What are preparations for a load line survey ?

  1. Check that all access openings at ends of enclosed structures are in good conditions. All dogs, clamps and hinges to be free and well greased. All gaskets and water-tight seals should be crack free. Ensure that the doors open from both sides
  2. Check all cargo hatches and access to holds for weather tightness
  3. Check the efficiency and securing of portable beams
  4. If portable wooden hatch covers are used check that they are in good condition
  5. If tarpaulins are used at least two should be provided for each hatch and in good condition
  6. Inspect all machinery space opening on exposed deck
  7. Check that any manholes and flush scuttles are capable of being made watertight
  8. Check that all ventilator openings are provided with efficient weather tight closing appliance
  9. All air pipe should be provided with satisfactory means for closing and opening
  10. Inspect any cargo ports below the freeboard deck and ensure that all of them are watertight
  11. Ensure that non return valves on overboard valves are operating in a satisfactory manner
  12. Side scuttles and openings below the freeboard deck must have efficient internal watertight deadlights
  13. Check that all freeing ports are in satisfactory conditions
  14. All guard-rails and bulwarks should be satisfactory condition
  15. Derust and paint the deck line, loadline marks, load line and the draught marks
  16. Non return and overboard valves functioning properly.