Are the ships’ hatch covers weathertight?
This seemingly simple but important question is what surveyors, whether acting on behalf of P&I clubs, shippers, charterers or courts have to answer on a regular basis. Whilst the answer should be invariably “Yes” or “No”, the way to come to the right conclusion is not so easy and requires a good understanding of hatch covers, their operation and tightness as well as industry requirements.
This brochure has been designed to help those involved in inspecting, testing and evaluating the weathertight integrity of hatch covers in making well informed decisions, and assist owners and shipboard personnel in maintaining their hatch covers and closing appliances in line with good industry practice and standards.
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