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Hull Integrity

Managing structural confidence

Our award winning Hull Integrity service helps you to reduce the risk of structural failure, increasing confidence in the condition of your vessels and helping you to improve safety.

As an operator, you can gain additional benefit from the results of your own hull inspections by using them to help satisfy the requirements of the various regulatory and commercial third parties for hull inspection data.

Our Hull Integrity service makes this possible. It also helps you to reduce the risk of structural failure, increasing confidence in the condition of your vessels and helping you to improve safety. 

Effective management

Hull Integrity is a service that provides you with the guidance and tools you need to help manage the structural integrity of your fleet. It uses simple techniques to help improve confidence in your structural inspection programme. Any of your ships can benefit from Hull Integrity, although the optional Hull Integrity notation can only be awarded to Lloyd’s Register classed ships.

The Hull Integrity regime

Hull Integrity is based on a regime of structural inspections. The inspections are carried out by trained senior ship’s officers or superintendents, with the aid of inspection guides written specifically for each ship. The results of the inspections are recorded using the Hull Integrity software package and uploaded to an inspection database on a secure web site. The recorded data can be used to generate detailed repair lists and to carry out analyses across your entire fleet, making it possible to detect trends and predict future repair costs. Hull Integrity will help you to satisfy the requirements of regulatory and commercial third parties for hull inspection data, as referenced in OCIMF’s Tanker Management and Self Assessment Guidelines.

Three elements of the service

The service can be broken down into three main elements:

  • training and support

  • ship-specific hull inspection guides

  • user-friendly software.

Training and support
We provide the technical training necessary to enable your inspectors to carry out Hull Integrity inspections. Our three-day Hull Inspection, Damage and Repair Course will help your ship’s staff and superintendents to understand the different types of defect and damage that occur in ship structures, as well as the repair methods that are recommended for each. This is backed up by a comprehensive CD-ROM-based Hull Inspection Distance Learning Course, which will help them to improve their hull inspection techniques.  We have also developed an e-learning course to help you to get the most out of Hull Integrity. The course covers the inspection, recording and analysis functions of the software that forms part of the service.

Hull inspection guides
When you enrol with the service, you receive a ship specific Hull Inspection Guide for each of your vessels. These guides use extracts from ships’ plans to identify locations within the cargo and ballast tanks that need to be looked at during inspections, including fatigue hotspots and any other areas identified from classification records, previous inspections and operator experience. We also provide a Tank Coatings Condition Guide to help you inspect marine coatings. This guide covers methods for assessing coating condition and includes colour images of tank coatings in various conditions, data on areas prone to corrosion and coating condition reports.

User-friendly software
We will provide you with specially developed software for use onboard your ships. The software generates inspection checklists to provide your inspectors with guidance on where to look and what to look for. It contains simple templates to help them record their inspection results, which are uploaded to a secure database on the internet. This data can then be reviewed and analysed by superintendents, and you can choose to give restricted access to charterers or other third parties.

The software includes features such as a defect and repair list generator, which can help you to produce drydock repair specifications. It is designed to be extremely easy to use, and avoids complex three dimensional models. 

Summary of benefits

  • More effective inspection and recording procedures can lead to a reduced risk of structural failure, helping to improve safety and structural confidence.

  • Helps to increase the availability of your fleet by reducing downtime, both planned and unplanned.

  • Can help to identify defects and deterioration early on, allowing timely preventative action and safer ship operation.

  • Helps you to satisfy charterers and financiers by enabling you to demonstrate that your ships are maintained to high standards.

Next steps...

To find out how we can help your business please contact your nearest office or complete our enquiry form: