverse Bulkhead.
 Watertight Bulkhead
 Non-Watertight Bulkhead
 Fire Class A Bulkhead
 Fire Class B Bulkhead
 Fire Class C Bulkhead
 Collision Bulkhead.
 Insulated bulkhead

1. Bulkheads divide the main hull into different compartments and in the event of a damage to the shell plating bulkheads limit the
extend of flooding and hence of loss of buoyancy.

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2. Bulkheads also prevent spread of fire from one compartment to another.
3. Transverse bulkhead prevents racking and torsional distortion on a ship.
4. Longitudinal bulkheads contribute to the longitudinal strength of the ship.
5. Bulkheads divide the main hull of a ship into different compartments such as the aft peak tank,engine room, cargo holds, deep
tanks, cofferdam space, and the fore peak tank.

Transverse watertight bulkheads divide the main hull into many different watertight compartments.
Watertight bulkheads are attached to the shell, the deck, and the bottom or tank top by welding.
Non watertight bulkheads are any other types of bulkhead which are non water tight such as centreline
wash bulkhead in the peak tanks, partial bulkheads in the accommodation spaces, stores and cargo holds.

The minimum number of transverse watertight bulkheads that must be fitted in a dry cargo ship are stipulated:

o a collision or fore peak tank bulkhead - Classification societies require the location for ships whose length
does not exceed 200 m as not less than 5% and not greater than 8% of the ship’s length (Lloyd’s length) from
the fore end of the load waterline. A minimum distance of 10 meters may also be specified to ensure that the
bulkhead is effective. Where there is a bulbous bow or any other structure extending forward of the forward
perpendicular, the above distance shall be measured from a position:
o 1. at the midlength of such extension, or
o 2. at a distance of 1.5 % of the ship’s length forward of the forward perpendicular, or
o 3. at a distance of 3 mtrs forward of the forward perpendicular,
- whichever from the above is aft.
As a rule this bulkhead is fitted at the minimum distance in order to gain the maximum length for cargo
stowage. The collision bulkhead is 12% thicker than other watertight bulkheads.
o an aft peak tank bulkhead - The aft peak bulkhead is intended to enclose the stern tubes in a watertight
compartment, preventing any emergency from leakage where the propeller shafts pierce the hull. It is located
well aft so that the peak when flooded would not cause excessive trim by the stern.
o a bulkhead at each end of the engine room - Machinery bulkheads provide a self-contained compartment for
engines and boilers, preventing damage to these vital components of the ship by flooding in an adjacent hold.
They also localize any fire originating in these spaces.

As the size increases the classification society will recommend additional bulkheads, partly to provide greater
transverse strength, and also to increase the amount of subdivision. The table below indicates the number of
watertight bulkheads recommended by Lloyd’s Register for any cargo ship. These should be spaced at uniform
intervals, but the shipowner may require for a certain trade a longer hold, which is permitted if additional approved
transverse stiffening is provided.

Number of Bulkheads for a cargo ship

Length of ship Engine room mid-ship Engine room aft

<90 m 4 3
90 – 105 m 5 4
105 – 115 m 6 5
115 – 125 m 6 5
125 – 140 m 7 6
140 – 165 m 8 7
165 – 190 m 9 8
> 190 m = to be considered on a case to case basis.


Both the collision bulkhead, as the fore peak bulkhead, and the aft peak bulkhead, provided they do not form the
boundaries of tanks, are to be tested by filling the peaks with water to the level of the load waterline. All bulkheads,
unless they form the boundaries of a tank that is regularly subject to a head of liquid, are hose tested to 2.0 bar

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pressure at a distance of not less than 1.5 m. Oiltight and tank bulkheads must be tested by a head of water not less
than 2.45 m above the highest point of the tank.

Piercings through watertight bulkheads:

Where plate insert pads are used, bolted connections shall have threads tapped into the plate to a depth of not less
than the diameter of the bolt. If welded, the pipe or flange shall be welded to both sides of the plating. Openings in
structure through which pipes pass shall be reinforced where necessary. Flanges shall not be bolted to bulkheads so
that the plate forms a part of the joint.

Wash Bulkheads: It is a longitudinal non-water tight bulkhead installed in the liquid tanks of a ship. It is a non-
watertight, longitudinal, divisional bulkhead usually erected on the centre line of deep tanks and peak tanks, to prevent
the fuel/water etc, from sloshing from side to side and thus reduce free surface effect. The peak tanks are generally
really narrow at the bottom and the wash bulkheads installed in them need not be constructed but a few feet down
from the tank top. They should be strongly built to withstand the flow of liquid caused by the motion of the ship.

Racking stresses: When a ship is rolling, the deck tends to move laterally relative to the bottom structure, and the
shell on one side to move vertically relative to the other side. This type of deformation is referred to as ‘racking’.

Transverse bulkheads primarily resist such transverse deformation, the side frames’ contribution being insignificant
provided the transverse bulkheads are at their usual regular spacings. Where transverse bulkheads are widely
spaced, deep web frames and beams may be introduced to compensate.

Water tight doors:

In order to maintain the efficiency of a watertight bulkhead it is desirable that it remains intact. However, in some
instances it becomes necessary to provide access between compartments on either side of a watertight bulkhead and
watertight doors are fitted for this purpose. A particular example of this in cargo ships is the direct means of access
required between the engine room and the shaft tunnel. In passenger ships watertight doors are more frequently
found where they allow passengers to pass between one point of the accommodation and another.
 Where a doorway is cut in the lower part of a watertight bulkhead care must be taken to maintain the strength
of the bulkhead.
 The opening is to be framed and reinforced if the vertical stiffeners are cut in way of the opening.
 If the stiffener spacing is increased to accommodate the opening, the scantlings of the stiffeners on either side
of the opening are increased to give an equivalent strength to that of an unpierced bulkhead.
 The actual opening is kept as small as possible, the access to the shaft tunnel being about 1000–1250 mm
high and about 700 mm wide.( In passenger accommodation the openings would obviously be somewhat
 Mild steel or cast steel watertight doors fitted below the waterline are either of the vertical or horizontal sliding
type.( A swinging hinged type of door could prove impossible to close in the event of flooding and is not
 The sliding door must be capable of operation when the ship is listed 15°.

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 To be opened or closed from the vicinity of the door as well as from a remote position above the bulkhead
 At the remote control position an indicator must be provided to show whether the door is open or closed.
 Vertical sliding doors may be closed by a vertical screw thread, which is turned by a shaft extending above the
bulkhead and fitted with a crank handle. (This screw thread turns in a gunmetal nut attached to the top of the
door,) .
 A crank handle is also provided at the door to allow it to be closed from this position.
 Often horizontal sliding doors are fitted, and these may have a vertical shaft extending above the bulkhead
deck, which may be operated by hand from above the deck or at the door.
 The doors can also be power driven by an electric motor and worm gear, the vertical shaft working through
bevel wheels, and horizontal screwed shafts turning in bronze nuts on the door.
 The horizontal sliding door may also be opened and closed by a hydraulic ram with a hydraulic hand pump
and with control at the door and above the bulkhead deck (see Figure).
 With the larger number of watertight doors fitted in passenger ships the doors may be closed by means of
hydraulic power actuated by remote control from a central position above the bulkhead deck.

Doors which are normally closed at sea but are not provided with remote operation shall be marked “to be kept closed
at sea” on both sides of the door. Doors which are to be permanently kept closed at sea should be marked “not to be
opened at sea”.

Hinged watertight doors may be fitted to watertight bulkheads in passenger ships, above decks which are 2.2 m or
more above the load waterline. Similar doors are fitted in cargo ships to weather deck openings, which are required to
be watertight. The doors are secured by clips which may be fitted to the door or to the frame. The clips are forced
against brass wedges. The hinges must be fitted with gunmetal pins. Some suitable packing is fitted round the door to
ensure that it is watertight. The figure shows the hinge and clip for a hinged door, six clips being fitted to the frame.

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A watertight door prevents the passage of water when exposed, for a prolonged period of time, to a head of water. A
typical head of water for a ship could range from 3-10 metres. This refers to structures that must withstand hydrostatic
loading for extended periods of time; They are meant to contain the spread of water that enters the hull as a result of
hull breach due to collision, grounding, etc. Watertight doors are tested using a pressure tank where a hydrostatic
pressure can be applied to the door. The door is generally pressurised form the inside as this is worst case scenario.

A weathertight door is designed to be located on the deck of a ship/boat above the waterline, where they can be
subject to the adverse weather conditions experienced offshore. Weathertight doors are also designed to withstand
brief submersion experienced from green seas. This means a weathertight door can withstand a small head of water
(generally no higher than the height of the door). A weathertight door is generally tested with a high pressure hose,
which is directed at the seal.

Watertight doors drills on ships

1. Drills for the operation of watertight doors shall take place every week. Also the doors should be checked before
leaving the port.
2. All watertight doors, both hinged and power operated should be operated daily during the rounds.
3. The door should be able to operate from both local and remote places. I.e. bridge and ship control centre.
4. If door is operated from remote location, there should be an audio and visual alarm during closing,
5. There should be indication of both open and close on the remote place of operation.

Solas Regulations Regarding Closure of Watertight Doors

(As per Solas regulation, SOLAS chapter II-1, watertight doors from regulation 14 to regulation 25)

1.All the power operated doors must be capable of closing simultaneously from bridge and Ship Control Center (SCC)
in not more than 60 seconds when the ship is in upright condition.
2.The door shall have an approximate uniform rate of closure under power. The closure time, from the time the door
begins to close to the time it closes completely shall be in no case less than 20 seconds or more than 40 seconds with
the ship in upright condition.
3.In case of hand operation of the door, during power failure, the door must be closed within 90 seconds.

Doors in watertight bulkheads:

 The opening must be framed, and thicker plating used around the opening.
 The opening must be as small as possible.
 Below the load waterline, doors must be of the sliding type Sliding doors must be capable of operating with a
15° list.
 Doors must be able to be operated both remotely and locally.
 Hydraulically operated doors must be fitted with local alarms at each door to warn of closing/opening by
remote control
 Doors are tested by hose testing, except for passenger vessels where the doors are required to be tested
under a head of water, equal to the height of the bulkhead in which the door is to be fitted. Hose testing simply
means that a jet of water is directed at the door in the closed position, at a specified pressure, and the door
sealing arrangement is checked for leaks.
 Above the load waterline, hinged doors are permitted, provided that the hinges are made of suitable non-
corrosive material.
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Watertight doors, except doors between cargo spaces, are classed as follows:

TYPE A - This type of doors may be left open and are to be closed only during an emergency.

TYPE B - This type of watertight doors should be closed and are made to remain open only when personnel are
working in the adjacent compartment.

TYPE C - This type of watertight doors is to be kept closed all the time. It may be opened only for sufficient time when
personnel are passing through the door compartment.


In cargo ships where various liquid cargoes are carried, cofferdams or simply void spaces between two bulkheads are
fitted between tanks to arrest contamination of liquid of different density. Cofferdams are also fitted between tanks
carrying fresh water and oil. Pump rooms and ballast tanks can be designed to take the place of a cofferdam. The
spacing of adjourning bulkheads of a cofferdam can be 760 mm, a generally accepted space through which a person
can pass through.


Types of weld joints:

Welding is a fusion process for joining metals. By applying intense heat, the metal, at the joint between two parts is
melted and caused to intermix directly or more commonly, with
an intermediate molten filler metal. Upon cooling and
solidification, a metallurgical bond is created. Since the joining is
an intermixture of metals, the final weldment potentially has the
same strength properties as the base metal.

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In electric arc welding, the intense heat needed to melt metal is produced by an electric arc. The arc is formed
between the actual work(metal piece) and an electrode(stick or wire). The electrode can either be a rod, with the
purpose of simply carrying the current between the tip and the work piece, or it may be a specially prepared rod or
wire that not only conducts the electricity but also itself melts and supplies the filler metal to the joint. Most welding in
the manufacture of steel products uses the second type of electrode.
An AC or DC power source, fitted with whatever controls may be needed is connected by a welding cable to the work
piece and by a hot(or live) cable to an electrode holder which makes an electrical contact with the welding electrode.
An arc is created across the small gap between the electrode tip and the work piece, when the circuit is energized.
The arc produces a temperature of about 3590 °C at the tip. This heat melts both the base metal and the electrode,
producing a pool of molten metal. The molten metal solidifies behind the electrode as it is moved along the joint. The
result is a fusion bond.
The consumable welding rod has a flux coating which provides inert gas shielding for the molten metal and the
electrodes. This gas shield consumes the surrounding atmospheric gas which would otherwise be absorbed by the
molten metal. The flux also stabilizes the arc and provides a protective slag for the molten metal.

In gas welding , the heat needed to melt the metal comes from a fuel gas( normally acetylene) burning with oxygen in
a torch. The flame is applied to the base metal and held until a small puddle of molten metal is formed. The puddle is
moved along the path where the weld bead is desired. Usually, more metal is added to the puddle as it is moved
along, by means of dripping metal from a wire (welding rod or filler rod) into the molten metal puddle. The force of the
jet of flame, issuing from the torch tip helps to manipulate the puddle. The amount of heat can be controlled by the
distance of the flame from the metal as well as the gas flow-rate and the type of nozzle.

Comparison of electric arc & gas welding

Electric Arc Gas

Electric arc is the source of heat. Gas is the source of heat.
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The arc temperature is about 4000 C. The gas temperature is about 3200 C.
Filler rod functions as electrodes. Filler rod is introduced separately.
Risk due to electric shock. Risk due to gas pressure.
Arc welded joints have very high strength. Gas welded joints have not much strength.
Brazing and soldering can not be done using electric arc. Brazing and soldering are done using gas.
Filler metal should be same as or an alloy of parent metal. Filler metal need not be same as the parent metal.

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Types of Welding:

Submerged Arc Welding(SAW):

This is an arc welding process in which the arc is maintained within a blanket of granulated flux (see Figure below). A
consumable filler wire is employed and the arc is maintained between this wire and the parent plate. Around the arc
the granulated flux breaks down and provides some gases, and a highly protective thermally insulating molten
container for the arc. This allows a high concentration of heat, making the process very efficient and suitable for heavy
deposits at fast speeds. After welding the molten metal is protected by a layer of fused flux, which together with the
unfused flux may be recovered before cooling.
This is the most commonly used process for downhand
mechanical welding in the shipbuilding industry, in
particular for joining plates for ship shell, decks, and
bulkheads. Metal powder additions that result in a 30–
50% increase in metal deposition rate without incurring
an increase in arc energy input may be used for the
welding of joint thicknesses of 25 mm or more.
Submerged arc multi-wire and twin-arc systems are
also used to give high productivity.
With shipyards worldwide adopting one-side welding in
their ship panel lines for improved productivity, the
submerged arc process is commonly used with a
fusible backing, using either flux or glass fibre
materials to contain and control the weld penetration

Tungsten Inert Gas(TIG) welding: Inert gas arc welding is

used for welding aluminium alloys, usually with argon gas as
the inerting medium and using tungsten as electrode for

manual welding of light plates or consumable

metal wire for semi-automatic or automatic welding
of heavier plates. Mild steel inert gas shielded
welding is now also commonly used in automatic
or semi-automatic process with CO2 as the
shielding gas. Ignition of the arc is obtained by
means of a high frequency discharge across the
gap since it is not advisable to strike an arc on the
plate with the tungsten electrode.
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 Non-consumable electrode.
 With or without filler metal.
 Shield gas usually argon.
 Used for thin sections of Al, Mg, Ti.
 Most expensive, highest quality.
 Tungsten has a very high melting point; does not burn hence it is “non-consumable”. High current is required
and hence heat is generated – so the torch is air or water cooled.

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) welding [Gas Metal Arc Welding-GMAW]:

 Consumable wire electrode.

