Hatch Cover Maintenance and Operation – A Guide to Good Practice


David Byrne, CEng, BSc, MSc, FRINA, FMCMS

ISBN 0 9546537 2 6 64pp A5 soft cover published May 2005 £30

>> Explains the fundamental importance of weather-tight hatch covers to the safe and profitable operation of cargo ships. Poorly maintained or secured hatch covers can result in total losses in heavy seas and are one of the principal sources of cargo damage claims.

>> The guide describes the various types of hatch cover in use today and explains how they should be inspected, maintained and operated to ensure maximum effectiveness and safety.

>> It is intended for ship owners, ship mangers, ship’s officers, surveyors and all others involved in ship maintenance and operation.

>> Second edition extensively revised and updated to include shipowners’ due-diligence obligations, IACS requirements for ultrasonic testing, recent IACS contributions to hatch cover design and operation, a schedule of the top 10 defects, many new illustrations and a new glossary of terms.

>> Written by David Byrne, managing director of leading maritime engineering and consultancy company Maritime Sector Specialists, formerly the consultancy business of leading hatch-cover manufacturer MacGregor.

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