The Erika accident, where a tanker broke up in a storm and caused a severe oil spill off France's west coast, has led to increased focus on aging tankers. DNV’s Condition Assessment Programme (CAP) is used to detect and correct substandard ships. The increased focus has resulted in oil companies introducing stricter procedures when chartering tonnage, requiring a CAP rating on ships older than 20 years.
CAP is an independent and thorough verification of the actual condition of the ship, based upon detailed inspection and function testing, thickness measurements and strength calculations. CAP defines an information standard that is required for repair proposals and predictions. The service is divided into three areas, where any one or all assessments can be carried out, i.e. hull, machinery and cargo handling equipment
CAP is not required by Class, but offered as a supplement. It is used to ensure that well maintained ships, though old, will be judged on their actual condition, therefore avoiding discrimination of good ships. The introduction of ‘Nauticus on Board’ has enabled DNV to offer improved services within the framework of CAP.
More information: DNV Eva Halvorsen