Ship Lay-Up Guide, 1st Edition 2019

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ISBN 9781856098052
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This new publication is a comprehensive guide to best practice when placing a ship into lay-up and is an essential aid for ship owners/managers considering ship lay-up.

Fully illustrated, with numerous real-world examples, this guide explains why a ship is placed into lay-up and the types of lay-up, as well as providing the reader with information on appraisal, planning, procedures at the lay-up site and reactivation. The publication also contains a chapter detailing lay-up locations across the world.

The Ship Lay-up Guide is supplemented by a 100 page Record of Lay-Up, a practical workbook covering all stages of lay-up, including:

  • planning and preparation 
  • passage to the lay-up location
  • arrival checklists
  • during lay-up (including periodic maintenance and lay-up records)






Section 1 Introduction

1 Introduction

1.1 Why Ships are Placed into Lay-up

1.2 Overview of the Types of Lay-up

1.3 Examples of Damage Incurred on Ships that have been Incorrectly Laid Up


Section 2 Lay-up Appraisal

2 Lay-up Appraisal

2.1 Initial Appraisal of a Lay-up Site

2.2 Established Lay-up Locations

2.3 Environmental Protection at the Lay-up Site

2.4 Lay-up Service Provider Appraisal

2.5 Lay-up Options

2.6 Risk Management of a Proposed Lay-up

2.7 Assignment of Lay-up Costs

2.8 Special Considerations

2.9 Summary of Lay-up Conditions

2.10 Notifications to be Made Before Placing a Ship in Lay-up


Section 3 Planning and Arrangements for the Lay-up

3 Planning and Arrangements for the Lay-up

3.1 Lay-up Plan

3.2 Office Preparations for Lay-up

3.3 Preparations by the Lay-up Service Provider

3.4 Lay-up Contract

3.5 Pre-arrival Checklist for the Ship Owner/Manager


Section 4 Preparations During the Passage to the Lay-up Location

4 Preparations During the Passage to the Lay-up Location

4.1 Shipboard Preparations for Entering Lay-up – General

4.2 Shipboard Preparations for Entering Lay-up – Master

4.3 Shipboard Preparations for Entering Lay-up – Chief Engineer

4.4 Shipboard Preparations for Entering Lay-up – Chief Officer

4.5 Shipboard Preparations for Entering Lay-up – 2nd Engineer

4.6 Shipboard Preparations for Entering Lay-up – Main Engines and Machinery

4.7 Shipboard Preparations for Entering Lay-up – Disposal Items


Section 5 Arrival at the Lay-up Site

5 Arrival at the Lay-up Site


Part A – Procedure and Moorings

5.1 Lay-up Process

5.2 Additional Considerations for Specific Ship Types

5.3 Independent Confirmation of Critical Items

5.4 Additional Considerations for Long Term Cold Lay-up

5.5 Ships Laid Up Using Two Anchors

5.6 Magnetic Twist Monitoring

5.7 Double Banking

5.8 Double Banked Alongside

5.9 Mooring Using Ships’ Anchors and High Hold Bollards Ashore


Part B – Checklists on Arrival at the Lay-up Site

5.10 Lay-up Preparation Checklist – Engine Room

5.11 Lay-up Preparation Checklist – Deck and Accommodation


Part C – Document Handover Checklist


Section 6 During Lay-up

6 During Lay-up

6.1 Roles and Responsibilities of Watchmen Onboard a Laid Up Ship

6.2 Provision of Portable Generators Onboard a Laid Up Ship

6.3 Provision of Additional Anodes Onboard a Laid Up Ship

6.4 Bilge Monitoring and Alarm Management

6.5 During Lay-up – Regular Daily Checks

6.6 Monitoring of Laid Up Ships using IT

6.7 Condition Status for Long Term Cold Lay-up

6.8 Periodic Maintenance during Long Term Cold Lay-up

6.9 Lay-up Record

6.10 Enclosed Spaces during Lay-up

6.11 Condensation/Dehumidification

6.12 Fuels Remaining On Board

6.13 Underwater Blanks and Plugs for Long Term Lay-up

6.14 Blanks and Plugs Fitted to Hull Penetrations Below the Waterline

6.15 Pest Control

6.16 Stern Tube Lubricating Oil Samples

6.17 Assurance Visits by Superintendents during Lay-up


Section 7 Reactivation

7 Reactivation

7.1 Summary of the Reactivation Process

7.2 Hull Insurance Reactivation Warranty


7.3 Underwater Inspections and Cleaning

7.4 Supervision and Oversight during Reactivation

7.5 The Assessment and Mitigation of Risks during Reactivation

7.6 Preparation for Departure

7.7 Reactivation Process


Section 8 Details of Lay-up Locations


8 Details of Lay-up Locations

8.1 Alesund, Norway

8.2 Bergen, Norway

8.3 Haugesund (Karmsund), Norway

8.4 Stavanger, Norway

8.5 Loch Striven, Scotland, UK

8.6 Falmouth (The River Fal), Cornwall, England, UK

8.7 Eleusis (Elefsis) and Piraeus, Greece

8.8 Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

8.9 Walvis Bay, Namibia

8.10 Cape Town, South Africa

8.11 Karimun, Indonesia

8.12 Batam, Indonesia

8.13 Labuan, Malaysia

8.14 Malalag Bay, Philippines

8.15 Bunawan Bay within Davao Gulf, Philippines

8.16 Pujada Bay Mayo Bay, Philippines


Appendix 1 BIMCO – LAYUPMAN (Standard Contract for the Laying up of Vessels)


Ref. 1 DNV Guidelines No. 22 on Ship Lay-up (March 2012) Superseded by Class Guideline DNVGL-CG-0290 (February 2016) Ref. 2 Lloyds Register ‘Lay-up Guide’ (November 2008)


This Guide is intended to provide general best practice, for ship owners/managers, on placing a ship into lay-up. It is not intended to be a lay-up plan as this should be developed by the ship owner/manager for each specific ship, taking into consideration the recommendations and requirements of all interested parties.

Where a ship is anchored or berthed alongside awaiting orders, with manning levels in compliance with the safe manning document and with all engines and machinery available for use, it is not regarded as being laid up and the ship’s status with Class, P&I or hull and machinery insurance is unchanged.


Title: Ship Lay-up Guide
Edition: First
Number of Pages: 302
Product Code: IT101161
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-85609-805-2 (9781856098052), ISBN 10: 1-85609-805-2 (1856098052)
Published Date: February 2019
Binding Format: Hardback
Book Height: 303 mm
Book Width: 216 mm
Book Spine: 27 mm
Weight: 1.35 kg


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