 Shielding provided by gas.
 Double productivity of arc welding.
 Easily automated.
 All position capability.
 Higher deposition rates than arc welding.
 Less operator skill required.
 Long welds can be made without starts and stops.
 Minimal post weld cleaning is required.

Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) is frequently referred to as

MIG welding. MIG welding is a commonly used high deposition rate welding process. During the GMAW process, a
solid metal wire is fed through a welding gun and becomes the filler material. MIG welding is therefore referred to as a
semiautomatic welding process. The shielding gas, forms the arc plasma, stabilizes the arc on the metal being
welded, shields the arc and molten weld pool, and allows smooth transfer of metal from the weld wire to the molten
weld pool.
The primary shielding gases used are:

 Argon
 Argon - 1 to 5% Oxygen
 Argon - 3 to 25% CO2
 Argon/Helium

Resistance Welding: Resistance welding is a welding technology widely used

in manufacturing industry for joining metal sheets and components. The weld is
made by conducting a strong current through the metal combination to heat up
and finally melt the metals at localized point(s) predetermined by the design of
the electrodes and/or the workpieces to be welded. A force is always applied
before, during and after the application of current to confine the contact area at
the weld interfaces.
Spot welding is a resistance welding process for joining metal sheets by directly
applying opposing forces with electrodes with pointed tips. The current and the
heat generation are localized by the form of the electrodes. The weld nugget
size is usually defined by the electrode tip contact area.

Purpose of Flux:

 Prevents oxidation of the weld metal.

 Provides gas shielding to the arc.
 Reduces cooling rate of the weld, thus reducing thermal stresses.
 Floats up the impurities and levels out the wave form of the weld.
 It stabilises the AC arc and hence makes AC to be used satisfactorily.
 Provides easy striking and arc stability.
 The gas shied consumes the surrounding oxygen and protects the molten metal.

Butt Weld:
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 When two plates are in the same plane.
 It is simple, strongest and most efficient.
 For thin plates, no edge preparation is required.
 Plates are brought together edge to edge in closed or open square and butt joint.
 For thicker plates edges are to be prepared in single V or U or a double V or U to ensure full penetration and
avoid distortion.
 A back run is recommended – this is done by welding on the reverse side of the joint.

Fillet Weld: Fillet welding refers to the process of joining two pieces of metal together whether they be perpendicular
or at an angle. Joints need not be grooved if strength is not a criteria, however more weld metal will be required. The
stress carrying area of a fillet weld = throat thickness x leg length

Penetration of a Fillet Weld: A flat-faced, equal-legged fillet weld in a 90° T-joint has a theoretical throat dimension
t,. This assumes fusion is achieved to the root of the joint, but not necessarily beyond that point. When the welding
process and procedure achieve a depth of penetration beyond the root, then the effective throat dimension is
increased for fillet welds with equal leg sizes. The effective throat dimension,teff, is then equal to the
theoretical throat, tth, plus some additional value due to penetration. Therefore, if penetration beyond the root is
achieved, the leg size can be reduced and the same weld strength can be achieved. This reduces the required
quantity of filler metal.

Lap Weld: A lap joint consists of one piece of metal overlapping the other, and welding the seam between the two.
When welding a lap joint tack welds can be used to better fixture the metal, but it is not necessary especially if the
workpiece is fixtured in another way. When welding a lap joint, it is also possible to weld the overlapping seam on the
opposite side of the workpiece to improve the strength.

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Advantages of lap joints include:

 Accommodates different thicknesses (thinner piece must be welded on top)

 Thin material such as diaphragms and foils can be joined

Disadvantages include:

 Some instances of lower tensile strength

 Less rigid than the base materials since the weld may act as a pivot
 Overlaps may be undesirable for mechanical or aesthetic reasons.
 Micro-cracks and cavity defects may occur if wrong welding speed is used.
 Corrosion and fatigue cracking may occur on the shielded areas due to moisture retention

Tack welding: Tack welding is a preliminary part of many welding techniques. It is a type of temporary weld and
ensures that the parts to be welded together are secured in their places. This helps in avoiding any defects arising
after welding has finally been completed. The main purpose of tack welding is to align and secure the parts to be
welded till final welding is done. It helps in saving a lot of time and effort as otherwise much time would be required in
assembly of parts. Several tack welds at short distance ensure that parts to be weld finally are secured in their place.
One advantage of this process is that if any defect is detected before the final welding procedure, tack welds can be
easily removed and parts can be reassembled and realigned and tack welded again.
It is improper to think of tack welding as unimportant as it is a pre welding procedure but often it turns out to be as
important as final welding saving much time and material.

Electro Slag Welding (ESW): Electro slag welding is a welding process of heavy plates in the vertical position,
wherein fusion is produced by molten slag which melts the filler metal and the surfaces of the work to be welded. It’s
an arc less process that utilizes resistance heating of the slag pool covering the molten steel as the weld’s heat
source. Parts to be joined are positioned so that there is a gap between them and an electrode (weld wire)[sometimes
two or more] in a guide tube is positioned between the
parts. Copper cooling shoes are clamped to the sides of
the joint and contain the molten slag and metal during the
weld. These may be mechanized so that they move up the
plate as the weld is completed.
After the components are assembled power is
applied and the wire is fed through the guide tube. When
the wire reaches the start block there is momentary arcing
which melts the granulated flux, forms the slag pool and
extinguishes the arc. The process is initiated by filling the
joint with the flux and starting an arc. The consumable
guide tube directs the electrode (welding wire) and
conducts the welding current to the molten slag pool. The
electrical resistance of the slag pool generates heat which
melts the wire, the guide tube and the edges of the two
components to be joined. The temperature obtained is approximately 1800 degree Celsius at the surface and 1930
degree Celsius inside under the surface. This much heat is sufficient to fuse the edges of the work pieces and the
welding electrode. As the wire and guide tube are melted by the flux the liquid metal sinks through the slag to the
metal pool below and solidifies. Since the slag is less dense than liquid steel, it floats to the top and protects the metal
from exposure to air. With continuing addition of weld wire the molten steel fills the gap, solidifies and fuses the two
components. The electro-slag welding process is used for welding heavy casting structure components such as stern

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Electro Gas Welding (EGW): Electro Gas Welding is an arc
welding process that uses an arc between a continuous filler
metal electrode and the weld pool, employing vertical position
welding , similar to ESW. Electro gas welding is very much
similar to electro slag welding except that an inert gas, such
as carbon dioxide, is used to shield the weld from oxidation
and there is a continuous arc as in the case of submerged arc
welding to provide the heat for heating the weld pool. Again
the flux, instead of being supplied to the weld zone through a
hopper, is incorporated in the electrode itself in the form of
flux cored electrodes, or sometimes the process may be
carried out without using the flux in which case there is no flux
covering on the top of the molten metal pool.

Plasma Welding:
This is very similar to TIG welding as the arc is
formed between a pointed tungsten electrode and
the plate. But, with the tungsten electrode
positioned within the body of the torch, the plasma
arc is separated from the shielding gas envelope
(see Figure ). A plasma is a gas which is heated to
an extremely high temperature and ionized so that
it becomes electrically conductive; the plasma arc
welding process uses this plasma to transfer an
electric arc to a work piece. By forcing the plasma
gas and arc through a constricted orifice, the torch
delivers a high concentration of heat to a small
area. With high performance welding equipment,
the plasma process produces exceptionally high
quality welds.
Plasma gases are normally argon. The torch also
uses a secondary gas, argon, argon/hydrogen or
helium which assists in shielding the molten weld
puddle thus minimizing oxidation of the weld. The
metal to be welded is melted by the intense heat of
the arc and fuses together. Plasma is forced through a fine-bore copper nozzle that constricts the arc. By varying the
bore diameter and plasma gas flow rate, three different operating modes can be achieved:
1. Microplasma—the arc is operated at very low welding currents (0.1–15 amps) and used for welding thin sheets
(down to 0.1 mm thickness).
2. Medium current—the arc is operated at currents from 15 to 200 amps. Plasma welding is an alternative to
conventional TIG welding, but with the advantage of achieving deeper penetration and having greater tolerance to
surface contamination. Because of the
bulkiness of the torch, it is more suited to
mechanized welding than hand welding.
3. Keyhole plasma—the arc is operated at
currents above 100 amps and by increasing
the plasma flow a very powerful plasma
beam is created. This can penetrate
thicknesses up to 10 mm, but when using a
single-pass technique is normally limited to a
thickness of 6 mm. This operating mode is
normally used for welding sheet metal (over 3
mm) in the downhand position.

Typical welding faults

Root faults: When laying the first bead along
the root in a butt joint, penetration at the root

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may be irregular or insufficient. When current is excessive, penetration will be too high. Insufficient penetration may be
due to the current setting being too low, or the rate of travel too high. The electrode may also be too large for the
groove to be welded.

Fusion faults: If the current is too low or rate of travel too high, fusion faults may result, i.e. insufficient melting and
fusion between the filler and the base metal. Fusion faults may also occur if a small electrode is used on a large area
of cold base material. A larger electrode diameter should be used, and the base material preheated.

Bead edge defects: Bead edge irregularities can occur if current output is too high. Bead edge faults may also occur
at correct current output if the arc is too long or if electrode movement is incorrect. When welding upwards on a
vertical plane and using a weaving movement, the electrode should be momentarily held still at each side of the bead
to obtain good penetration and avoid edge defects. Edge faults and undercut may act as fracture indicators in the
welded connection.

Pores: Pores in the weld may be due to moisture content in the electrode coating, especially
when welding with basic electrodes. Pores in the weld may also arise if the base material to be
welded is wet or damp. Other reasons can be because of too long an arc, allowing air into the
weld zone. A porous weld will have reduced strength properties.

Heat cracks: Heat cracks may appear during or just after the cooling off period. There are two
main causes: Impurities in the base material which have a tendency to segregate and may form
a layer in the middle of the weld. This layer prevents fusion of the crystals. Segregated
substances are first and foremost carbon and sulphur. In cases where heat cracks are caused
by these substances, switch to basic electrodes. If heat cracks appear when welding with basic
electrodes, the material is not weldable.

Tension across the weld can cause heat cracks even if the base material does not segregate in
the weld. At a narrow, critical temperature range, just after coagulation of the bead, there is very little deformation
property in a weld, and if shrinking in the metal is greater than the stretch in the weld, a heat crack will result. This type
of crack can be avoided by clamping work-pieces in special jigs which control shrinkage. A heat crack will occur in the
middle of the bead and will appear as a straight crack on the surface.

Shrinkage cracks: Shrinkage cracks occur when the deformation property (toughness) of the
weld is less than the actual shrinkage movement. Shrinkage cracks will usually appear
across the weld direction and be caused by considerable lengthwise shrinkage. Basic
electrodes are the best safeguard against shrinkage cracks.

Hydrogen cracks (Cold cracks): Weld metal cracks are caused by hydrogen and may occur
in any type of steel which has been hardened or which may become
hardened during the welding process. Steel with a high yield point will
contain a certain amount of hardened structure, normally martensite. The higher the melting point,
the higher is the risk of hydrogen cracks. The most common reason for hydrogen cracks is the use
of moist or damp electrodes during welding. The water in the coating will change into hydrogen in
the arc and end up as hydrogen porosity dissolved in the weld metal and the heat affected zone
(HAZ) immediately adjacent to the molten zone. When combined with hard phases in the weld and
sufficient stress it will form cracks. The cracks might occur long time after welding is completed and
are therefore often referred to as cold cracks. Other hydrogen sources are rust, oil, paint or
condensation along the welding groove. Preheating the groove to say 50 °C will help considerably in
reducing the amount of hydrogen.

Conclusion: Dry basic electrodes when there is risk of cold cracking.

Slag embedded in weld: Slag consists of non-metallic particles originating from the coating of the electrode. All slag
must be properly removed after finishing each weld bead. Use a chipping hammer and wire brush for this purpose.
Slag embedded in the weld will seriously affect the strength of the weld. Try to avoid burning cavities, as any slag
deposited in such cavities will be difficult to remove. When preparing the welding groove, make sure there is sufficient
gap to provide good fusion and easy slag removal. Clean off mill scale and rust from the surfaces to be welded and
make sure you choose the correct electrode for the welding position to be used.

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All fusion-welding methods produce the weld by moving a molten pool along the joint; when the heated metal cools,
the shrinkage introduces residual stresses and distortion in the welded structure. The stresses produce longitudinal
and rotational distortion. Longitudinal distortion.(fig 1.12) "Shortens" the weld, but may in many cases not be a serious
problem. An example of this type of distortion is a welded beam that can be bent if the weld is not located
symmetrically (in the centre of gravity of the cross section). If more than one weld is used, they must be symmetrical.
Rotational distortion. The rotational distortion (see Figure1.13) can be minimised by making the weld bead
symmetrical about the neutral axis or by having a parallel-sided single pass weld, as with electron beam welding. A
stiff section can also prevent this type of distortion from appearing.

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Minimisation of Distortion: Can be done in the following ways:
REDUCING THE CAUSE – The main cause of distortion is the weld itself; so following steps are useful:

 Reducing the number of joints.

 Improving joint design to reduce the amount of weld metal needed.
 Reducing the root gap and avoiding mis-match of joints.
 Reducing the number of runs.
 Using large diameter electrodes wherever possible.
 Using automatic or semi-automatic welding.


An opposite preset to compensate for distortion; this can only be achieved by experimentation and so is good for
batch fabrication. It will vary with plate thickness, plate width and welding process.


 The welds are arranged in a sequence to keep distortion to a minimum.

 The weld is broken up into short lengths of 15-200 mm each.
 Using special welding techniques such as ‘back-step’ or ‘wandering’.

Residual Stress in welding:

Residual stresses in welded joints primarily develop due to differential weld thermal cycle (heating, peak
temperature and cooling at the any moment during welding) experienced by the weld metal and regions close to the
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fusion boundary i.e. heat affected zone (HAZ). The residual stresses in the weld joints develop mainly due to typical
nature of welding process i.e. localized heating and cooling leading to differential volumetric expansion and
contraction of metal around the weld zone. Volumetric changes occurring during welding contribute to major part of
residual stress development and are caused by a) varying expansion and contraction and b) different cooling rate
experienced by top and bottom surfaces of weld & HAZ.
Type and magnitude of the residual stresses vary continuously during different stages of welding i.e. heating
and cooling. During heating, primarily compressive residual stress is developed in the region of base metal, which is
being heated for melting, due to thermal expansion and the same (thermal expansion) is restricted by the low
temperature surrounding base metal. After attaining a peak value, compressive residual stress gradually decreases
owing to softening of metal being heated. Compressive residual stress near the welded surfaces eventually reduces to
zero as soon as melting starts and a reverse trend is observed during cooling stage of the welding. During cooling as
metal starts to shrink, tensile residual
stresses and their magnitude keeps on
increasing until room temperature is attained.
During welding, higher cooling rate is
experienced by the top and bottom surfaces
of weld joint than the core/middle portion of
weld and HAZ . This causes differential
expansion and contraction through the
thickness (direction) of the plate being welded. Contraction of metal near the surface starts even when material in core
portion is still hot. This leads to the development of compressive residual stresses at the surface and tensile residual
stress in the core. In general, after the cooling down of the weld, residual TENSILE stress exists in the weld metal and
adjacent base metal while residual compressive stress exists in the areas farther away from the weld metal.

Effects of Residual Stresses:

 Decrease in the fracture strength.

 Reduction of buckling strength.
 Compressive residual stresses increase fatigue strength.
 In hostile environment, residual stress can cause cracking in a metal without any applied load.

Reducing residual stresses:

 Selecting appropriate processes, procedures, welding sequence & fixtures.

 Selecting best methods for stress relieving and removing distortion.
 Selecting design detail and materials to minimize the effect of residual stresses.

