This book from the Witherby Seamanship stable provides a definitive study of hatch cover testing and maintenance.
The book was written by Mike Wall, Managing Director of Kiwi Marine Consultants Limited and a qualified mediator. Mike has 20 years experience in hull, machinery, cargo and condition surveys in the USA, New Zealand, Fiji and South East Asia and proved an excellent commentator on the matter.
During the publication process the book was reviewed by a number of experts and interested parties, including the SKULD P&I club, who provided access to their archives to obtain a number of case studies, and past and current Masters of bulk carriers. The Macgregor group kindly provided up to date design and equipment graphics
- Why Hatch Covers are Fitted to Ships
- Background to the Design of Hatch Covers
- Ship Construction to Accommodate Hatch Covers
- Different Designs for Different Cargoes
- Hatch Cover Types
- The Differences Between Watertightness and Weathertightness
- Care and Maintenance of Hatch Covers
- Reasons for Hatch Cover Testing by Various Organisations and the Role of the Marine Surveyor in these Tests
- The Various Hatch Cover Testing Methods
- The Use of Ultrasound Testing Equipment, Principles and Operation of the Varied Equipment Available on the Market
- Client Approval of Ultrasound Testing Equipment and Operators
- Common Defects Found when Hatch Cover Testing
- Repairs to Hatch Covers