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New API 653 Appendix-G

Friday, September 12, 2003   By: Big Kahunna
If you havent gotten the latest edition of 653 a new Appendix-G is now incorporated. I have seen 653 go from using UT as a method to determine the next inspection interval to MFE. As an inspector and now a owner/operator I have some concerns about some of the issues raised by this. Dont get me wrong, I believe the increased standards will make the inspections better. But I also think it is a way, and I see the hand of some in the inspection industry, to tighten things to squeeze some of the smaller inspection companies out. Nothing wrong with that as business is business. And I have seen guys hired that their training on MFL was "...watch the red line and when it gets this high, mark it on the floor and we will prove up behind you." Anyway This is for other owner/operators. How are you going to verify the inspecton contractor or personnel are complying with the training and procedure qualifications required by this appendix Are the contractors going to be required to comply with this or are you going to give them 6 months. For the Inspection Contracotrs. How are you going to comply with this appendix and what verification will the O/O's have the training. As for the 70 sq ft plate for Qualification testing G.5.1- G 5.3.5. Is the inspection agency going to have one test plate or several so the MFL operators don't memorize where the defects are or let their buddies know where to look for them. There are other changes to the standard with this publication, but lets go through them one at a time.

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