Wooden Boats: How to survey

 

How to survey wooden boats: Image 1
How to survey wooden boats: Image 1

You are now considering how to survey wooden boats; whether you have been involved in the marine industry all your life or you have come to marine surveying through a career-change having completed and passed the IIMS Diploma Course. If so, you should be prepared to engross yourself in the technology and language of wooden boats construction and timber technology. There are several ways in which you are able to achieve this. If you have not been involved in building wooden boats before becoming a surveyor, one option for learning the required practical skills and complex terminology is to enrol on one of the excellent courses at various centres which have been established around the UK. Continue reading “Wooden Boats: How to survey”

ITIC: Ten Golden Rules of Loss Prevention for Expert Witnesses

Ten Golden Rules of Loss Prevention for Expert Witness as recommended by ITIC
Ten Golden Rules of Loss Prevention for Expert Witness as recommended by ITIC

ITIC was formed in 1992 through the merger of CISBA CLUB, a mutual insurer of shipbrokers, founded in 1925, and Transport Intermediaries Mutual Insurance Association (TIM).

Transport Intermediaries Mutual Insurance Association was formed in 1985 by Thomas R. Miller & Sons partnership with a view to expanding the sources and availability of liability insurance for all professionals in the transport industry. Since 1992, ITIC has grown steadily and has nearly 2,300 members in over 100 countries.

Today ITIC is managed by ITIM Co Ltd, a subsidiary of Thomas Miller & Co Ltd. Continue reading “ITIC: Ten Golden Rules of Loss Prevention for Expert Witnesses”

The dangers of overplating

Surveyors take note - overplating does not constitute a repair on a steel hull
Surveyors take note – overplating does not constitute a repair on a steel hull

Feature article written by Alan Broomfield MIIMS, who tackles the thorny subject of overplating on steel hulled vessels, in particular Dutch barges and Narrowboats.

It is common practice when in the field surveying steel vessels to find mild steel plates welded to the hull, a practice regularly carried out on leisure vessels as a permanent repair. If any defects are found on the shell of a metal boat during a survey, surveyors are all too quick to recommend that the area concerned be overplated. Marine surveyors who deal with steel vessels will find that very often – Dutch barges and canal boats in particular – are frequently heavily overplated and should remember at all times that such overplating does NOT constitute a repair. It merely hides the defect.

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An introduction to synthetic rigging

Synthetic rigging will replace wire and marine surveyors need to understand this disruptive new technology
Synthetic rigging will replace wire and marine surveyors need to understand this disruptive new technology

Feature article written by Nick Parkyn

Synthetic rigging (also referred to as composite rigging) is disruptive technology that in time will replace stainless steel wire rigging. Since marine surveyors will increasingly come into contact with this type of rigging, they need to understand this new technology to enable them to carry out surveys on craft which use it.

Many new types of synthetic fibres have been discovered in recent years. Typically, they are initially used in aerospace applications and later become available for other application where high performance is required. Most of the high performance fibres are characterised by impressive tensile properties, which with the exception of carbon fibre significantly exceed their compressive strength. With yacht Continue reading “An introduction to synthetic rigging”

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