Ignorance is NOT bliss when it comes to ballast tanks!
Ballast tanks are areas on board that, if not quite forgotten, are often neglected. This can be due to access problems, time constraints; cargo handling… the list of reasons is long. Usually the only times that ballast tanks are visited are:
AlfaTest AB has established an inspection program where we carry out comprehensive inspections of these spaces with subsequent detailed, easy-to-read reports.
Pre-Guarantee Docking Inspection
Three to six months after delivery of a new ship is the perfect time to carry out a detailed inspection of ballast tanks. Exposed faults are individually itemized and documented and a claim can be made to the building yard. Typical faults found can be:
Another important advantage is that sister vessels still in production can be improved.
Periodic inspections can be carried out at any time.
An economical way is to have them carried out together with thickness measurement surveys from 15 months before due date. If there are problems, then you will have a clear and detailed report which you can use when planning the repair prior to or during the coming docking.