There has been pressure on the shipping industry to improve ship structural integrity by more stringent survey methods. These 'enhanced survey' regimes cannot be effectively carried out using existing methods such as rafting, staging or cradles. Development of an alternative approach was undertaken with the objective of providing a reliable, cost effective and safe survey method. A specification for such a method was derived from discussions with owners, class and regulatory bodies. Equipment and procedures were developed and validated to meet the specification. This method for marine surveys involved novel approaches to Access, Survey and Safety and has been named MASS. The MASS system was first applied on the VLCC Saudi Splendour, whilst underway from the UK to the Persian Gulf. Practical experience gained during the survey demonstrated the benefits of MASS and pointed to further applications and refinements to be developed in the future.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Inst Marine Engrs Trans, v 107 pt 1, 1995, p 47 [10 p, 5 tab, 9 fig]
  • Authors:
    • Constantinis, D A
    • Richardson, A J
  • Publication Date: 1995


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  • Accession Number: 00717242
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 4 1996 12:00AM