Testing of Welds: Welds are tested by two main


 Destructive
 Non-destructive

In destructive testing, a sample of the metal containing

part of the weld is used which gets destructed during
the process of testing. Tests under this are:

 Tensile test
 Bend test
 Hardness test
 Impact test
 Nick-break test
 Fillet test

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Tensile Test - A tensile test, also known as tension test,is performed on a specimen containing the weld in the centre
of the specimen. By pulling on something, the values of ultimate tensile strength, yield strength, % elongation, fracture
strain and Young's Modulus of the selected welded metals can be evaluated.
In order to make comparisons between the results of tensile test pieces of different metals the test pieces
must have the same proportions of sectional area and gauge length( i.e. a standard tensile test piece). Therefore, a
standard gauge length equal to 5.65 times the square root of the cross-sectional area, which is equivalent to a gauge
length of five times the diameter, is adopted by the major classification societies.
The tensile testing is carried out by applying longitudinal or axial load, at a specific extension rate, to a
standard tensile test piece, perpendicular to the load
direction till failure. The applied tensile load and
extension are recorded during the test for the
calculation of stress and strain. A standard test piece
is prepared in a round section along the gauge
length as shown beside:

A universal testing machine is commonly used,for

carrying out the tensile tests. These are driven by hydraulic
systems. The figure below shows a hydraulic testing machine
using the pressure of oil in a piston for load supply.

Components: Load frame - usually consisting of two

strong supports for the machine.
Load cell - A force transducer or other means of
measuring the load is required.
Cross head - A movable cross head (crosshead) is
controlled to move up or down. Usually this is at a constant
speed: sometimes called a constant rate of extension (CRE) machine.
Output device - A means of providing the test result is needed. Some older machines have dial or digital
displays and chart recorders. Many newer machines have a computer interface for analysis and printing. The
specimen is placed in the machine between the grips and an extensometer if required can automatically record the
change in gauge length during the test. If an extensometer is not fitted, the machine itself can record the displacement
between its cross heads on which the specimen is held.
Once the machine is started it begins to apply an increasing load on specimen. Throughout the tests the
control system and its associated software record the load and extension of the specimen.

Experimental Procedure: Measure and record

the specimen dimensions (diameter and gauge
length), Fit the specimen on to the universal Testing
Machine (UTM) and tighten the jaws at both end, to
clamp tightly onto specimen; apply hydraulic
load(tensile) and carry on testing. Record load and
extension for the construction of stress-strain curve of
each tested specimen.
Bend Test: This is a test which is carried out
on plate materials and consists of bending a straight
specimen of plate through 180 degrees around a
former. For the test to be satisfactory, no cracks
should occur at the outer surface of the plate (see

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Hardness Test - Hardness is the resistance of a material to
indentation. This is the usual type of hardness test, in which a pointed or
rounded indenter is pressed into a surface under a substantially static
Brinell hardness is determined by forcing a hard steel or carbide sphere
of a specified diameter under a specified load into the surface of a
material and measuring the diameter of the indentation left after the test.
The Brinell hardness test uses a desk top machine to press a 10mm
diameter, hardened steel ball into the surface of the test specimen. The machine applies a load of 500 kilograms for
soft metals such as copper, brass and thin stock. A 1500 kilogram load is used for aluminium castings, and a 3000
kilogram load is used for materials such as iron and steel. The load is usually applied for 10 to 15 seconds. After the
impression is made, a measurement of the diameter of the resulting round impression is taken. The Brinell hardness
number, or simply the Brinell number, is obtained by dividing the load used, in kilograms, by the actual surface area of
the indentation, in square millimeters. The result is a pressure measurement, but the units are rarely stated.
BHN = the Brinell hardness number
F = the imposed load in kg
D = the diameter of the spherical indenter in mm
Di = diameter of the resulting indenter impression in mm

Impact Test (Notch Toughness Test) - There are two main

forms of impact test, the Izod and the Charpy test. Both involve
striking a standard specimen with a controlled weight pendulum
travelling at a set speed. The amount of energy absorbed in
fracturing the test piece is measured and this gives an
indication of the notch toughness of the test material. The
Charpy V-notch test or Charpy U-notch test is commonly
specified. The object of the impact test is to determine the
toughness of the material; that is, its ability to withstand fracture
under shock loading. In the figure, below the principle of the
Charpy test machine is illustrated, along with the standard test
specimen for a Charpy V-notch test.

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Nick Break test: In this test the weld is fractured along its length and
examined for internal defects. A sample with a width of 1.5 times the
throat thickness +12mm is used. The 12 mm is for a cut of 6 mm
which is made at the centre on both sides of the weld. The specimen
is fractured along the centreline of the weld by bending or with a blow
from a chisel. The appearance of the fractured surface and the type
and location of any weld flaws are recorded.

The Fillet Test: It is similar in that the joint is fractured along the fillet weld and the fractured surfaces examined for
slag inclusions, gas entrapments, incomplete root fusion etc. The leg length, throat thickness and weld profile are also
evaluated. A cut of 1.5 mm depth is made perpendicular to the weld surface and a force applied in the direction

Non Destructive Tests:

 Visual examination
 Welding Gauges
 Dye Penetrant test
 Leak Test
 Magnetic Particle Inspection
 Radiographic Inspection
 Ultrasonic Inspection

Visual examination: Though being the simplest & cheapest form of examination, it is often ignored, though it can
reveal more faults than many of the other methods of inspection. The only requirement is a trained & experienced eye
and care during inspection. A visual examination is done before, during & after welding to reduce flaws & faults.
Before welding the following checks are carried out:

 A study of the drawing, design specifications and blueprint showing the welding symbols specifying the type
and size of weld.
 The type and size of base metals to be welded and in relation to that, the type of electrode and other
consumables that will be used, the welding process, the joint design, edge preparation etc.
 Alignment of the joint, fitup, fixturing, cleanliness, competence of the welder and safety procedures.

During welding a check must be maintained on the following:

 Rate of burning of the electrode and progress of the weld.

 Root penetration and fusion.
 Flow of the weld metal which will reveal slag inclusion.
 Sound of the arc indicating correctness of current and voltage and faults such as spatter.
 Welding sequence & distortion.
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After welding, faults such as:

 Incomplete fusion.
 Lack of penetration.
 Undercutting.
 Lack of reinforcement as indicated by a concave surface.
 Pinholes or porosity.
 Spatter.
 Surface texture.

Welding Gauges: Welds are inspected for size and

shape by welding gauges. Gauges can be of the fixed
or adjustable type. The fixed type of gauges are
shaped according to the size and type of weld.
Numerals are marked on the gauge indicating
reinforcement for butt welds and leg length for fillet
The adjustable type of gauge consists of a micrometer
screw which moves between adjustable arms. It can
be used to measure throat thickness, angle of edge
preparation, depth of undercut, depth of pores etc.

Gas Cutting: Gas cutting is achieved by what is basically a chemical/thermal reaction occurring with iron and iron
alloys only. Iron or its alloys may be heated to a temperature at which the iron will rapidly oxidize in an atmosphere of
high purity oxygen. The principle of the process as applied to the cutting of steel plates and sections in shipbuilding is
as follows.
Over a small area the metal is preheated to a given
temperature, and a confined stream of oxygen is then blown
onto this area. The iron is then oxidized in a narrow band, and
the molten oxide and metal are removed by the kinetic energy
of the oxygen stream. A narrow parallel sided gap is then left
between the cut edges. Throughout the cutting operation the
preheat flame is left on to heat the top of the cut since most of
the heat produced by the reaction at the cutting front is not
instantaneous, and tends to be liberated at the lower level of
the cut only. Alloying elements in
small amounts are dissolved in the slag and removed when
cutting steel. However, if they are present in large quantities,
alloying elements, especially chromium, will retard and even
prevent cutting. The reason for this is that they either decrease the fluidity of the slag or produce a tenacious oxide
film over the surface which prevents further oxidation of the iron. This may be overcome by introducing an iron rich
powder into the cutting area, a process often referred to as ‘powder cutting’. When cutting stainless steels which have
a high chromium content ‘powder cutting’ would be employed.
Generally acetylene is used with oxygen to provide the preheat flame but other gases can be used: propane for
example or hydrogen which is used for underwater work because of its compressibility. Apart from the torch, the
equipment is similar to that for gas welding. The torch has valves for controlling the volume of acetylene and
oxygen provided for the preheat flame, and it has a separate valve for controlling the oxygen jet.

Laser Cutting
Laser cutting is a precise method of cutting a design from a given material using a CAD file to guide it. Modern
industrial cutting lasers are primarily carbon dioxide lasers where carbon dioxide gas is the stimulated medium. This is
infra-red radiation, which cannot be seen with the naked eye but is a safety hazard to an unprotected eye. Lasers are
adapted to cutting by the process of polarising and focusing a beam of high power laser light onto a work piece. This
melts or burns the material along the cut line. To clear the cut and prevent rejoining, a cut assist gas aligned
concentrically with the laser beam expels melted materials clean from the cut area. Cut assist gases in common use
are oxygen, nitrogen and air. Oxygen is typically used for mild steel cutting. Nitrogen (an inert gas in this process) is
used for stainless steel cutting, where it acts to shield the hot stainless steel from oxygen, much like argon is used in
welding processes. Both air and nitrogen can be used for aluminium cutting. The laser beam is directed to the cutting
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head by specialised water cooled mirrors, where it is focused using a
special lens made of zinc selenide. The beam diameter before the
lens is about 25mm or 7 watts per square mm. This is reduced to 0.25
mm, or 71,000 watts per square mm, at the focal point where cutting
occurs. One of the benefits of laser cutting technology is the cut
product rarely needs any finishing work as this process ensures a
high-quality surface finish. There are three main types of laser cutting.
The CO2 laser is used to cut, bore, or engrave. Nd is used for boring
when there are high-energy requirements but low repetition. Nd-YAG
laser is used where high power is needed.

Aluminium Welding:
Aluminium has high thermal conductivity [3 to 5 times that of
steel] which means heat is easily conducted away from the welding
area. It is essential that the heat source is powerful enough to rapidly
reach aluminium's low melting point of 565 /650ºC. Welding hot and
fast usually gives the best results. Heavy sections are best preheated
to reduce the effect of rapid heat loss. Aluminum suffers a reduction in
strength in the weld area [unlike steel]. When stressed, a welded
aluminium structure will incur local deformation in the welded area
first. Welding aluminium alloys demands very clean working practice
as they are prone to contamination. [Tools such as brushes or mill wheels used on steel or other metals must not be
used on it.]
A variety of welding processes can be used to join aluminium including the fusion methods GMAW (standard
MIG) and GTAW (standard TIG) giving high quality, all-position welding, manual, mechanised or fully automatic. Also
resistance, MMA(metal arc, stick) and advanced processes such as solid state and friction stir welding. Choice of
process is based on technical and/or economic reasons. For most structural economical and quality welds, TIG and
MIG are recommended for aluminium.
TIG welding (sketch same as for steel welding) is generally preferred for light gauge work up to 6 mm and for
pipe work and intricate assemblies where excellent control over weld appearance and penetration is possible.
TIG welding is widely used for welding aluminium and it produces welds of good appearance and quality. A
constant current AC power source with a continuous high frequency is used with a water or air-cooled TIG torch and
an externally supplied inert shielding gas. The AC process is used to provide a degree of cleaning of the aluminium
surface during the electrode positive cycle though this is not a substitute for proper cleaning of the base material. The
tungsten electrode diameter is usually about 2,4 mm and the method can be used with or without filler metal. The filler
material is fed into the weld bead from outside. TIG welding gives the welder very good control, but welding speed is
normally slower than for MIG and requires higher welder competence. The choice of torch cooling depends upon
welding parameters and duty cycle. They are usually water-cooled. Air-cooled torches can be used at up to about 100
amps. Zirconiated tungsten electrodes (which are preferred over the thoriated type), and of the correct diameter for
the current, are used. The torch must be maintained at an angle of close to 90° to the workpiece surface and the filler
material must enter the weld pool at an angle of typically 5°. As well as the workpiece being properly clean it is
important that the filler rod is also clean. If the rod has been exposed to air for a long time it is advisable to clean it by
pulling the rod through a 'Scotchbrite' type of abrasive pad or through stainless steel wool in order to remove the oxide

MIG welding (sketch same as for steel welding) is preferred for thicker sections [to over 75 mm] and where high
productivity is needed for economic reasons. MIG welding can deposit up to about 4,5 kg per hour with weld travel
speeds of 500 to 1000 mm per minute.
MIG welding uses a standard DC constant voltage power source with a wire feed system and externally
supplied inert shielding gas. Shielding gas for MIG welding aluminium is normally high purity argon or an argon helium
mixture. The use of helium in the mixture increases the energy of the arc and is more suitable for welding thicker
material. The welding current, arc length and electrode wire speed are controlled by the welding machine and, once
adjusted for a welding procedure, do not require readjustment. The process is very adaptable to automatic welding.
The feeding of aluminium wire is automatic off a spool.

Aluminium in shipbuilding:
Pure aluminium has a low tensile strength and is of little use for structural purposes; therefore, the pure metal is
alloyed with small percentages of other materials to give greater tensile strengths.
There are three advantages that aluminium alloys have over mild steel in the construction of ships.

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 aluminium is lighter than mild steel (approximate weights being 2.723 tonnes/m3, mild steel 7.84 tonnes/m3),
and with an aluminium structure it has been suggested that up to 60% of the weight of a steel structure may
be saved.
 high resistance to corrosion. Good corrosion properties can be utilized, but correct and careful insulation from
the adjoining steel structure are necessary - at present, aluminium alloys used in shipbuilding corrode 100
times slower than steel - during the first year of operation, steel corrodes at a speed of 120 mm/year, while
aluminium – at a speed of 1 mm/year.
 nonmagnetic properties - The nonmagnetic properties can have advantages in warships and locally in the
way of the magnetic compass, but they are generally of little importance in merchant vessels.

Disadvantages of the use of aluminium alloys:

 Higher initial and fabrication costs.

 In terms of Modulus of Elasticity, which is the measure of stiffness of a material, aluminium and steel
measures at 69 GPa and 200 GPa respectively. Since aluminium’s stiffness is only a third of steel, it will likely
be deformed three times more easily than steel if put under high strain.( Therefore the use of aluminium alloy
is generally only limited to vessels of up to 130 meters in length - the longer the vessel the more stiffening is
 Coefficient of thermal expansion almost double that of steel ; may cause distortions with temperature
variations in service.
 Aluminium loses strength at elevated temperatures; detrimental to damage control.
 Difficult to join to steel structures - can lead to galvanic corrosion with steel.
 Potential brittleness of high strength aluminium.

Aluminium-Steel joining Techniques:

Nuts & Bolts: To prevent galvanic corrosion, the metals must be insulated from each other or protected by a good
paint film. The higher in the galvanic series, steel, acts as cathode and aluminium as anode and corrodes. Steel
(being higher in the galvanic series) must be used as fasteners to join the two metals.

The contact between the two metals is prevented by using neoprene washers and neoprene ferrule. Galvanised steel
bolts are used and the nuts are fitted in the inside of the deck house and tack welded to boundary angles to allow the
joint to be tightened without removal of the internal linings. The top and bottom of the joints are specially welded with a
compound known as “arambee” to form a watertight seal.

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Explosion Bonding: Process uses an explosive detonation as the energy source to produce a metallurgical bond
between metal components. One of the metals is accelerated by explosive detonation at a very high rate over a short
distance resulting in a progressive collision of the materials.
The metals are forced together under several million psi pressure creating an electron-sharing bond that is typically
stronger that the weaker of the parent metals.

Corrosion: Corrosion (commonly known as rust) is the oxidation of a metal due to an ELECTROCHEMICAL
reaction. The oxidizing agent is most often O2 (atmospheric corrosion) or H (chemical corrosion) or both.

