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Are your hatch covers weathertight?
Author: Per Haveland
Pages count: 15
Description: Cargo damage due to wetting represents a significant percentage of the claims presented to Gard every year. One of the leading causes is defective hatch covers which in our experience remains a recurring problem. Many hatch cover related defects are also found during condition surveys carried out within the scope of our inspection program.
The purpose of this article is to increase awareness of the issue and provide guidance on the importance of correct maintenance and testing of the hatch covers. We will first touch upon some of the more frequently occurring problems with hatch cover systems. Then we will discuss the different methods of testing the weathertightness of hatch covers followed by the issues concerning the use of extra sealants and finally provide some recommendations.