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Hatch Cover Tape and Bulk Cargoes

July 29th, 2014 · No Comments

The following post was one that I wrote for Maritime Community back in early December, 2009. Being as much of an issue today as it was back then.

Shipping bulk cargo wintertime in north Atlantic means that your cargo most likely will be exposed to severe weather conditions while crossing the open sea. What can you do in order to have maximum protection for your cargo? Sometimes a charter requirement to the ship is demanding the use of hatch cover tape. The reason for this is that the joint between the various sections in the outside hatch cover is where most of the leaks occur. This is considered being the weak point of the hatch. Most hatch covers on ships are folding type. It simply means that there are multiple sections in a hatch cover and when it opens it simply folds like a paper so the storing space required while open is minimum. The storing space for the open cover is usually in between the various hatch openings. While a hatch cover is open you can easy see the condition and also the type of joint it has between the each section. Usually they are overlapping and the bottom section comes with a fairly heavy-duty rubber gasket that receives the overlapping part of the other section. Additional to the weight of each hatch cover section there is also a mechanical securing. All sides and top has a mechanism called hatch cover cleats, that helps pulling it all together and securing it properly. Hatch cover tape has been around for many years and will most likely continue to be in demand for this particular use for many years to come. It is a very cheap insurance for your cargo and relative easy to install. Most ship crews are familiar with the application. Choosing the right type of tape for a particular application can sometimes be a problem. It is very important that the right hatch cover tape is chosen for your application. The side of the hatch should have a different tape from the one used on top. Sufficient use of heat when installing the tape makes for very good adhesion. For some tips on installation go to THIS article. Some additional tips can also be available by contacting the editor. Most of the major supply centers have this type of product available usually on relative short notice.

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Changing of Colours

October 23rd, 2013 · No Comments

With the change of colours in the fall here along the Saint Lawrence River comes the cruise ships for their season ending trip up to Montreal. There are always a couple of them going up river for the popular fall cruise. Crystal Symphony is in Montreal for a day doing exactly that and I’m sure there will be more to come.

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Hatch Cover Tape And Marine Tape.

July 31st, 2013 · No Comments

Hatch Cover Tape, some reason to use Marine Tape.
Marine tape as it is also called is a product used mostly on bulk carriers. The hatch covers on these ships can sometimes be in bad shape, mostly due to poor rubber seals in the joints. It can also be damaged hatch coaming that simply prevents the rubber gasket from properly sealing the joint. It can also be other reasons like metal stress and shear force that are causing problems with the hatch covers. Large bulk carriers have been known to load a cargo and having difficulty closing the hatch covers afterwards.
So bottom line is that hatch cover tape might not only be used for the reason of leaking hatch cover but also as a preventative measure and insurance to keep the cargo inside in a dry and original condition as when it was loaded. In most cases, a very cheap insurance in comparison to the cargo it protects. So who pays for this expense of using hatch cover tape? It can be that the hatch cover tape is a requirement in the charter party and paid for by the charterer. It can also be that ship owner does not want anything to tarnish their reputation and this simple solution is a cheap way of adding great value to that whole process.
Telling your customer that you go the extra mile to make sure that the cargo is protected and transported in the best possible way and will arrive at the receiver in mint condition. After all it is not only the condition of the ship but also forces of nature during the voyage that can affect the condition of the cargo when it arrives at destination.

A point to always keep in mind, hatch cover tape can also fail. For that we have a previous article written about installation of hatch cover tape.
To end this little article here are two popular brands in North America.

Ram Nek Hatch Cover Tape.

Can Seal Hatch Cover Tape.

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