How do you prepare a vessel for inspection?

Prior to inspecting a vessel and its components it is important to obtain documentation from previous inspections and services. These documents will provide a necessary reference regarding repair locations, the condition of existing plugs and patches, as well as the identification of any other issues that were noted during the last examination. This data will help benchmark the condition of the equipment during the last inspection and identify the location of specific areas that need close analysis. The vessel must also be thoroughly cleaned and dried to remove any product that could endanger the personnel entering the vessel or inhibit the testing procedures and results. Once you have taken care of these steps and you have secured a certified technician, you are ready to have your equipment inspected!