Certified Hull Integrity Management Professional (CHIMP)

The Hull Integrity Management System (HIMS) outlines the general and critical areas for inspection activities and provides a standard-compliant method for performing inspections of Hull structures.

This training will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to comprehend the various types of ship construction defects and damage. Defects and damage to ship structures can be difficult to detect, and it is not always obvious whether a repair is required. This course will instruct you on the same inspection techniques used by surveyors worldwide. Using real-world examples and case studies, participants will learn to identify and understand the origins of various types of harm and defects.

Certification Program Objectives: 

  • Learn the fundamentals of ship hull construction.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of how to properly evaluate a hull inspection.
  • Recognize the classification and legal hull structural integrity requirements
  • Recognize the necessities for class upkeep
  • Recognize the process of fatigue defect
  • Be able to identify specific categories of defects and damage, as well as their causes, by utilizing time-tested techniques to inspect structures for damage and defects.
  • Consider the significance of thickness measurements
  • Estimate coatings deterioration and anode depletion
  • Learn the distinctions between the numerous types of shipbuilding steel
  • Be able to confidently describe maintenance methods
  • For the purpose of preventing recurrences, it is necessary to be familiar with a variety of repair solutions for specific defects and damage.

Certifying Examination:

  • To be certified as CHIMP, student should take up a 1.5 hours exam at the designated examination centers.
  • The qualifying exam would consist of 50 multiple choice questions, testing core certification modules.
  • Professionals with relevant experience and other qualifying criteria may be exempted from the examination.

Materials Provided:

  • Presentation slides
  • Study references


Upon successful completion of the CHIMP training, participants will receive a “Certified Layer of Protection Analysis Professional” certificate.

Who Should Attend:

  • Inspectors of hull structures, including superintendents, masters, first officers, chief engineers, ship officers, technical directors/managers of maritime businesses, consultants, shipyard employees, and independent surveyors.

Course Outline:

  • Hull Integrity Management System Fundamentals
  • Hull structural arrangements of Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers
  • Hull strength and failure mode
  • Coating and coating failure
  • Thickness measurement and interpretation of UT gauging
  • Estimation of steel renewal
  • Planning and preparation for hull surveys of Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers
  • Case Study of hull inspection & repairs