Corrosion comes in many different forms and can be classified by the cause of the chemical deterioration of a metal.

General Attack Corrosion: Also known as uniform attack corrosion, general attack corrosion is the most common
type of corrosion and is caused by a chemical or electrochemical reaction that results in the deterioration of the entire
exposed surface of a metal. Ultimately, the metal deteriorates to the point of failure. The electrochemical reactions
occur at more or less the same rate over the entire surface. The loss of metal thickness is uniform over the entire
surface. General attack corrosion accounts for the greatest amount of metal destruction by corrosion, but is
considered as a safe form of corrosion, due to the fact that it is predictable, manageable and often preventable.

Localized Corrosion: Unlike general attack corrosion, localized corrosion specifically targets one area of the metal
structure. Localized corrosion is classified as one of three types:
Pitting: Pitting results when a small hole, or cavity, forms in the metal. This area becomes anodic, while part of the
remaining metal becomes cathodic, producing a localized galvanic reaction. The deterioration of this small area
penetrates the metal and can lead to failure. This form of corrosion is often difficult to detect due to the fact that it is
usually relatively small and may be covered and hidden by corrosion produced compounds.
Crevice corrosion: Similar to pitting, crevice corrosion occurs at a specific location. This type of corrosion is often
associated with a stagnant microenvironment, like those found
under gaskets and washers and clamps. Acidic conditions, or a
depletion of oxygen in a crevice can lead to crevice corrosion.
Filiform corrosion: Occurring under painted or plated surfaces
when water breaches the coating, filiform corrosion begins at
small defects in the coating and spreads to cause structural

Galvanic Corrosion:

While corrosion of different metals can take many

forms, the method of attack in aqueous solutions is always the
same. Corrosion can only occur when three elements are
present. Taken together, these elements form what we call the
basic corrosion cell. The elements of the basic corrosion or
galvanic cell are:
1) unprotected metals: anode & cathode.
3) electrolyte.
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4) the metallic path that connects the anode and the cathode.
The anode is the component of the cell that corrodes and is the only part that corrodes. The cathode is the
part of the cell that does not corrode. In fact, the corrosion process of the anode protects it. The electrolyte is any
liquid that conducts electricity and that is in contact with the anode and cathode simultaneously. The metallic path is
an electrical conductor that connects the anode and the cathode.
This corrosion cell is really an electrical circuit with four components (anode, cathode, electrolyte, electrical
connection between anode & cathode). If any one of the four components is isolated or removed, the reaction stops.
Because of the energy potential differences between the anode and cathode, positively charged atoms of the metal
leave the solid surface of the anode and enter the electrolyte as ions. At this point, metal is actually going into solution
in the electrolyte. This produces the visible metal loss we characterize to be corrosion.
The atoms leave their corresponding negative charges as electrons that are available to flow through the
anode and metallic path to the cathode.
The electrons travel through the metallic path to the cathode. There, corresponding reactions consume the
In the illustration above, the anode and cathode are two different metals. More often times than not, the anode
and cathodes are different areas on the same piece of metal. A metal surface will have thousands of areas that are
cathodes and corresponding areas that are anodes. These areas can develop because of differences in the metal
such as the inclusion of traces of other metals, stresses from metalworking, varying degrees of protective coating
effectiveness or differing environmental exposures.
Galvanic corrosion is caused by the existence of a galvanic cell or a corrosion cell, essentially two metals
submersed in an electrolyte that results in an attack on one metal(anode) at the expense the other(cathode).
Metals and metal alloys all possess different electrode potentials a relative measure of a metal's tendency to
become active in a given electrolyte. The more active, or less noble, a metal is the more likely it will form an anode in
an electrolytic environment. While the more noble a metal is, the more likely it will form a cathode when in the same
environment. The electrolyte acts as a conduit for ion migration, moving metal ions from the anode to the cathode.
The anode metal, as a result, corrodes more quickly than it otherwise would, while the cathode metal corrodes more
slowly and, in some cases, may not corrode at all.

The electrochemical series:

Aluminium – Zinc – Iron – Mild Steel – Stainless Steel – Lead – Copper – Silver – Gold – Platinum.

Three conditions must exist for galvanic corrosion to occur:

Electrochemically dissimilar metals must be present.

The metals must be in electrical contact.

The metals must be exposed to an electrolyte.

The above conditions constitute a “Corrosion Triangle”

Environmental Cracking: Environmental cracking is a corrosion process

that can result from a combination of
environmental conditions affecting the metal. Chemical, temperature
and stress related conditions can result in the following types of
environmental corrosion:

 Stress Corrosion Cracking (SCC)

 Corrosion fatigue
 Hydrogen-induced cracking
 Liquid metal embrittlement

Flow Assisted Corrosion (FAC): Flow assisted corrosion, or flow accelerated corrosion, results when a protective
layer of oxide on a metal surface is dissolved or removed by wind or water, exposing the underlying metal to further
corrode and deteriorate. The corrosion is accelerated by impact of solid particles which may remove metal or they
may remove just the protective oxide layer and allow the metal to corrode more quickly. Three types are:

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 Erosion assisted corrosion.
 Impingement.
 Cavitation.

Cavitation: A high velocity fluid / water flow leads to pressure falling below zero at points of highest flow. Vapour
bubbles form in these regions as the liquid is ‘pulled apart’. When the pressure increases again, the collapse of the
vapour bubbles creates an intense shockwave that removes metal or oxide from the surface.
Intergranular corrosion: Intergranular corrosion is a chemical or electrochemical attack on the grain boundaries of
a metal. This often occurs due to impurities in the metal, which tend to be present in higher contents near grain
boundaries. These boundaries can be more vulnerable to corrosion than the bulk of the metal. The most significant
problem is weld decay of austenitic stainless steel whence the metal becomes susceptible to corrosion. The solutions
to a weld decay:

 Use of low carbon grade stainless steel.

 Use a stabilised grade of steel which includes a strong carbide forming element (Nb or Ti) to lock up the
 For existing components that have been sensitised, heat treat to re-dissolve the carbides.

Dealloying: Dealloying, or selective leaching, is the selective corrosion of a specific element in an alloy. The most
common type of dealloying is dezincification of unstabilized brass. The result of corrosion in such cases is a
deteriorated and porous copper. The prime cause of dealloying is galvanic effect and the problem can be reduced by
addition of tin.

Fretting corrosion: Fretting corrosion occurs as a result of repeated wearing, weight and/or vibration on an uneven,
rough surface. Corrosion, resulting in pits and grooves, occurs on the surface. Fretting corrosion is often found in
rotation and impact machinery, bolted assemblies and bearings, as well as to surfaces exposed to vibration during
Stress corrosion: It is the combined action of applied tensile stress and a corrosive environment which is caused by
residual internal stresses in the metal. [ Cold forming, unequal cooling from high temperature, volume change, an
externally applied stress, faulty design, vibrations, excessive flexing, thermal effect – expansion/contraction].
If an ordinary nail is dropped into a vessel of salt water, it will be attacked, and, after some time, rust will be observed
discolouring the water. The initial points of attack will be, in almost every case, the point and the head; the two
electrodes are of the same metal and the electrolyte is uniform. The difference lies in that one electrode is more
mechanically stressed than the other. The area of high stress is always the anode of the cell, made that way by the
extra energy supplied by the stress itself. Stress cells can take on two basic forms. One, like the nail just described,
has its anode established by residual internal stress or stress left because of something which has happened to the
metal. In the case of the nail, the stress was caused by cold-forming of the head and point. If these stresses had been
relieved by heating the nail at a moderate temperature and letting it cool slowly, the stresses will disappear and this
type of stress cell will be eliminated.
HighTemperature Corrosion: Fuels used in gas turbines, diesel engines and other machinery, which contain
vanadium or sulfates can, during combustion, form compounds with a low melting point. These compounds are very
corrosive towards metal alloys normally resistant to high temperatures and corrosion, including stainless steel.
High temperature corrosion can also be caused by high temperature oxidization, sulfidation and carbonization.

Corrosion Prevention:

Treatment of Steel in a shipyard: Steel plates, supplied to the shipbuilders, have patches of a black oxide, known as
mill scale adhering to the surface. This scale is insoluble and if maintained over the whole surface would reduce
corrosion. It is, however, very brittle and does not expand either mechanically or thermally at the same rate as the
steel plate. Unless this mill scale is removed before painting, the painted scale will drop off in service, leaving bare
steel plate which will corrode rapidly. Unfortunately mill scale is difficult to remove completely.
If the plate is left exposed to the atmosphere, rust will form behind the mill scale. On wire brushing, the majority of the
scale will be removed. This is known as weathering. In modern times a good flow of material through the shipyard is
essential and therefore the time allowed for weathering must be severely limited. In addition, it is found that in practice
much of the mill scale is not removed by this process.
The most common methods employed to treat steel surfaces(removal of mill scale) are:

 Blast cleaning
 Pickling
 Flame cleaning
 Preparation by hand
 High-pressure water blasting.
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Blast cleaning is the most efficient method for preparing the surface and is in common use in all large shipyards. It ,
removes 95% to 100% of the mill scale and results in a slightly rough surface which allows adequate adhesion of the
paint. Smaller shipyards, where the quantity of steel processed does not justify the capital investment in the
preparation equipment, usually buy steel already prepared from a steel mill or stockist.
Plates and sections are in almost all cases now shot-blasted to remove rust and mill scale. Shot-blasting plant in
shipyards is generally of the impeller wheel type, where the abrasive is thrown at high velocity against the steel
surface and may be re-circulated. The plant is installed so that the plate may pass through in the horizontal position,
which allows the use of automated, roller conveyor systems.
Following the blast cleaning it is desirable to brush the surface and apply a coat of priming paint as soon as possible,
since the metal is liable to rust rapidly.
Following the shot-blasting of plates and sections, the material passes immediately through an airless spray painting
plant. In one pass the material is automatically sprayed with a priming paint of controlled coat thickness. A number of
suitable priming paints are available. Following the priming paint stage a drying process may be provided. This is a
tunnel with fans to create an airstream, in conjunction with the preheating, so that the plate that emerges is dry and
ready for processing. The drying also reduces the potential for damage to the primer coating.

Pickling involves the immersion of the metal in an acid solution, usually hydrochloric or sulphuric acid, in order to
remove the mill scale and rust from the surface. After immersion in these acids the metal will require a thorough hot
water rinse, to remove all traces of the acid. It is then allowed to dry before further procedures. It is preferable that the
treatment is followed by application of a priming coat. One disadvantage is that during the drying period a light coat of
rust is formed on the plates and must be removed before painting. Pickling is no longer found in most of the ship
construction industry.

Flame Cleaning: Using an oxy-acetylene torch , having several jets, the flame is used to brush the surface. It burns
away any dirt and grease, loosens the surface rust and , due to the differential expansion between the steel plate and
the mill scale, loosens the latter. The surface is immediately wire brushed and the primer coat applied while the plate
is still warm. The process does not entirely remove the mill scale and rust, but it can be quite useful for cleaning plates
under inclement weather conditions, the flame drying out the plate. Flame, or another heating process, is used as part
of an automated preparation line in a shipyard, to preheat the steel, which assists the cleaning and drying of the
primer paint coating. The process has lost favour in the last few years.

Hand cleaning by various forms of wire brush is often not very satisfactory, and would only be used where the
millscale has been loosened by weathering, i.e. exposure to atmosphere over a long period. For ships in service hand
cleaning may be used for very small corroded areas.

High-pressure water blasting is superseding grit blasting for ship repair. It is capable of restoring a steel surface to
SA 2.5, provided any corrosion has not been allowed to develop. Disposal of the waste material, in this case mainly
water, is a main reason for the adoption of water blasting.

Blast cleaning using shot or grit is preferred for best results and economy in shipbuilding, it is essential prior to
application of high-performance paint systems used today. Pickling, which also gives good results, can be expensive
and less applicable to production schemes; flame cleaning is much less effective; and hand cleaning gives the worst
results. Water blasting is mainly a ship repair process.

Blast Cleaning Standards:

Blast cleaning is done by sand blasting or shot blasting from special nozzles at a distance of 200 mm, as per following
grades as per Swedish Standard SIS 055900:
(i) Grade Sa 2: This involves light blast cleaning. Almost all mill scale, rust and foreign matter shall be removed.
Finally the surface is cleaned with a vacuum cleaner, clean dry compressed air or clean brush. The surface shall lokk
greyish in clolour and correspond in appearance to photographs designated as Sa-2.
(ii) Grade Sa 2.5: This involves very thorough blast cleaning. Mill scale, rust and foreign matter shall be removed to
the extent that only traces remain in the form of slight stains. Finally the surface is is cleaned with a vacuum cleaner,
clean dry compressed air or clean brush. It shall then correspond in appearance to the photographs designated as Sa
(iii) Grade Sa 3: This involves blast cleaning to pure metal surface. Mill scale, rust and foreign matter shall be removed
completely. Finally the surface is is cleaned with a vacuum cleaner, clean dry compressed air or clean brush. Then the
surface shall have a uniform metallic colour and correspond in appearance to the photographs designated as Sa-3.

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Temporary paint protection during building:
After the steel is blast cleaned it may be several months before it is built into the ship and finally painted. It is desirable
to protect the material against rusting in this period as the final paint will offer the best protection when applied over
perfectly clean steel.
The formulation of a prefabrication primer for immediate application after blasting must meet a number of
requirements. It should dry rapidly to permit handling of the plates within a few minutes and working the plates within a
day or so. It should be nontoxic, and it should not produce harmful porosity in welds nor give off obnoxious fumes
during welding or cutting. For some high-speed welding processes it is necessary to remove the primer in way of the
welds to avoid porosity. After cutting and welding, areas of damaged primer are usually strip coated by hand to cover
the affected steel and retain the primer protection against corrosion. The primer must also be compatible with any
subsequent paint finishes to be applied. Satisfactory formulations are available, for example a primer consisting of
zinc dust in an epoxy resin.
Given the sophistication and cost of modern, long-life coatings, their application is critical to performance. It is
common for shipyards to take complete units and blocks, once all the hot work is completed, for final coating in a
controlled environment. So-called ‘paint cells’ are temperature- and humidity-controlled buildings. The units are driven
into the cells using self-elevating transporters. The units are then blasted, if no primer has been used or the primer is
degraded and unsuitable for over-coating. Once cleaned, the coatings can be applied in near ideal conditions. Hull
and internal coatings are applied.
Where the units are to be joined in the building dock, unpainted areas are left. These are completed after the hull
welding, using localized protection from unsuitable weather conditions.

Cathodic Protection: If three dissimilar metals are immersed in an electrolyte, the metal lowest on the electro
chemical series becomes the anode, the remaining two being cathodes. Thus if copper and iron are immersed in sea
water, they may be protected by a block of zinc, which is then known as the sacrificial anode, since it is allowed to
corrode in preference to the copper and iron. Thus zinc or magnesium anodes may be used to protect the propeller
and the stern frame assembly of a ship, and will at the same time, reduce corrosion of the hull, due to differences in
the steel.
Deep water ballast tanks may be protected by sacrificial anodes. It is first essential to remove any rust or scale from
the surface and to form a film on the plates which prevents any further corrosion. Both these functions are performed
by booster anodes, which have large surface area compared with their volume ( e.g. flat discs). These anodes allow
swift movement of material to the cathode (the steel plates) thus forming the film. Unfortunately this film is easily
removed in service and therefore main anodes are fitted, having large volume compared with surface area (e.g.
hemispherical), which are designed to last about three years (time between dry docks). Protection is only afforded to
the whole tank if the electrolyte is in contact with the whole tank. Thus it is necessary when carrying water ballast to
press the tanks up.

