General Requirements for Access Equipment



This Chapter describes the requirements of the 1966 International Load Line Convention, and the rules of maritime regulatory bodies including the Classification Societies, where they affect cargo access equipment, particularly hatch covers. It also discusses operational requirements such as coaming heights, hatch cover stowage, deck openings and drainage, as well as the maintainability of access equipment in general terms. Safety and fabrication are also discussed.


Deck Plating Merchant Shipping Access Equipment Tonnage Measurement Lower Deck 
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© MacGregor Publications Ltd. 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Naval Architecture and ShipbuildingUniversity of Newcastle-upon-TyneUK
  2. 2.University of Wales Institute of Science and TechnologyUK

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