2/E Duties on ESP, CAP & CAS

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List of Duties & Responsibilities

  • Discuss with CE , Master & C/O to prepare Plan for Upcoming Survey.
  • Discuss With CE & prepare Plan for the upcoming ESP/ CAS / CAP
  • Educate crew regarding Upcoming Survey – PPE requirements & Others.
  • Make sure Crews & Engineers Rest Hours Not violated Because of survey. Pre Plan accordingly.
  • Discuss With C/O to Accommodate Surveyors & technicians On board. – Keep the Life boat Capacity in Mind.
  • Delegate the Jobs on based on rank & competency. Involve Juniors also in the survey for them to Learn.
  • If the survey conducted at Port, Make sure No disruption in Ongoing Cargo operation & Crews rest Hours. Keep the Engine room Manned.
  • If the survey conducted at Sea , Make sure No disruption in Ongoing Daily Voyage operation & Crews rest Hours. Keep the Engine room Manned.
  • Discuss with C/O & Eto and make Sure Sufficient illumination is to be provided to reveal corrosion, deformation, fractures, damages or other structural deterioration.
  • Proper Maintenance Routines on Engine Room Machineries as per PMS for Max Performance Output. – CAP
  • Keep Records Ready as per the survey checklist.
  • Keep the Performance Monitor & Vibration monitor Equipments Ready – CAP
  • Keep the ER Clean & Tidy
  • Make Sure All Safety Equipments / Guards / Rails / Caps are in Place .
  • Make Sure Proper Isolation Permits made while Dealing with Machineries – As per SMS
  • Make sure Proper Entry Permits made Before entry – as per ISM.
  • Tanks & spaces are to be safe for the access, be gas free & properly ventilated. Before entering a tank, void or enclosed space, it is to be confirmed that the atmosphere in that space is free from hazardous gas & contains sufficient oxygen.
  • Thickness measurements & to permit for the thorough examination, all spaces are to be cleaned including removal from the surfaces of all loose accumulated corrosion scale. Spaces are to be sufficiently clean & free from water, scale, dirt, oil residues etc. to discover corrosion, deformation, fractures, damages or other structural decay as well as the condition of the protective coating. But, those areas of the structure whose renewal has already been determined by the owner required only be cleaned & descaled to the extent essential to determine the limits of renewed areas.

For surveys, covering close-up survey where relevant, in cargo spaces & ballast tanks, one or more of the following means of access, is to be provided:

  1. Permanent staging & passages through structures.
  2. Temporary staging and passages through structures.
  3. Hydraulic arm vehicles such as conventional cherry pickers, lifts & movable platforms.
  4. Portable ladders.
  5. Boats or rafts.
  6. Other equivalent means
  • A communication system is to be provided between the survey party in the tank & the responsible officer on deck.
  • Appropriate time should be allowed, to assure that the overall survey, close-up survey & thickness measurement of tanks & holds can be done satisfactorily. It is suggested that the order of survey can be discussed in detail with the attending Surveyor to assure that the surveys are performed expediently.

In planning the Survey Programme, the following documentation should be collected with a view to selecting tanks, holds, areas & structural elements to be checked:

  1. Survey status & basic ship Information
  2. On-board documentation
  3. Main structural plans(scantling drawings); including information regarding use of the high tensile steels (HTS),Relevant previous survey &  inspection reports from both LR & the Owner,
  4. Information regarding the use of the ship’s holds & tanks, typical cargoes & other necessary data,
  5. Information concerning corrosion protection level on the new building,
  6. Information concerning the relevant maintenance level during operation.

Does the Enhanced Survey Programme (ESP) apply for the new ship?

Enhanced survey programme includes bulk carriers & oil tankers regardless of the age of the ship.

ESP provides the specific suggestions on how these ships required to be surveyed with respect to hull & structure of these ships.

While these inspection suggestions applies to new ships but the onboard ESP records(Condition evaluation report & thickness measurement report) are only available after first renewal & dry dock survey.

So onboard, you will not find ESP records for the vessels that are less than(<) 5 years old.

What is Enhanced survey programme?

A ship undergoes 4 type of surveys during its 5 yearly cycle of statutory surveys.

Annual Survey

Intermediate survey

Renewal Survey

Dry dock survey

So where does Enhanced survey programme fit in these?

Enhanced survey programme is not a distinct survey. ESP just gives the specific suggestions about what to inspect during these surveys with respect to hull & structure of bulk carriers & oil tankers.

When to inspect

The renewal survey may be started at the fourth annual survey & be progressed during the succeeding year with a view to completion by the 5th anniversary date.

(Special survey progress may start 15 months prior 5th anniversary date)

A survey in the dry-dock should be a part of the renewal survey. There should be a minimum of two surveys of the outside of the ship’s bottom during the 5-year period of the certificate. In all cases, the maximum interval between bottom inspections should not exceed 36 months

How to inspect

For ships of 15 years of age & over, survey of the outside of the ship’s bottom should be done with the ship in dry-dock. For ships of less than(<) 15 years of age, alternate survey of the ship’s bottom not conducted in conjunction with the renewal survey may be performed with the ship afloat.

In any kind of survey, i.e. renewal, intermediate, annual or other surveys having the scope of the foregoing ones, thickness measurements of structures in areas where close-up surveys are needed should be performed simultaneously with close-up survey