Impressed Current Cathodic Protection (ICCP): A metal also can be made cathodic by electrically connecting it to
another metallic component in the same electrolyte through a source of direct electric current. The current flow from
this metallic component must be sufficient to overcome the natural corrosion current. Thus the current is directed to
flow off the surface of the added metallic component (anode), into the electrolyte and onto the metal hull (cathode).
All we need is to measure what the natural corrosion current is. So we add one more electrode – reference cell –
completely passive metal. The potential difference between the hull and reference cell will form the natural corrosion
current. So another electrode – anode -
with a power source is introduced so that
the current flow from this electrode is
sufficient to overcome the natural
corrosion current.
Because an external current source is
employed, this type of protection is termed
PROTECTION'. A source of direct current
is required , this is generally obtained from
mains power units that contain a
transformer and rectifier.
The magnitude of this current may be
automatically controlled in response to a
continuous monitor of the cathode /
electrolyte potential or may be manually
controlled after intermittent measurement.
The impressed current anode material is
ideally non-consumed by the passage of
current from it into the electrolyte, in practice the materials used are a compromise between this ideal and the cost
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and physical properties of available materials. Impressed current anodes are made from graphite, silicon, iron, lead
alloys some with platinum di-electrodes, platinised titanium or more exotic combinations such as platinum clad
niobium. The selection of the correct anode material is critical in the formulation of an effective and economic cathodic
protection scheme.
Generally, for a given current demand, less impressed current anodes than sacrificial anodes are required for
protection, as high anode currents are feasible. Non-consumable, relatively noble metals such as lead/silver are used
for the anodes which are cast in fibre glass bodies. The bodies are bolted to flat bars which are welded to the shell
plating , the cables from the anodes being led through the hull via special ducts which are built to stringent
construction requirements. The anodes are insulated from the hull by shields which are fitted to prevent high density
currents stripping the hull paints.
For very large ships, such as VLCC / VLOC / Cape sizers, a second power unit is located forward and the anodes for
that unit must be recessed to prevent them being damaged by the anchors.
Impressed current systems of cathodic protection are more sophisticated in design than sacrificial systems. It can only
give protection to the immersed external hull.

Painting: Paint is still the most important protection system for ships. It consists of pigments in a liquid which when
spread out thinly allows the pigment to form an adherent film. It forms a barrier coating which prevents ingress of
water and oxygen. To provide an effective protection the paint must be of adequate thickness so that it can provide an
impervious layer above the prepared surface, free from flaws and firmly adherent throughout its life.
It is an inhibitor carrier in which appropriate corrosion inhibitors such as zinc chromate are incorporated in the paint.
It provides a degree of cathodic protection by incorporating a high concentration of metal powders, such as zinc, in the
paint composition. This type of coating can be effective in the gaps or scratches in the paint film.

Painting Schemes:
The paint system applied to any part of a ship will be dictated by the environment to which that part of the structure is
exposed. Traditionally, the painting of the external ship structure was divided into three regions:

 Below the waterline, where the plates are continually immersed in sea water.
 The waterline or boot topping region, where immersion is intermittent and a lot of abrasion occurs.
 The topsides and superstructure exposed to an atmosphere laden with salt spray, and subject to damage
through cargo handling.

However, now that tougher paints are used for the ship’s bottom the distinction between regions need not be so well
defined, one scheme covering the bottom and waterline regions. Internally, by far the greatest problem is the provision
of coatings for various liquid cargo and salt water ballast tanks.

Below the waterline

The ship’s bottom has priming coats of corrosion-inhibiting paint applied that are followed by an antifouling paint.
Paints used for steels immersed in sea water are required to resist alkaline conditions. The reason for this is that an
iron alloy immersed in a sodium chloride solution having the necessary supply of dissolved oxygen gives rise to
corrosion cells with caustic soda produced at the cathodes. Further, the paint should have a good electrical resistance
so that the flow of corrosion currents between the steel and sea water is limited. These requirements make the
standard non-marine structural steel primer red lead in linseed oil unsuitable for ship use below the waterline. Suitable
corrosion-inhibiting paints for ships’ bottoms are pitch or bitumen types, chlorinated rubber, coal tar/epoxy resin, or
vinyl resin paints. The antifouling paints may be applied after the corrosion-inhibiting coatings and should not come
into direct contact with the steel hull, since the toxic compounds present may cause corrosion.
The painting is done in three layers –
1st layer – primer 2 coats each of 50 microns.
2 layer – binder one coat of 50 microns
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3 layer – antifouling 1 coat 5 micron; 2 coat 30 micron; 3 coat 25 microns;

Waterline or boot topping region

Generally, modern practice requires a complete paint system for the hull above the waterline. This may be based on
vinyl and alkyd resins or on polyurethane resin paints. The layer should have good adhesion, maximum salt
resistance, good abrasion resistance and good weather resistance.

Red lead- or zinc chromate-based primers are commonly used. White finishing paints are then used extensively for
superstructures. These are usually oleo-resinous or alkyd paints that may be based on ‘non-yellowing’ oils, linseed oil-
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fitted, under no circumstance should lead-based paints be applied; zinc chromate paints are generally supplied for
application to aluminium.

Cargo and ballast tanks

Severe corrosion may occur in a ship’s cargo tanks as the combined result of carrying liquid cargoes and sea water
ballast, with warm or cold sea water cleaning between voyages. This is particularly true of oil tankers. Tankers
carrying ‘white oil’ cargoes suffer more general corrosion than those carrying crude oils, which deposit a film on
the tank surface, providing some protection against corrosion. The latter type may, however, experience severe local
pitting corrosion due to the non-uniformity of the deposited film, and subsequent corrosion of any bare plate when sea
water ballast is carried. Epoxy resin paints are used extensively within these tanks, and vinyl resins and zinc-rich
coatings may also be used.

Composition of Paints: Traditional paints have the following basic components:

 Pigment.
 Binding agent or vehicle.
 Solvent.
 (A drying agent-sometimes).

PIGMENT: The pigment gives the paint its colour and covering capacity. In primer it should be the main contributor to
the corrosion preventing properties and also enhance the adhesion of the top coats. Pigments are generally dry
powders which are held in suspension in the paint and vary from natural minerals to man-made organic compounds.
They can be broadly divided into:
Colour pigments such as white(white lead, zinc oxide, titatnium dioxide), black(carbon).
Primers such as red lead, zinc chromate, calcium plumbate, metals such as aluminium and zinc.
BINDERS: The pigment is held in suspension in a solution of a binding medium. The binding medium is the most
important component in paint and besides determining its consistency and application it also gives the paint its
physical and chemical properties. The possible variation in binder properties is limitless and so only the two basic
types will be considered:
The oleoresinuous vehicle combines drying oils with natural and some synthetic resins.
The alkyd vehicle combines drying oils with synthetic based alcohols and acids.
Some of the basic ingredients found in binders are:
Drying oils – linseed, tung, soya bean.
Natural resins – copal, darmar, rosin.
Synthetic resins – phenolic, vinyl, epoxy, polyurethane, silicone.
SOLVENT: The solvent is the volatile component of paint and its function is to make the paint flow for ease of
application. It is generally the action of the solvent evaporating that makes paint adhere to a surface.

Modern Paint Types:

Alkyd: The vehicle in this type of paint is based on alcohols and acids. It gives an improved drying time over
vegetable oils and thus alkyds are mainly finishing paints suitable for surfaces exposed to the atmosphere. The
performance is poor if the surface is immersed. Alkyd paints should only be used on superstructures and not
Bitumen or pitch: The paint is made by dissolving bitumen or pitch in solvents such as naptha and white spirit and
may be used as a superstructure paint but more commonly for internal surfaces exposed to a high degree of wetness
such as fresh-water tanks. When pigmented with aluminium it is often used for plating which is constantly under water
and for outer shell plating.
Chlorinated rubber: This paint is used where good chemical and water resistant coatings are required. Normally it
consists of pigments of plasticized chlorinated rubbers. The paint dries by the evaporation of the solvents and the
temperature at the time of drying is not as critical as with some other paint types. It is often used when ships are being
built in winter or in poor climatic conditions. It is designed for use in high-build systems i.e. intended for application
with airless spray which gives very high film thickness(80 – 100 microns) and substantially reduces the number the
number of coats required. This type of paint is particularly resistant to acids and alkalis and is often used to protect
outer shell plating. Maintenance is assisted by its good adhesion to previous coats of the same material but it cannot
be applied to conventional paint surfaces. This paint can also be used for superstructures but in some cases cracking
has occurred after a few years.
Coaltar Epoxy: A two-pack paint in which the components are pigments(bitumen or coaltar pitch blended with resin),
epoxide resins and curing agents. The paint provides hard thick films in which the chemical resistant qualities of epoxy
resin are combined with the water impermeability of coaltar. It is widely used in immersed conditions but it can be
susceptible to atmospheric corrosion and is easily damaged.

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Epoxy: Epoxy resins are derived from chemicals which are extracted from petroleum and natural gases. The epoxy
resin paints have extremely good chemical, water and abrasion resistant qualities but are very expensive. They are
generally two-pack(two components) consisting of an epoxy base and a hardener or curing agent. Drying is caused by
the chemical action of the polyamine or polyamide hardener with the epoxy resin base – the paint is of the reaction
drying type. The paints are very hard when cured and give long term protection against corrosion. Their mechanical
resistance properties are superior to chlorinated rubber and vinyl paints. Initial drying, which is by solvent evaporation
takes place in between four and six hours, but this is followed by the chemical cure of the binder, the rate of which is
dependent on the temperature. Drying and hardening will only occur satisfactorily in temperatures above 10 deg.C
and in RH below 80%. Due to the expense involved and short pot life, only sufficient paint for a half day’s use should
be mixed at any one time. The penetration quality is rather poor and first class surface preparation is essential to
obtain a good performance from this paint; touching up is difficult and the previous coat must be roughened.
Oleoresinuous: An improvement on oil based paints, the vehicle consists of drying oil and natural or synthetic resin,
including phenolic resins, which are often synthesized from several different oils and resins. These paints have
improved drying time and give a better performance than oil based paints but are not as sophisticated as the chemical
resistant paints.
Phenolic: Phenol is derived from coaltar and produces a water-resistant paint. Paints produced from 100% phenolic
resins have excellent chemical resistance and a very hard finish. Although often used to coat tanks on chemical
carriers, unmodified phenolic paints are sometimes used on weather deck plating and gives good corrosion
resistance. Modified phenolic paints are often used in order to reduce costs.
Polyurethane: Usually a two pack paint; an alkyd resin is mixed with an isocyanate hardener and the ensuing reaction
produces polyurethane paint. These paints have many good qualities – abrasion resistance, hardness, a high gloss,
chemical resistance and when well cured have very good water and weather resistance. Polyurethane paints are used
for tanks’ coatings but white polyurethane is a good external superstructure paint as it remains bright for long periods
and is not subject to rapid yellowing. This type of paint is approximately four times the cost of alkyd paints but the
superior performance and reduced maintenance costs make it attractive. Unfortunately the paint is very sensitive to
moisture and high humidity during application and can be difficult use in the marine environment. The hardness does
cause a tendency to chip or crack but the advantages of this paint vastly outweigh its disadvantages.
Primers: Steel plates must be protected from corrosion while the ship is being built and prefabrication primers must:

 be rapid drying.
 have a non-toxic vapour.
 not affect weld quality or speed.
 be suitable for spray application.
 be a suitable first coat for the ship’s paint system.

The most successful anti-corrosive primers are those which are pigmented with iron oxide or zinc dust and which
contain corrosion inhibitors such as zinc chromate or zinc phosphate. Zinc dust silicate paints are used both for
prefabrication primers and as long term anti-corrosive paints for dry cargo holds, cargo tanks and ballast tanks. Such
coatings resist high humidity & high temperatures, condensation and abrasion and are thus suitable for use in marine
environment. The paints have exceptional durability and good protective properties and are frequently used in tanks
which carry latex and alkalies. Zinc silicate paints can be over coated with finishing paints to give increased
The most effective primers which the mariner can use for routine maintenance are those which contain chemical
corrosion inhibiting pigments. Calcium plumbate is a good alternative to red lead. When used with an alkyd base it is
quick drying and has excellent adhesion. The major disadvantage is that it has toxic properties. One of the best
primers available is zinc chromate which is particularly suitable for use on zinc, galvanised steel, aluminium and other
non-ferrous metals. It is suitable for brush or spray application and is non-toxic.
Vinyl: The resins are produced by the polymerisation (combining of small molecules to form large molecules) of
organic compounds in the vinyl group. The paints have a low solids content due to the relatively low solubility of the
resins and this results in thin dry films. More coats are therefore required to build up an adequate paint thickness and
this increases the application costs. Adhesion is poor if surface moisture is present therefore good weather is required
during the application. Adhesion to bare steel is also poor and the paint must be applied over a pre-treatment primer,
such as zinc chromate in a polyvinylbutyl resin which uses phosphoric acid as an etchant. Vinyls are usually
pigmented with aluminium, zinc chromate or red lead and are generally not not suitable for brush application. The
paints are one-pack and dry by loss of solvent. Despite the disadvantages, vinyls are excellent paints where
resistance to abrasion, chemicals and water is required.

Anti-fouling Paints: Antifouling paints contain biocides that repel fouling organisms when released at a controlled rate
into the water adjacent to the hull. The rate of release of biocides is important; if it is too fast, the antifouling will fail
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particularly in areas with a high fouling challenge. It is at the settling stage of fouling organisms that the adhesion and
growth must be prevented: once settled and firmly attached, growth is extremely rapid and the organisms are beyond
the influence of antifouling paints, and can only be removed by scrubbing and scraping.
Antifoulings look like paints, smell like paints and are applied like paints, but in order to function they require some
water ingress in order to release the biocides, in a continuous and controlled manner throughout the lifetime of the
composition. The antifouling film acts as a biocidal reservoir which gradually becomes depleted. All antifoulings will
eventually fail when the concentration of biocide in the layer of water adjacent to the surface falls below the critical
level necessary to control the larval fouling. The dissolution process which allows removal of biocide is called
‘leaching’ and the rate of removal the ‘leaching rate’. The effectiveness of the antifouling and its lifetime will depend on
the types and level of biocide(s) it contains, along with the types of resin, natural or synthetic, used as binders.

Anti corrosion Paints: Since paints are devised for protecting metal surfaces, it is broadly believed that all paints are
anti-corrosion paints. But it is not a correct version. All oil-based paints, for example, are not anti-corrosion paints.
They are merely decorative paints which protect the metal surface partially against the climatic corrosion but fail to
stand against the drastic corrosion caused by various industrial chemicals & gases. It takes a strong bonding with the
clean metal surface. The resultant coating is impermeable to air & gases. Corrosion resistant coatings protect metal
components against degradation due to moisture, salt spray, oxidation or exposure to a variety of environmental or
industrial chemicals. Anti-corrosion coating allows for added protection of metal surfaces and act as a barrier to inhibit
the contact between chemical compounds or corrosive materials.
It is often assumed that all paint coatings prevent attack on the metal covered simply by excluding the corrosive
agency, whether air or water. This is often the main and sometimes only form of protection; however, there are many
paints that afford protection even though they present a porous surface or contain various discontinuities.
For example, certain pigments in paints confer protection on steel even where it is exposed at a discontinuity. If the
reactions at the anode and cathode of the corrosion cell that form positive and negative ions respectively are inhibited,
protection is afforded. Good examples of pigments of this type are red lead and zinc chromate, red lead being an
anodic inhibitor and zinc chromate a cathodic inhibitor. A second mode of protection occurs at gaps where the paint is
richly pigmented with a metal anodic to the basis metal. Zinc dust is a commercially available pigment that fulfills this
requirement for coating steel in a salt water environment. The zinc dust is the sacrificial anode with respect to the

Safety Precautions:
Health hazards- Over exposure can lead to irritation of the eyes and respiratory system. Excessive exposure can
result in headache, nausea, dizziness and drowsiness and in extreme cases even loss of consciousness. Splashes
in the eye will cause discomfort and possible damage. Prolonged contact with skin can lead to skin irritation and in
some cases dermatitis.

