Dry Dock Periods

A docking survey should be carried out twice within a 5 year period. The intermediate survey must be completed within 3 years. One of the two docking surveys within the 5 year period should coincide with a special survey. A Docking Survey is considered to coincide with the Special Survey when held within the 15 months prior to the due date of the Special Survey

An in water survey may be accepted in lieu of the intermediate survey

For vessels operating in fresh water special consideration may be given.

In-water Surveys

An In-water Survey may be accepted in lieu of the intermediate docking between Special Surveys, an *IWS notation is assigned. This requires suitable underwater protection for the hull in part taking the form of high resistance paint. This survey is to provide information normally obtained from a docking survey.
The In-water Survey is to be carried out at agreed geographical locations under the surveillance of a Surveyor to LR, with the ship at a suitable draught in sheltered waters; the in-water visibility is to be good and the hull below the waterline is to be clean. The Surveyor is to be satisfied that the method of pictorial presentation is satisfactory. There is to be good two-way communication between the Surveyor and the appropriately qualified diver.

Should damage be found a dry dock may be required for better inspection

Dry Dock file

Preparation for dry dock begins after the ship sails from its previous one. A dry-dock list of new items is created with specification sheets describing individual jobs. These sheets are compiled into a dry dock file which some time before the due date of the docking is submitted to several dry docks for pricing.
The jobs are priced individually and as a whole. This allows the ship managers to streamline the jobs to provide maximum value for money.


The vessel must be prepared before entering the dry dock. Structural loading must be taken into account as the vessel is to be point supported on blocks. A docking plan of the ships which shows such things as drain plugs, sea boxes, underwater attachments etc is sent to the dry dock. Added to this are indications where hull repairs are required. This allows the drydock ship managers to place the blocks on which the vessel will sit.
The vessel must be trimmed so as to be equal draught with zero list. Special attention should be made when planning this for any tanks whose contents may be varied due to repair or housekeeping requirements.

In dock

The safety and fire fighting responsibilities of the vessel are handed over to the dry dock safety department for the duration of the dry and wet dock period. All hot work, tank entry or jobs requiring special safety measures carried out by ships crew must be first agreed with the dry dock safety department. A daily meeting is held to discuss forth coming jobs and any special requirements. This also allows the vessels staff and company representatives to monitor the progress of the dock.

Inspections & Measurements