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New survey requirements for Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers

New survey requirements for Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers

Lloyds Registry

The updated survey requirements include the following

For all bulk carriers, the examination criteria for ballast tank coating conditions will now be similar to the stricter criteria already applicable for oil tankers. This means coating conditions rated “less than GOOD” (i.e. “FAIR” or “POOR”) will require examination during Annual Surveys.
For bulk carriers of 150m in length and upwards, fitted with double-side skin void spaces, a new requirement will apply for the examination (and reporting) of the coating condition of these spaces on ships aged 20 years and older (i.e. normally at Special Survey IV and onwards). If the coating is graded as “POOR”, the double-side skin void spaces will be required to be re-examined at each subsequent annual survey.

The definitions of “oil tanker” and “double hull oil tanker” will be changed to include only ships that carry oil cargoes in integral tanks and exclude ships that carry oil cargoes in independent tanks (e.g. asphalt carriers).

Changes to cargo tank testing requirements for oil tankers when the testing is done by the crew. To clarify, the test is to be carried out prior to overall and close-up surveys (within the Special Survey window and not more than three months prior to the completion date of overall or close-up surveys).
Posted: Jun 28, 2024,
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