Inhalation - While making the Primer/Compound application in non-ventilated or poorly ventilated conditions, arrange
a powerful Exhaust Fan to evacuate the solvent vapours and protect the workmen from suffocation. Avoid flames and
smoking to save from fire or explosion while working under such closed - conditions. It is, however, advised to avoid
the applications in closed conditions.
First aid – remove the sufferer to fresh air, keep warm and give rest.
Eye contact – avoid splashes in the eye by wearing suitable safety goggles or glasses.
First aid – wash with plenty of clean, fresh water for at least ten minutes, holding the eyelids apart.
Skin Contact – avoid skin contact by wearing suitable clothing and gloves. Barrier creams are not an acceptable
alternative to the proper choice of glove.
First aid – remove any contaminated clothing; wash the skin thoroughly with a proprietary skin cleanser. DO NOT USE
Ingestion – whilst there is little hazard by this route during onboard maintenance painting, do not eat whilst handling
First aid – do not induce vomiting, seek medical advice.

The primary source of health and safety information is the product Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS).

Surface Preparation for Maintenance Painting on board:

The single most important function which can influence paint performance is the quality of the surface preparation.
The importance of removing oil, grease, old coatings, rust and other surface contaminants cannot be over stressed.
The following procedures are recommended:

 Freshwater wash- to remove all salt contamination. This is best achieved using something like a fan jet lance
or a power washer if available.
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 Degrease – to remove all surface grease & oil. is usually done using rags or brushes soaked in solvent. If a
painted surface is to be degreased without being damaged, a solvent must be chosen which will not dissolve
the paint film.
 Steel preparation - hand and power tool cleaning is used for bare steel areas. The existing coating should be
taken back to a sound edge and the edges should be “feathered” back using a combination of manual
o Hard scraping or slicing - this is carried out with various types of scraper. Scrapers are useful for
removing loose material.
o Chipping hammers or chisels-chipping can be carried out using a wide variety of hammers or chisels,
best results are obtained if chipping is followed by secondary preparation such as wire brushing.
o Wire brushing can remove loose contamination, but it is ineffective at removing scale and deep
seated corrosion.
o Power Tools - Power tools used for cleaning fall into two basic categories:
 Rotary wire brushing using “braided” wire wheels - Radial brushes are used for preparing
awkward areas or welded seams. Cup brushes are often used for preparing large areas.
 Rotary discing cleaning of a surface is achieved by coated abrasive discs attached to angle
grinders or by using abrasive flap wheels attached to straight or in-line tools.
 Clean down – the prepared area should have all residual dust, paint flakes and debris removed by
brushing or vacuuming. Paint application should begin as soon as possible after cleaning to prevent
deterioration of the prepared surface.

Stern and Bow doors: Ro-

ro vessels may be fitted with
stern doors of the hinge-
down or hinge-up type, which
if large are articulated. Bow
doors are either of the visor
type or of the side hinged
type (‘barn door’ type).
These are situated above the
freeboard deck and where
the bow doors lead to a
complete or long forward
enclosed superstructure,
Lloyd’s require an inner door
to be fitted that is part of the
collision bulkhead. This
would also
be in keeping with the
SOLAS requirements for
passenger ships, where the
collision bulkhead is to be
extended weathertight to the
deck next above the bulkhead deck, but need not be fitted directly above that bulkhead. A sloping weathertight vehicle
ramp may be fitted in some ships to form the collision bulkhead above the freeboard deck and the inner door is
omitted. This ramp may extend forward of the specified limit for the collision bulkhead above a height of more than 2.3
m above the bulkhead deck, i.e. above the height of a conventional tween deck space. Stern and bow door strengths
are equivalent to the strength of the surrounding structure and where they give access to enclosed superstructures
they are required to close weathertight. Stern doors and bow visors can be mechanically raised and lowered with wire
rope and purchase arrangements, but in general they and the side-hinged bow doors are hydraulically opened and
closed . These weathertight doors are casketed and cleated.

Ro-ro ships fitted with ramps usually have a stern ramp, but some vessels fitted with bow doors may also have a bow
ramp that doubles as the inner weathertight door and is lowered onto a linkspan when the bow visor or side-hinged
doors have been opened. Ramps may also be fitted internally to give access from deck to deck. These can be
hydraulically or mechanically tilted to serve more than one deck and can be fixed in the horizontal position to serve as
decks themselves . In some ships they can even be raised into the hatch space and serve as weathertight covers.

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Hatch Covers – watertight integrity:
Means of water-tight integrity:

Gasket Type Sealing:

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The cleats are used to restrict the
movement of the hatch cover pontoon in a

Double drainage, in both the side sealing

and cross joints, is important to lead minor
leakages away through the drain valves
and is an essential component in the
weathertight integrity system.
In most systems the hatch cover
weathertight seal is obtained when a
compression bar seats into the rubber
The weight of some hatch covers is taken
by the side-plate edges onto the coaming
top. Heavier hatch covers led to landing
pads being developed to take the weight.
These also had the effect of improving
weight transferral of any hatch top deck cargo into the ship’s hull.

Labyrinth Type Sealing:

Rubber Skirt Type Sealing:

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Cleating Arrangements:

Maintenance for Hatch Covers:

Hatch covers of cargo hold are generally made from light weight steel or high tensile steel. They are fitted over a steel
bar of the hold with a rubber packing inserted in between them to avoid water ingress.
A proper routine maintenance to be performed by qualified officer on ship which must include:-

 Examination of hatch cover, hatch beams for corrosion, cracks and material failure
 Keep Cleats, hauling wire, rollers, chains and wedges in operational condition at all time
 Keep clean hatch cover tops and all drainage holes to be kept clear
 Look for any broken or missing gasket and replace it immediately. The length of renewed gasket must
be minimum 1 m
 Before renewing rubber gasket, check and rectify steel to steel fault
 Gasket rubber to be of approved type by class
 Grease all the moving parts
 Check for any hydraulic system leakage if cover is oil operated
 Oil test to be performed for hydraulic system
 Call surveyor after any major repair in the cover and its concerned parts

Testing of Hatch Covers:

After maintenance procedure it is advised to test the water tight integrity of the hatch cover by different methods. The
three methods to check water tightness of hold covers are:

1 Hose water Test:

In this test a water spray from a nozzle of 12mm diameter is sprayed over the joint of hold and cover from a distance
of 1m to 1.5 m with a pressure of 0.5 m/ second water jet.

The limitation or drawbacks of this test:

 it requires at least two persons.

 The leakage if very minimal cannot be identified by naked eye.
 It should be noted that a lack of leakage into the hold is not in itself determinative of a successful test. Checks
should also be made that leakage is not passing into the drain channels and being fed through the drain
valves onto the deck.
 Cargo holds must be free of cargo(empty).
 The test is not viable in sub-zero temperatures.
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 The test cannot pinpoint leakages accuracy.
 Water pressure variance and the distance of the jet from the structure can affect results.
 Many port authorities do not allow it because excess water on deck can lead to pollution.

Hose tests are conducted in static conditions. When the ship is at sea, the ship itself and its hatch and coaming
structures are not completely rigid. They flex and “work” to cope with forces to which they are subjected by the ship’s
motion and the forces of wind and waves. If cargo damage is to be avoided, the contact between the compression
bars and the rubber packing has to be maintained during the periods when the covers and coamings are flexing. The
extent to which that contact is maintained depends upon the degree of “compression” that is being achieved by the
steel to rubber contact. The higher the degree of compression, the greater will be the watertight integrity in dynamic
conditions. A hose test can only demonstrate “contact” not “compression”. It is this shortcoming that makes it a
considerably less reliable indicator of overall watertightness than the ultrasonic test.

2. Ultrasonic Test:
The Ultrasonic testing is a more accurate method of testing water tightness of hold and its cover. In this
system an ultrasonic sound generator is kept inside a closed and intact cargo hold.
A sensor of that unit is passed all over the compression joint and any low pressure area or point detected by
the instrument can be a leakage point.
The test involves placing an electronic signal generator within the cargo hold(laden or not) and using the
receiving sensor to first take a reading at the access or booby hatch with the main hatch cover closed. This provides
the OHV (open hatch value). The sensor is then passed around the outside of all compression joints noting the
reading on the receiving equipment. It is preferable to listen to the signal using headphones to determine the
maximum reading at any single point. The readings obtained are then compared with the OHV. The closer they are to
the OHV, the greater the degree of leakage. The comparison between actual readings and OHV indicates the degree
of compression that exists within the seal, the greater the compression, the lower the reading as a percentage of the
For the purpose of evaluation of results , the following guidelines are usually adopted:

 Readings of 50% of the OHV or more indicates significant loss of compression and an immediate lack of
watertight integrity.
 Readings of more than 10% indicate potential leakage.
 Readings of less than 10% indicate watertightness under normal conditions.

Drawbacks of this instrument is it is not normally kept onboard and qualified person is required to perform this test.

3. Chalk Test:
This is the oldest or most traditional method for testing hold cover compression, but it cannot test the water
tight integrity of the hold.
A layer of chalk powder is applied all over the steel back of the hatch and then the hatch cover is closed and
tightened to its normal values.
The impression of chalk on the rubber packing is then studied to check lack of compression point shown by
gap in the chalk marks.

Purpose & work of Classification Societies:

The purpose of a Classification Society:

 to provide classification and statutory services and assistance to the maritime industry and regulatory bodies
as regards maritime safety and pollution prevention, based on the accumulation of maritime knowledge and
 to verify the structural strength and integrity of essential parts of the ship’s hull and its appendages, and the
reliability and function of the propulsion and steering systems, power generation and those other features and
auxiliary systems which have been built into the ship in order to maintain essential services on board.

Classification Societies aim to achieve this objective through the development and application of their own Rules and
by verifying compliance with international and/or national statutory regulations on behalf of flag Administrations.

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Condition of Class: ‘Recommendation’ and ‘Condition of Class’ are different terms used by IACS Societies for the
same thing, i.e. requirements to the effect that specific measures, repairs, surveys etc. are to be carried out within a
specific time limit in order to retain class.

 Issued to a classed vessel.

 Issued by classification society surveyor.
 Enables the vessel to proceed to voyage when as per surveyor:
o The vessel is fit.
o In efficient condition.
 Certificates will embody surveyor’s recommendation for continuance of class.
 Subjected to the confirmation of the committee.

Issued in the Event of:

 Seaworthiness of the vessel in question due to:

o Collision
o Grounding
o Any maritime accident by which vessel sustained damage to hull/ machinery.
 Repair done as required.
 If surveyor thinks that the ship is only safe to proceed to next port for a cheaper or more thorough repair, an
endorsement to be made on interim certificate as:
“The vessel is safe for intended passage until the next port for further repair and examination.”

Work of Classification Societies:

 A technical review of the design plans and related documents for a new vessel to verify compliance with the
applicable Rules;
 Attendance at the construction of the vessel in the shipyard by a Classification Society surveyor(s) to verify
that the vessel is constructed in accordance with the approved design plans and classification Rules;
 Attendance by a Classification Society surveyor(s) at the relevant production facilities that provide key
components such as the steel, engine, generators and castings to verify that the component conforms to the
applicable Rule requirements;
 Attendance by a Classification Society surveyor(s) at the sea trials and other trials relating to the vessel and
its equipment prior to delivery to verify conformance with the applicable Rule requirements;
 Upon satisfactory completion of the above, the builder’s/shipowner’s request for the issuance of a class
certificate will be considered by the relevant Classification Society and, if deemed satisfactory, the assignment
of class may be approved and a certificate of classification issued;
 Once in service, the owner must submit the vessel to a clearly specified programme of periodical class
surveys, carried out onboard the vessel, to verify that the ship continues to meet the relevant Rule
requirements for continuation of class.
 Develop technical standards (rules) for design and construction of ships.
 Approve designs against their standards.
 Acts as a Recognised Organisation carrying out statutory surveys & certification as delegated by maritime
 Regulations for in-service inspection and periodic survey during operation.
 Research and development programmes.
 Support international organisations – IMO, ISO, IACS.

Special Surveys:

Special Surveys are to be carried out at 5 years intervals to renew the Classification Certificate.
The first Special Survey is to be completed within 5 years from the date of the initial classification survey and
thereafter 5 years from the credited date of the previous Special Survey. However, an extension of class of 3 months
maximum beyond the 5th year can be granted in exceptional circumstances. In this case, the next period of class will
start from the expiry date of the Special Survey before the extension was granted.
For surveys completed within 3 months before the expiry date of the Special Survey, the next period of class
will start from the expiry date of the Special Survey.
For surveys completed more than 3 months before the expiry date of the Special Survey, the period of class
will start from the survey completion date.
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The Special Survey may be commenced at the 4th Annual Survey and be progressed with a view to
completion by the 5th anniversary date. When the Special Survey is commenced prior to the 4th Annual Survey, the
entire survey is to be completed within 15 months if such work is to be credited to the Special Survey.

Annual Surveys:

Annual Surveys are to be held within 3 months before or after each anniversary date of the initial classification
survey or the completion of the last Special Survey. The survey is to consist of an examination for the purpose of
ensuring, as far as practicable, that the hull, hatch covers, hatch coamings, closing appliances, equipment and related
piping are maintained in a satisfactory condition.

Intermediate Survey:

The Intermediate Survey is to be carried out either at or between the second and third Annual Survey. Those
items which are additional to the requirements of the Annual Surveys may be surveyed either at or between the 2nd
and 3rd Annual Survey.

Harmonized System of Survey & Certification:


Surveys, made in accordance with the harmonised survey system for ships, are purported to harmonize intervals
between surveys of all legitimate certificates issued to all marine vessels. The harmonized system is presumed to
facilitate all the troubles of periods between surveys so that any ship would not have to worry about going into the
process of a survey schedule required by one convention right after having gone through the same thing concerned in
connection with another instrument.

All surveys are initiated on the same date so that all subsequent surveys, eg annual , intermediate etc, all fall on the
same date for all the certificates

.1 A one-year standard interval between surveys, based on initial, annual, intermediate, periodical and renewal
surveys, as appropriate, except for MARPOL Annex IV which is based on initial and renewal surveys;

.2 A scheme providing the necessary flexibility to execute each survey, with provision for:

 completion of the renewal survey within 3 months before the expiry date of the existing certificate with no loss
of its period of validity;
 a "time window" of 6 months – from 3 months before to 3 months after the anniversary date of the certificate
for annual, intermediate and periodical surveys;

.3 a maximum period of validity of five years for all cargo ship certificates;

.4 a maximum period of validity of 12 months for the Passenger Ship Safety Certificate;

.5 a system for the extension of certificates limited to three months, enabling a ship to complete its voyage, or one
month for ships engaged on short voyages;

.6 when an extension has been granted, the period of validity of the new certificate starting from the expiry date of the
existing certificate before its extension;

.7 a flexible system for inspection of the outside of the ship's bottom on the following conditions:

- .1 a minimum of two inspections during any five-year period of validity of the Cargo Ship Safety Construction
Certificate or the Cargo Ship Safety Certificate; and
- .2 the interval between any two such inspections should not exceed 36 months;

.8 a Cargo Ship Safety Certificate under SOLAS 74/88, as an alternative to separate Cargo Ship Safety Construction,
Cargo Ship Safety Equipment and Cargo Ship Safety Radio Certificates;

.9 a flexible system concerning the frequency and the period of validity of certificates, subject to the minimum pattern
of surveys being maintained.

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The types of survey used in the harmonized system are as follows:

(I) 2.1 An initial survey is a complete inspection before a ship is put into service of all the items relating to a particular
certificate, to ensure that the relevant requirements are complied with and that these items are satisfactory for the
service for which the ship is intended.

