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Lehrer F.,ABS Product Development
Journal of Protective Coatings and Linings | Year: 2010

The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has developed a comprehensive, ship or offshore unit-specific, yet easy-to-use, software-based Hull Inspection Program (HIP) for owners. The society also offers an optional notation based on comprehensive guidelines, appropriate training for the crew, and the implementation of the associated software. The inspection criteria are graded with a rating from 0 to 6. A traffic light status, red (5 to 6), yellow (3 to 4), and green (0 to 2), is assigned to each zone for each criterion. These scores are then added for each zone and rolled up to get a normalized score for the compartment. Each zone is inspected and graded using six inspection criteria. The scores for all zones in the compartment for a particular inspection criterion are then normalized, and the aggregate of all the inspection criteria scores for all the zones is the normalized compartment score. Specific critical areas are defined by the hull structural analysis that identifies those areas with a particularly high risk of failure.

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