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The course textbook includes notes and summaries on the tank inspection standards referenced in the API 653 Body of Knowledge. This comprehensive 40 hour course consists of five 8-hour teaching days and by the end of the course, the participants will be able to:

  • Distinguish function of structural parts of and fittings to conventional storage tanks

  • Explain design and operational aspects of storage tanks

  • Set up inspection and maintenance programmes/schedules

  • Differentiate maintenance methods (condition/repair)

  • Define the maintenance scope

  • How to read Inspection Reports properly


Accomplishing a two-fold training agenda:

  • Train those individuals who are interested in obtaining the API 653 Tank Inspection Certification

  • Train those who require a working knowledge of the intricacies encountered in the working environment.

Course Overview


Anchor 1

Upon the successful completion of this course, each participant will be able to:­

  • Get prepared for the next API 653 exam and have enough knowledge and skills to pass such exam in order to get the API 653 certification

  • Perform the inspection, repair, alteration and reconstruction of steel aboveground storage tanks used in the petrochemical industry

  • Review API 653 body of knowledge, scope, reference publications , definitions, suitability for service and brittle fracture considerations

  • Discuss the several aspects involved in the inspection, materials, design considerations for reconstructed tanks, tank repair and alteration, dismantling and reconstruction, welding, examination and testing, marking and recordkeeping

  • Identify the scope and materials, and employ the design, fabrication, erection, and methods of inspecting joints, welding procedure as well as welder qualifications and marking

  • Explain selected nondestructive examination (NOE) methods, types of storage tanks, reasons for inspection, causes of deterioration, frequency of inspection and methods of inspection and inspection scheduling

  • Distinguish corrosion of aboveground steel storage tanks, determination of need for cathodic protection, methods of cathodic protection for corrosion control , design of cathodic protection systems , interference currents and carryout operation and maintenance of cathodic protection systems

  • Enumerate the various corrosion mechanisms, determination of the need for tank bottom lining, tank bottomlining selection, and surface preparation as well as demonstrate inspection and repair of tank bottom linings and safety

  • Illustrate and differentiate general damage mechanisms and refining industry damage mechanisms

  • Carryout welding inspection, welding processes, refinery and petrochemical plant welding issues, nondestructive test methods, WPS and PQR requirements

Key Highlights
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This course provides an overview of all significant aspects and considerations of tank in accordance with the international standards for those who are involved in the inspection, repair, alteration and reconstruction of tank and tank farms. This includes inspectors and inspection engineers who are seeking APl-653 certification. This includes personnel in-charge of oil movement, bulk storage, marine terminals, tank farms and oil depots. Other engineers, managers or technical staffs who are dealing with tanks and tank farms will also benefit from this course.

  • Inspection engineers

  • Storage tanks engineers

  • Asset integrity engineers

  • Tank farm design engineers

  • Project managers & engineers

  • Operations & maintenance managers

  • Material & corrosion engineers

  • Quality assurance personnel

  • Regulatory compliance officers & auditors

Designed For
Anchor 3
Course Leader
Anchor 4
Stephen Scott
API 653 Certied Tank Inspector

Steve Scott is an active member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, the Energy Institute, the Institute of Wastes Management and the Wales Innovators Network. He is qualified as an API (American Petroleum Institute) Certified Tank Inspector.

Steve provides training, trouble shooting and project management across a broad spectrum of storage tank management, engineering and operational disciplines, as well as total sludge management solutions. Has consulted various companies including BP South Africa, BP Galeota (Trinidad), Qatar Petroleum, Willacy Oil Services Limited and SEMFA International.

Steve was on the board of Progressive Technical Services and ultimately became Managing Director of this leading Oil and Petrochemical Industry Service Company, P.T.S., specialising in oil spill response, the cleaning of large diameter black oil storage tanks and the subsequent processing of the resultant hydrocarbon waste for oil recovery, recycling and waste minimisation.

Steve has recently completed Environmental Impact Assessments for 9 sites of MISR Petroleum in the Arab Republic of Egypt and undertaken tankage rehabilitation and oily sludge processing training programmes in the Gulf for ADCO (Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations) and ADMA-OPCO and in SE Asia for PETRONAS, as well as conducting a number of well attended public courses in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Jakarta, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Cape Town, Hong Kong and Johannesburg. Steve Scott presents technical seminars to international audiences on themes such as ‘Bulk Liquid Storage Tank Design and Management’, ‘Storage Tank Cleaning and Sludge Disposal’, ‘Classification, Storage, Transport of Hazardous Chemicals’, ‘Environmental Awareness’, ‘Waste Minimisation’, ‘Process Operations’ and other related subjects.


Anchor 5
Book & Pay Before 29/02/2016
Book & Pay Before 31/01/2018
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Four Points by Sheraton Riverview Hotel
382 Havelock Road, Singapore 169629 
Tel:    + 65 6732 9922


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