(P) 2.2 A periodical survey is an inspection of the items relating to the particular certificate to ensure that they are in a
satisfactory condition and fit for the service for which the ship is intended - should be held within three months before
or after the second anniversary date or within three months before or after the third anniversary date in the case of the
cargo ship safety equipment certificate and should take the place of one of the annual surveys and within three
months before or after each anniversary date in the case of the cargo ship safety radio certificate. With respect to
safety radio surveys the HSSC uses the term ‘periodical’ instead of ‘annual’ and with respect to safety equipment
surveys, HSSC uses the term ‘periodical’ instead of ‘intermediate’.

(R) 2.3 A renewal survey is the same as a periodical survey but also leads to the issue of a new certificate -
completion of the renewal survey within 3 months before the expiry date of the existing certificate with no loss of its
period of validity;

(In) 2.4 An intermediate survey is an inspection of specified items relevant to the particular certificate to ensure that
they are in a satisfactory condition and fit for the service for which the ship is intended - should be held within three
months before or after the second anniversary date or within three months before or after the third anniversary date of
the appropriate certificate and should take the place of one of the annual surveys. (A) 2.5 An annual survey is a
general inspection of the items relating to the particular certificate to ensure that they have been maintained and
remain satisfactory for the service for which the ship is intended - should be held within three months before or after
each anniversary date of the certificate.

(B) 2.6 An inspection of the outside of the ship's bottom is an inspection of the underwater part of the ship and related
items to ensure that they are in a satisfactory condition and fit for the service for which the ship is intended - There
should be a minimum of two inspections of the outside of the ship's bottom during any five year period

(Ad) 2.7 An additional survey is an inspection, either general or partial according to the circumstances, to be made
after a repair resulting from investigations or whenever any important repairs or renewals are made.

List of Surveys under HSSC:

1. Cargo Ship Safety Equipment Certificate;

2. Cargo Ship Safety Construction Certificate;
3. Cargo Ship Safety Radio Certificate;
4. International Load Line Certificate;
5. International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate;
6. International Pollution Prevention Certificate for Carriage of Noxious Liquid Substances in Bulk;
7. International Sewage Pollution Prevention Certificate;
8. International Air Pollution Prevention Certificate;
9. International Certificate of Fitness for the Carriage of Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk
10. Certificate of Fitness for the Carriage of Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk;
11. International Certificate of Fitness for the Carriage of Liquefied Gases in Bulk;
12. Passenger Ship Safety Certificate;

(i) The Passenger Certificate (PC) requires a Renewal survey each year.
(ii) The Cargo Ship Safety Radio Certificate (RADIO) requires a Periodical survey each year.
(iii) The International Load Line Certificate (LOADLINE) requires an Annual survey each year.
(iv) The Cargo Ship Safety Equipment Certificate (SEC) requires an Annual survey every year. On either the second
or third year this is replaced with a Periodical survey.
(v) The Cargo Ship Safety Construction Certificate (SAFCON), the International Certificate of Fitness for the Carriage
of Liquefied Gases in Bulk (IGC/GC), the International Certificate of Fitness for the Carriage of Dangerous Chemicals
in Bulk (IBC/BCH), the International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate (IOPPC) and the International Pollution
Prevention Certificate for the Carriage of Noxious Liquid Substances in Bulk all require Annual surveys each year. On
either the second or third year this is replaced with an Intermediate survey.

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Tanks intended to hold liquids and which form part of the subdivision of the ship shall be tested by flooding with water
to a head corresponding to the deepest subdivision load line or to two thirds of the depth from the top of the keel to the
freeboard deck whichever is the greater. In no case shall the test head be less than 0.9 metres above the top of the

In every ship each transverse and longitudinal watertight subdivision bulkhead shall be constructed in such a manner
that it shall be capable of supporting the pressure due to the maximum head of water which it might have to sustain in
the event of damage to the ship. The head of water shall be at least up to the freeboard deck.

Matrix for the HSSC of the different certificates

Load Line Survey:

A ship will be subject to the following surveys:
* Initial survey before the ship is put into service;
* Renewal survey at intervals not exceeding five years;
Annual survey within 3 months either way of the anniversary date of the load line certificate. The surveyor will endorse
the load line certificate on satisfactory completion of the annual survey. The period of validity of the load line certificate
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may be extended for a period not exceeding 3 months or the purpose of allowing the ship to complete its voyage to
the port in which it is to be surveyed.


1. Check that all access openings at ends of enclosed structures are in good conditions. All dogs, clamps
and hinges to be free and well greased. All gaskets and water-tight seals should be crack free. Ensure that the doors
open from both sides
2. Check all cargo hatches and access to holds for weather tightness
3. Check the efficiency and securing of portable beams
4. If portable wooden hatch covers are used check that they are in good condition
5. If tarpaulins are used at least two should be provided for each hatch and in good condition
6. Inspect all machinery space opening on exposed deck
7. Check that any manholes and flush scuttles are capable of being made watertight
8. Check that all ventilator openings are provided with efficient weathertight closing appliance
9. All airpipe should be provided with satisfactory means for closing and opening
10. Inspect any cargo ports below the freeboard deck and ensure that all of them are watertight
11. Ensure that non return valves on overboard valves are operating in a satisfactory manner
12. Side scuttles and openings below the freeboard deck must have efficient internal watertight deadlights
13. Check that all freeing ports are in satisfactory conditions
14. All guard-rails and bulwarks should be satisfactory condition
15. Derust and paint the deck line, loadline marks, load line and the draught marks

Cargo Ship Safety Equipment Survey:

An initial survey of cargo ship safety equipment shall include an inspection of the fire safety systems and appliances,
lifesaving appliances and arrangements except radio installations, the shipborne navigational equipment, means of
embarkation for pilots and other equipment to which Chapters II1, II2, III and V of the 1974 SOLAS Convention apply,
to ensure that they comply with the requirements of the relevant regulations, and they are in satisfactory condition and
are fit for the service for which the ship is intended. In addition the fire control plans, nautical publications, lights,
shapes, means of making sound signals and distress signals shall also be subject to this survey.
An annual survey shall include a general inspection of the equipment referred to above to ensure that it has been
maintained to conform with the provisions of the relevant regulations to ensure that the ship in all respects will remain
fit to proceed to sea without danger to the ship or persons on board and that it remains satisfactory for the service for
which the ship is intended.
A renewal survey and a periodical survey shall include an inspection of the equipment referred to in the initial survey
to ensure that it complies with the relevant requirements of the relevant regulations, is in satisfactory condition and is
fit for the service for which the ship is intended.
1.Inspect all the lifeboat stores and equipment. Overhaul and renew as necessary
2. Inspect the lifeboats pay particular attention to buoyancy material and check that the bottom boards and thwarts are
not cracked. Repaint the ship’s name and port of registry
3. Thoroughly over haul davits, winches and blocks and grease all moving parts. Renew or ‘end for end’ the falls
4. When the boats are in water run any lifeboat engines both ahead and astern.
5. Check that the inflatable liferafts have been serviced within the last 12 months.
6. Inspect the survival craft portable radio equipment.
7. Over haul the lifebuoys especially the self ignighting lights and check that they are correctly located.
8. Examine the life jackets and check they are correctly distributed.
9. Check expiry dates of pyrotechnics.
10. Test the emergency lighting system.
11. Check fire control plans are posted and still legible.
12. Test the fire/smoke detection system.
13. Test and try out the fire pump including the emergency fire pump.
14. Check fire hoses, nozzles and applicators are in good conditions.
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15. Test and overhaul the fixed firefighting system.
16. Overhaul portable and non portable fire extinguishers.
17. Confirm that all remote controls are operable.
18. Overhaul any applicable closing arrangement for ventilators, skylights, doors, funnel spaces and tunnels.
19. Overhaul the fireman’s outfit and recharge the compressed air B.A.
20. Inspect the pilot ladders, pilot hoists if carried.
21. Navigational equipment is also surveyed.

Condition Assessment Scheme (CAS):

CAS is a mandatory statutory survey scheme that Category 2 and Category 3 (non-double hull) oil tankers
must satisfactorily complete (with no outstanding recommendations) by 15 years of age or by the first intermediate or
renewal survey due after 5 April 2005, whichever occurs later, in order to trade to their respective phase out date as
per MARPOL 13G, which was accelerated by resolution MEPC.111(50) which entered into force on 5 April 2005. CAS
is required to be conducted in conjunction with, the mandatory Enhanced Survey Program (ESP) and builds upon ESP
by requiring additional thickness measurements and close-up surveys. Relative to ESP, CAS is unique in two
• CAS contains very specific responsibilities and deadlines for planning the survey, which must begin 8
months in advance of the survey’s commencement; and
• The flag Administration must review/monitor the survey and reporting process and issue the five-year full
term CAS Statement of Compliance.

The requirements of the CAS apply to:

Oil tankers of 5,000 tons deadweight and above, 15 years or over after the date of delivery of the ship.
The Scheme requires that compliance with the CAS is assessed during the Enhanced Survey Program of Inspections
concurrent with intermediate or renewal surveys currently required by resolution A.744(18), as amended.

[Category 1 oil tanker means an oil tanker of 20,000 tons deadweight and above carrying crude oil, fuel oil, heavy
diesel oil or lubricating oil as cargo, and of 30,000 tons deadweight and above carrying oil other than the above, which
does not comply with the requirements for new oil tankers as defined in regulation 1(26) of Annex I of MARPOL 73/78.

Category 2 oil tanker means an oil tanker of 20,000 tons deadweight and above carrying crude oil, fuel oil, heavy
diesel oil or lubricating oil as cargo, and of 30,000 tons deadweight and above carrying oil other than the above, which
complies with the requirements for new oil tankers as defined in regulation 1(26) of Annex I of MARPOL 73/78.

Category 3 oil tanker means an oil tanker of greater than 5000 tons deadweight and less than 20,000 tons
deadweight carrying crude oil, fuel oil, heavy diesel oil or lubricating oil as cargo or an oil tanker less than 30,000 tons
deadweight carrying other types of oil.]


2.1 Initial survey: For Category 2 and 3 tankers, the first CAS survey in accordance with regulation 20.6 shall be
carried out concurrent with the first scheduled intermediate or renewal survey after 5 April 2005, or the first scheduled
intermediate or renewal survey after the date when the ship reaches the 15 years of age, whichever occurs later.

2.2 Subsequent surveys: Any subsequent CAS surveys, required for the renewal of the Statement of Compliance shall
be carried out concurrently with the intermediate or renewal survey which has to be completed by the date of expiry of
the Statement of Compliance.

2.3 Early Implementation: Notwithstanding the above, the Company may, with the agreement of the Administration,
opt to carry out the CAS survey at a time earlier than the survey due date referred to above, provided that the vessel
survey complies with all the requirements of the CAS.

Upon satisfactory completion of the survey, shall issue an Interim Statement of Compliance, for a period not
exceeding 5 months. It shall remain valid until its expiry date or the date of issue of a Statement of Compliance,
whichever is the earlier date.

When the results of the CAS Final Report are deemed acceptable to the Administration, it shall issue the requisite
Statement of Compliance with an expiry date of not more than five (5) years and six (6) months from the date of
completion of the CAS survey.

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Condition Assessment Programme(CAP):
It is a consultancy / rating service by classification societies such as ABS, NKK, BV, LRS etc.
The purpose of CAP is:
To have the vessel judged based on the actual condition on board rather than age
To contribute to protecting life, property and the environment and to ensure safest possible transportation of the
To establish a sound basis for decisions on repair or investments in order to extend the lifetime of the vessel.
To document a vessel's technical condition towards/in connection with:
- Charterers
- Cargo owners and/ or authorities in connection with entry into new charters or extension of existing charters
- Refinancing of the vessel
- Sale or termination of management agreements etc.
- Ports and terminals
- Flag states

Achieving a good CAP rating from a reputable classification society has become de facto requirement for trading old vessels in the
Difference Between CAS and CAP:

 CAP is a consultancy service and is independent from CAS, which is a regulatory survey on behalf of the flag
 The CAP-service is rendered according to a contract with the client and rendered to ships.
 CAP is a voluntary service.
 CAS is aimed at ensuring a minimum standard for the vessel whereas the main purpose of CAP is to evaluate
and report the vessel’s condition above minimum class standard.

Market Requirement of CAP:

CAP is required for oil, chemical and LPG vessels above 20,000 dwt and older than 15 years or LNG vessels older
than 20 years.

CAP for the former set of vessels should also include a simplified fatigue analysis.

The acceptable overall CAP rating for the vessel is 2 or better.

Enhanced Survey Programme:

(In accordance with the regulation 13G, crude oil tankers of 20,000 tons deadweight and above and product carriers
of 30,000 tons deadweight and above AND bulk carriers shall be subject to the enhanced programme of inspections.)
The ESP is carried out in conjunction with annual, intermediate, periodic and SS with additional inspection/testing

Terms related to ESP:

1. Substantial corrosion is an extent of corrosion such that assessment of corrosion pattern indicates a wastage in
excess of 75% of allowable margins, but within acceptable limits.
[In general, allowable diminution of plate thickness up to 20% and for profiles up to 25% on original values
will be accepted. However, the thickness of plating is not to be less than:

For deck tmin > 0.9 (5.5 + 0.02 · L) and side/bottom tmin > 0.9 (5.0 + 0.04 · L) ]

2. Overall survey is a survey intended to report on the overall condition of the hull structure and determine the extent
of additional close-up surveys.
3. Close-up survey is a survey where the details of structural components are within the close visual inspection range
of the surveyor, i.e. preferably within reach of hand.
4. Representative spaces are those which are expected to reflect the condition of other spaces of similar type and
service and with similar corrosion prevention systems. When selecting representative spaces account should be taken
of the service and repair history on board and identifiable critical and/or suspect areas.
5. Suspect areas are locations showing substantial corrosion and/or are considered by the surveyor to be prone to
rapid wastage.
6. Corrosion prevention system is normally considered either:
.1 a full hard coating supplemented by anodes;
.2 a full hard coating.

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Other coating systems (e.g. soft coating) may be considered acceptable as alternatives provided that they are applied
and maintained in compliance with the manufacturers specification.
7. Coating condition is defined as follows:
GOOD condition with only minor spot rusting;
FAIR condition with local breakdown of coating at edges of stiffeners and weld connections and/or light rusting over
20% or more of areas under consideration, but less than as defined for POOR condition;
POOR condition with general breakdown of coating over 20% or more of areas or hard scale at 10% or more of areas
under consideration.
8. Critical structural areas are locations which have been identified from calculations to require monitoring or from the
service history of the subject ship or from similar or sister ships to be sensitive to cracking, buckling or corrosion which
would impair the structural integrity of the ship.
9. Cargo length area is that part of the ship which includes all cargo holds and adjacent areas including fuel tanks,
cofferdams, ballast tanks and void spaces.


