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A Quick Guide to API 653 Certified Storage Tank Inspector Syllabus: Example Questions and Worked Answers

Clifford Matthews
Clifford Matthews
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Strictly, the API 653 BOK and examination are about the in-service life of storage tanks, i.e. that period after construction when relevant approvals and certification requirements have been completed. This is the same philosophy as the other two major ICPs: API 510 (vessels) and API 570 (pipework). The practical situation is a bit different. Whereas API 653 provides good coverage of inspection, repair, alteration and reconstruction (its title) it only contains a limited amount of technical data on shell and nozzle design. This is often needed for alteration and (particularly) reconstruction; hence there is a need for the BOK to fall back on the new tank construction code: API 650.

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