5.0 ASHORE INSPECTION AND REFURBISHMENT OF BUOYS
5.1.1 SCOPE. Ashore inspection and refurbishment of buoys will include visual
inspections, repairs, tests, and replacement of damaged components. There are
t w o types of buoy inspections: preliminary and detailed. The purpose of a
preliminary inspection is to determine whether the buoy is in a condition for a
further, more detailed inspection and subsequent refurbishment or whether it
lf the results of the preliminary inspection
should be disposed of at this stage.
indicate that refurbishment will be cost-effective, then a detailed inspection will be
conducted. The buoy must be cleaned, completely inspected, and tested for airtight
integrity to determine all repair requirements. The buoy can also be sandblasted to
near white metal and, if required, a liquid dye penetrant or magnetic particle test
must be conducted.
5,1.2 PREPARATION FOR ASHORE INSPECTIONS. Prepare the buoy(s) for ashore
inspection as follows:
Clean off buoy with high-pressure water during recovery.
When brought ashore, place the buoy on chocks (railroad ties, cinder
blocks, etc.) to keep the tension bar clear of the ground. For ease of
working, the peg-top type buoy should be placed inverted on chocks.
Remove the top and bottom jewelry, fenders, chafing strips, and
manhole covers. Mark manhole cover positions before removal for later
replacement in the same location.
Remove shackle and joining Iinks from the buoy, as necessary.