This guide was prepared and published with the intention to alert the crews of the marine ships to the serious danger of a truly catastrophic loss that can be caused by the failed piping, the authors have tried to raise the awareness of redundancy in the design of the ship piping and of the difficulties that are usually involved in the inspections of the pipes.
It is quite clear that the prevention of the piping failure may only be achieved through the proactive approach of the crew members to the inspection, periodical maintenance and repair of the ship piping arrangements. Though the corrosion effect on a hull is widely known, not everyone knows and considers the piping corrosion. However, piping poses a hidden danger to the ship, people on board, and environment. The pipes convey various fluids or allow air to pass through and are treated as the means of the operations of many control systems, they are penetrating nearly every enclosed space on board the ship.
This guide provides the basic information on the ship piping and systems, pipe design, tips on maintenance and repair of the pipes, shows some causes of the pipe failures etc. Some typical mechanical joints and procedure for the pressure test of the piping is there in the appendices.