Hatch covers are considered a major cause of shipboard accidents causing serious injuries to the crew members and dock personnel as well as to the cargoes transported by the vessel. In some cases when the operational/maintenance procedures are not duly followed this may even lead to the loss of ships. These dangers have been highlighted by the several fatal accidents involving hatch covers deservedly treated as hazardous equipment.
Since the modern hatch covers are very complex and sophisticated, many of them have been covered within this training. Note that the training set consists of this video and associated booklet. All of the associated peripheral items including rubber packing and bearing pads, compression bars and hatch cover cleats have been illustrated and clearly explained; the authors of this training video have emphasized how these items contribute to the overall tightness of the hatch cover assembly and preserve cargo from ingress of water.
The content of the video features detailed professional analysis of the typical problems together with the recommendations for the routine inspections of the hatch covers and corrective actions where necessary. This training set will definitely help in increasing awareness of the crew members and provide them all with the required knowledge.