A. Annual Survey:

Dry bulk cargo ships subject to Enhanced Survey Programme (class notation ESP) – additional requirements
301. For hatch covers and coamings the survey shall include:
— close-up examination of hatch coaming plating with panel stiffeners and brackets
— close-up examination of hatch cover plating and stiffener attachments that may be accessible in the open
position where mechanically operated steel hatch covers are fitted
— close-up examination of removable hatch cover steel pontoon plating.
302. For mechanically operated hatch covers, hatch cover sets which are wholly or partly within the forward 25% of
the ship's length and at least one additional set shall be surveyed open, closed and in operation to the full extent on
each direction, such that all sets on the ship are surveyed at least once in every 5-year period including:
— stowage and securing in open condition
— proper fit and efficiency of sealing in closed condition
— operational testing of hydraulic and power components, wires, chains and link drives
— examination of the fastening of all peripheral and cross joint cleats or other securing devices in closed condition.
If there are indications of difficulty in operating and securing hatch covers, additional sets shall be tested in operation
as deemed necessary by the surveyor.
303. For single skin bulk carriers over 10 years of age the survey shall include:
— overall examination of all cargo holds
— close-up examination in the forward cargo hold, of approximately lower 1/3 length of the side frames, including the
frame end attachment and the adjacent shell plating to a sufficient extent, minimum 25% of frames
— examination of all piping and penetrations in cargo holds, including overboard piping.
304. For single skin bulk carriers over 15 years of age, in addition to the requirements in 303, the survey shall
— close-up examination of one other selected cargo hold to the same extent as required for the forward cargo hold
305. Where the close-up examination required in 303 and 304 reveals need for remedial measures, the survey shall
be extended to include close-up examination of all side frames and adjacent shell plating of the relevant cargo hold,
as well as close-up examination of sufficient extent of all remaining cargo holds.
306. For double skin bulk carriers 10 to 15 years of age the survey shall include:
— overall examination of two selected cargo holds
— examination of all piping and penetrations in selected cargo holds, including overboard piping.
307. For double skin bulk carriers over 15 years of age the survey shall include:
— overall examination of all cargo holds
— examination of all piping and penetrations in cargo holds, including overboard piping.

Oil and chemical tankers subject to Enhanced Survey Programme (class notation ESP) – additional requirements
401. Wheelhouse doors and windows, side scuttles and windows in superstructure and deckhouse bulkheads
facing the cargo area and possible bow or stern loading and unloading arrangements shall be examined for gas
and vapour tightness.
402. Segregation between cargo and segregated ballast system shall be confirmed.
For chemical tankers, removable pipe lengths or other approved equipment necessary for cargo segregation
shall be overall examined.
403. Pump rooms shall be examined with special attention to:
— piping with pumps
— bulkheads for signs of oil leakage or fractures and, in particular, the sealing arrangements of all penetrations of
cargo pump room bulkheads
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— access ladders.
404. For combination ships with protected slop tanks, (including ships with class notation PST), the following shall be
— closing arrangement for hatches and other slop tank openings
— blanking arrangement for slop tank pipes.

B.Intermediate Survey:

Dry bulk cargo ships subject to Enhanced Survey Programme (class notation ESP) – additional requirements
301. For bulk carriers with hybrid cargo hold arrangements, the following shall be applied:
— full breadth cargo holds and associated topside tanks and hopper side tanks are subject to the single skin
bulk carrier requirements
— cargo holds of double skin and associated side tanks are subject to the double skin bulk carrier
302. For ships 5 to 10 years of age the survey shall include:
a) overall examination of representative ballast tanks selected by the surveyor. The selection shall include fore
and aft peak tanks and a number of other tanks, taking into account the total number and type of ballast
b) overall examination of all cargo holds
c) close-up examination as follows:
— for single skin bulk carriers: in the forward cargo hold and one other selected cargo hold, of the
transverse bulkheads at the shell plating and side frames, including their upper and lower end
attachments and adjacent shell plating to a sufficient extent, minimum 25% of frames.
Where considered necessary by the surveyor as a result of the overall and close-up examination, the
survey shall be extended to include close-up examination of all side frames and adjacent shell plating of
the relevant cargo hold, as well as close-up examination of sufficient extent of all remaining cargo holds.
— for double skin bulk carriers: of those areas of structure considered necessary by the surveyor as a result
of the overall examination.
— thickness measurements shall be carried out to an extent sufficient to determine both general and local
corrosion levels at areas subject to close-up examination.
The extent of thickness measurement may be specially considered provided the surveyor is satisfied by the close-up
examination that there is no structural diminution and the hard protective coatings are found to be in a GOOD
303. For ships over 10 years of age the survey shall include:
a) a thorough examination of hatch covers and coamings with closing, sealing and securing devices.
b) testing for satisfactory operation of all mechanically operated hatch covers, including:
— stowage and securing in open condition
— proper fit and efficiency of sealing in closed condition
— operational testing of hydraulic and power components, wires, chains and link drives.
c) testing for effectiveness of sealing arrangement of all hatch covers by hose testing or equivalent.
d) overall examination of all cargo holds and ballast tanks and in way of all cofferdams, pipe tunnels and void
spaces within the cargo area
e) examination and performance testing of all piping systems within all cargo holds and ballast tanks as well as
cofferdams, pipe tunnels and void spaces within the cargo area.
f) close-up examination of stipulated parts:
for single hull bulk carriers – cargo hold hatch covers and coamings plating & stiffeners; deck plating & underdeck
structures inside line of hatch openings between cargo hold hatches; cargo hold transverse shell frames; cargo hold
transverse bulkheads plating, stiffeners & girders, including internal structures of upper and lower stools; ballast tanks
transverse bulkheads including stiffening system; ballast tanks transverse web frames with associated plating &
for double skin bulk carriers – cargo hold hatch covers and coamings plating & stiffeners; deck plating &
underdeck structures inside line of hatch openings between cargo hold hatches; ordinary transverse frames in double
side tanks; cargo hold transverse bulkheads plating, stiffeners & girders, including internal structures of upper and
lower stools; ballast tanks transverse bulkheads including stiffening system; double bottom structure.
For ore carriers – deck transverse including adjacent deck structural members; cargo hold hatch covers plating &
stiffeners; deck plating & underdeck structures inside line of hatch openings between cargo hold hatches; transverse
web frame rings including adjacent structural members; transverse bulkheads including girder system and adjacent
structural members; cargo hold transverse bulkheads plating, stiffeners and girders, including structures of upper &
lower stools.
g) thickness measurement of stipulated parts.
h) a bottom survey.

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401. For single hull oil tankers from 5 to 10 years of age overall examination of all ballast tanks shall be carried out.
402 For ships over 10 years of age the survey shall include:
— overall examination of all cargo tanks and ballast tanks and all pump rooms, cofferdams, pipe tunnels and
void spaces within the cargo area
— examination and performance testing of all cargo piping on deck, including crude oil washing (COW) piping, cargo
and ballast piping within all cargo tanks and ballast tanks as well as cofferdams, pipe tunnels and void spaces within
the cargo area. Special attention shall be given to any ballast piping in cargo tanks and cargo piping in ballast tanks
and void spaces. Thickness measurement shall be taken if deemed necessary by the surveyor.
— close-up examination of stipulated parts
— thickness measurement of stipulated parts.
— a bottom survey.
403. A ballast tank shall be recorded for examination at subsequent annual surveys where, in addition to the
conditions given in 101[For ships 5 to 10 years of age, an overall examination of representative ballast tanks selected by the
surveyor shall be carried out. If there is no protective coating, soft or semi-hard coating, or POOR coating condition, the
examination shall be extended to other ballast tanks of the same type.
For ships over 10 years of age, an overall examination of all ballast tanks and tanks used as bilge water holding tanks shall be carried
and 106 [the survey shall include examination of the condition of corrosion prevention system, where provided.
A ballast tank, except bilge water holding tanks, shall be recorded for examination at subsequent annual surveys where:
— a hard protective coating was not applied from the time of construction, or
— a soft or semi-hard coating has been applied, or
— the hard protective coating is found in POOR condition and it is not renewed.
— the hard protective coating is found to be less than GOOD condition and is not repaired to the satisfaction of the surveyor.]
— the hard protective coating is found to be less than GOOD condition and is not repaired to the satisfaction
of the surveyor.

C. Renewal Survey:

Dry bulk cargo ships subject to Enhanced Survey Programme (class notation ESP) – additional requirements
301. For bulk carriers with hybrid cargo hold arrangements, the following shall be applied:
— full breadth cargo holds and associated topside tanks and hopper side tanks are subject to the single skin
bulk carrier requirements.
— cargo holds of double skin and associated side tanks are subject to the double skin bulk carrier requirements.
302. Close-up examination of stipulated parts.
303. Thickness measurements shall be carried out of stipulated parts.
304. A bottom survey in dry dock shall be carried out as part of the renewal survey.
305. For single skin bulk carriers subject, additional thickness measurements shall be carried out of the vertically
corrugated transverse watertight bulkhead between cargo holds Nos. 1 and 2.
For ships built 1996-1998 the thickness measurements at the 2nd renewal survey may be required as part of the
initial evaluation for compliance in order to determine the general condition of the structure and to establish the extent
of possible steel renewal and or reinforcements of the bulkhead.

Oil and chemical tankers subject to Enhanced Survey Programme (class notation ESP) – additional requirements
401. For single hull oil tankers with double bottom or double side spaces (for water ballast, or void spaces), the
survey requirements for double hull oil tankers shall be applied in way of the double bottom or the double sides.
402. Close-up examination shall be carried out of stipulated parts.
The survey of stainless steel tanks may be carried out as an overall examination supplemented by close-up
examination as deemed necessary by the surveyor.
403. Thickness measurements shall be carried out.
404. A bottom survey in dry dock shall be carried out.
405. Cargo tank boundaries facing ballast tanks, void spaces, pipe tunnels, pump rooms or cofferdams shall be
pressure tested.
All cargo tank bulkheads shall be pressure tested at the 2nd and subsequent renewal surveys.
The pressure shall, in general, correspond to a head of liquid to the highest point that liquid will rise under
service conditions.
Pressure testing of cargo tanks may be accepted based on confirmation from the Master, stating that the
pressure testing has been carried out according to the requirements, with a satisfactory result.
The testing of boundaries facing double bottom tanks and other spaces not designed for the carriage of liquid
may be omitted, provided a satisfactory internal examination together with an examination of the tanktop is
carried out.
The surveyor may extend the tank testing as deemed necessary.
406. A ballast tank shall be recorded for examination at subsequent annual surveys where, in addition to the
conditions given in 104 [Suspect areas identified shall be recorded for examination at subsequent annual surveys.
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Areas found with substantial corrosion, which are not upgraded, shall also be recorded for thickness measurements at subsequent
annual surveys.
Note: Annual surveys of suspect areas and areas found with substantial corrosion are not applicable to cargo tanks of oil and
chemical tankers.] :
— the hard protective coating is found to be less than GOOD condition and is not repaired to the satisfaction
of the surveyor.
407. For independent cargo tanks in chemical tankers the survey shall include:
— thickness measurement as found necessary by the surveyor
— hydraulically pressure testing of all tanks to their MARVS (Maximum Allowable Relief Valve Setting).
The testing of cargo tanks type a3 may be omitted if the tanks are found without corrosion and other damage and
otherwise found acceptable by the surveyor.

Preparing for an Enhanced Survey:

A. Planning – the Survey Planning Document.

1. A specific survey programme should be worked out in advance of the periodical survey by the owner in co-
operation with the Administration.
2. The survey programme should include conditions for survey, access to structures and equipment for surveys, taking
into account the requirements for close-up survey and thickness measurements and tank pressure testing.
3. Alternatively the close-up survey in this survey programme may be based on a planning document, approved by the
Administration. The planning document [Survey Planning Document] should comply with a procedure for the
application of risk assessment developed by the Organization.
4. The survey programme should take into account the information included in the documentation on board.

B. Conditions for survey

1. The owner should provide the necessary facilities for a safe execution of the survey.
2. Tanks and spaces should be safe for access, i.e. gas freed, ventilated, etc.
3. Tanks and spaces should be sufficiently clean and free from water, scale, dirt, oil residues, etc., to reveal significant
corrosion, deformation, fractures, damages or other structural deterioration. In particular this applies to areas which
are subject to thickness measurement.
4. Sufficient illumination should be provided to reveal significant corrosion, deformation, fractures, damages or other
structural deterioration.

C. Access to structures
1. For overall survey, means should be provided to enable the surveyor to examine the structure in a safe and
practical way.
2. For close-up survey, one or more of the following means for access, acceptable to the surveyor, should be
- permanent staging and passages through structures
- temporary staging and passages through structures
- lifts and moveable platforms
- other equivalent means.

D. Equipment for survey

1. Thickness measurements should normally be carried out by means of ultrasonic test equipment. The accuracy of
the equipment should be proven to the surveyor as required.
2. One or more of the following fracture detection procedures may be required if deemed necessary by the surveyor:
- radiographic equipment
- ultrasonic equipment
- magnetic particle equipment
- dye penetrant
- other equivalent means
3. A communication system should be arranged between the survey party in the spaces and the responsible officer
on deck.
4. Explosimeter, oxygen-meter, breathing apparatus, lifeline and whistles should be at hand during the survey. A
safety checklist should be provided.

E. Documentation on board
6.1.1 The owner should supply and maintain on-board documentation as specified in 6.2 and 6.3, which should be
readily available for the surveyor. The condition evaluation report referred to in 6.2 should include a translation
into English.
6.1.2 The documentation should be kept on board for the lifetime of the ship.
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6.2 Survey report file
6.2.1 A survey report file should be a part of the documentation on board consisting of:
.1 reports of structural surveys (annex 6);
.2 condition evaluation report (annex 7);
.3 thickness measurement reports (annex 8); and
.4 survey planning document according to principles in annex 4, where provided.
6.2.2 The survey report file should be available also in the owner's and the Administration offices.
6.3 Supporting documents
6.3.1 The following additional documentation should be available on board:
.1 main structural plans of holds and ballast tanks
.2 previous repair history
.3 cargo and ballast history
.4 inspections by ship's personnel with reference to:
- structural deterioration in general;
- leakages in bulkheads and piping;
- condition of coating or corrosion prevention system, if any,
and any other information that would help to identify critical structural areas and/or suspect areas requiring inspection.

Pounding stresses exist when a ship is pitching. Ship’s bow lifts clear of the water and comes down heavily. It
causes damage to the bottom end girder at the bow.
The structure is strengthened to resist the effects of pounding/slamming from the collision bulkhead to 25% of
the ship’s length from the forward. The flat bottom shell plating ,
adjacent to the keel on either side of the ship is increased in
thickness from between 15% to 30% depending on the length of
the ship; larger ships having smaller increases.
In addition to increasing the plating thickness, the
unsupported panels of platings are reduced in size. In
transversely framed ships the frame spacing in this region is 700
mm compared to 750 to 900 mm amidships. Longitudinal girders
are fitted 2.2 m apart extending vertically from shell plate to the
tank top, while intermediate half-height girders are fitted to the
shell to reduce the unsupported width to 1.1 m. Solid floors are
fitted at every frame space and are attached to the shell by
continuous welding.

Panting Stresses: As the waves pass along the ship they cause bulkhead
fluctuations in water pressure which tend to create an in-out
movement of the shell plating. The effect of this is found to be
greatest at the ends of the ship, particularly at the fore end, where
the shell plating is relatively flat than at the after end. Such
movements are termed PANTING and if not resisted, could lead
to fatigue loading of the material.
The structure of the ship is strengthened to resist the effects of
panting from 15% of the ship’s length from forward to the stem
and aft of the after peak bulkhead.
In the fore-peak:
 Tiers of panting beams are fitted forward of the collision
bulkhead below the lowest deck. These are similar to
deck beam and are connected to frames by beam knees,
but are only fitted at alternative frames.
 The intermediate frames are bracketed to the stringers.
 The free edge of the bulkhead stringer may be stiffened
by one of the beams.
 Light side stringers are fitted in the panting area in line with those in the forepeak. These stringers are of
intercostals plates connected to the shell and to a continuous face angle running along the toes of the frames.
 Tiers of beams are spaced 2 meters apart vertically and supported by wash plates or pillars.
 Panting stringers, similar to deck stringers, are laid on each tier of beams.
 To stiffen the joint between each beam and the inner edge of the stringer, the plate edge may be shaped or
gussets fitted.
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 At intermediate frame without beams, the stringer is support by a beam knee of half its depth.
 At fore ends, the stringers are joined by flat plate called “Breasthooks”.

Fore Peak structure to resist Panting:

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