The IMO PSPC Regulation
The Perfomance Standard for Protective Coatings Resolutions MSC.215(82) and MSC.215(84) provides technical requirements for protective coatings in all ballast tanks of all new ships of greater than 500 gross tonnage, and double-side skin spaces arranged in bulk carriers of 150m (492 ft) in length and upward came into full effect from 1st July 2008.
'New' is defined as:
Although the PSPC highlights Ballast Tank Coatings, the standard also covers all Permanent Means of Access (PMA) when integral with the structural elements. The PSPC is also recommended for other portions of the PMA including independent platforms, ladders and guard rails.
The aim of the IMO PSPC is to ensure a minimum of useful coating life of 15 years for ballast tanks, as the quality of the coating condition has an influence on the level of corrosion and consequently can minimise the loss of life.
The IMO PSPC defines coating practices and:
In addition the PSPC requires an inspection agreement between the owner, shipbuilder and coating manufacturer, recorded and documented as part of the CTF, containing:
The Coating Technical File must then be submitted for review by Class.
A general summary of the inspection requirements within the PSPC Coating Technical File for approval by Class
Yard to apply and record the Primary Surface Preparation (checked by the qualified inspectors)
Yard to apply and record the Shop Primer (checked by the qualified inspectors)
Yard to apply and record the Secondary Surface Preparation prior to any subsequent application of a coating system at both the block stage and the erection stage (checked by the qualified inspectors)
Coating Inspectors must:
Each step of the coating process must be documented and collated for submission within the CTF.
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