What is CAP or Condition Assessment Program and its purpose ? |

What is CAP or Condition Assessment Program and its purpose ?

Ships should be surveyed periodically to verify that they are maintained in an acceptable condition in accordance with international conventions, the Rules of Classification societies, etc.

Detailed ship conditions, however, cannot usually be all assessed by the regular surveys. A detailed assessment of ship condition is very important for the owner’s maintenance program through a ship’s service life.

The Condition Assessment Program(CAP) is a specialized survey program which offers owners a detailed assessment of a ship’s actual condition, based on strength evaluation, and fatigue strength analysis as well as a detailed on site systematic inspection of the hull, machinery and cargo systems.

CAP is a voluntary service offered by some IACS Members. There is no complete harmonization of the CAP programs offered by IACS Members.

Purpose of CAP :

CAP has been created out of a wish from ship owners to document the quality of their vessels beyond the scope of classification.

CAP is an independent and thorough verification of the actual condition of a vessel at the time of inspection.

Benefits of CAP: The main benefits of CAP are :

  1. To have the vessel judged based on the actual condition on board rather than age.
  2. To contribute to protecting life, property and the environment and to ensure safest possible transportation of cargo.
  3. To establish a sound basis for decisions on repair or investments in order to extend the lifetime of the vessel.
  4. To document a vessel’s technical condition towards/in connection with Charterers, cargo owners/or authorities in connection with entry into new charters or extension of existing charters, refinancing of the vessel, sale or termination of management agreements etc and ports and terminals.

Features: CAP is a quality tool for assessing the technical and functional condition of a vessel.

While class implies that the vessel has a technical standard equal to or better than a minimum standard, CAP describes and specifies the actual condition on board at the time of inspection and rates the vessel in accordance with a rating scale from 1 (best) to 4 (lowest). It is based upon detailed inspection and function testing, thickness and vibration measurement, analysis and calculations.

The program is designed for tankers and bulk carriers older than 15 years, but may well be used for other types of tonnage and at any age. CAP is a consultancy service and is independent, yet complementary, to the classification process.

The CAP deliverables contain :

  1. Fatigue Analysis report (optional for CAP Hull)
  2. Statements of facts including particulars of the ship. Executive Summary of findings from inspection and analyses
  3. Technical reports containing descriptions, observations, analysis and ratings
  4. Photographic evidence where the average condition is reflected together with the extreme findings (best and worst) to verify the basis of the findings, detailed report on indicator diagrams, oil analysis and vibration measurement analysis.


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