The US Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) in New Orleans has recently issued a warning to vessels concerning compliance with 33 CFR 156.170, which requires each transfer pipe system on board a vessel to be tested under static liquid pressure at least 1.5 times the maximum allowable working pressure annually. During Port State Control (PSC) examinations, the COTP has noted that approximately 30% of vessels are not in compliance. In most cases, the PSC Officers found that the vessels had tested the systems with air rather than with liquid which makes the test null and void. In addition, several vessels were not able to provide written records of the date and result of the most recent test and inspection of bunker lines/transfer systems as required by 33 CFR 155.820.
The Coast Guard has not yet begun to issue fines or penalties for non-compliance. However, vessels do run the risk of having their bunkering operations stopped until the proper tests are conducted.
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HP-25/35 Pneumatic Hydrostatic Test Pump
The HP-25/35 model is a pneumatic driven hydrostatic test pump with a pressure range of 350 to 3500 PSI, with a flow rate of 2.5 GPM. Lightweight at 50 pounds and portable this unit is ideal for testing in small confined spaces and remote locations. Designed for testing oil, gas, water and steam lines; such as onboard ships, oil rigs and refineries. This unit has the ability to start/stop while under pressure, and is capable of handling various fuels, oils and chemicals.
- Needing only 100 PSI of standard shop air, for maximum operation
- Outlet – 3/8″ high pressure 8 foot hose, with quick connect couplers
- 100 mesh stainless strainer, protecting pump from debris
- Stainless Steel liquid-filled 0-4000 PSI gauge, ensures accurate readings
- Rugged roll cage construction, protects pump from damage
- 1 Year Warranty from Manufacturers defect
Weight: 50 Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 20 Shipping: 55 pounds
Wheel and Handle kit option available for increased mobility, can be added to your unit at any time.