Proper inspection, maintenance, and operation of hatch covers are crucial for the safety of the vessel and the care of its cargo. Following hatch cover maintenance best practices significantly reduces the risk of insurance claims for cargo damage due to wetting and helps to preserve the vessel’s seaworthiness and the safety of the crew, along with protecting the marine environment and avoiding supply chain disruptions.
In this artcle we address some of the different aspects of maintenance, including cost, safety, evolution of knowledge, and how maintenance is considered in ship design
This article concerns door maintenance onboard ships and offshore rigs.
We ask a marine surveyor what common issues he sees with hatch covers and what can be done to reduce the chances of claims arising from damages to the vessel and cargo.