Reduce the risk of spills and leaks from above ground storage tanks
What is API 653?
American Petroleum Institute (API) Standard 653 “Tank Inspection, Repair, Alteration, and Reconstruction” provides minimum requirements for the integrity of steel tanks, and identifies considerations regarding inspection, repair, alteration, relocation, and reconstruction. The scope of the standard is limited to the tank foundation, and the bottom, shell, structure and roof of the tank, as well as tank attachments, such as nozzles.
Section 6 of API-653 covers the inspection requirements for in-service tanks. The performance of mandated tank inspections under the standard is limited to those professionals who have been certified by the API, consistent with the technical requirements of the standard. However, tank owner/operators seeking to develop or verify their tank integrity maintenance programs will benefit from a basic understanding of API-653’s inspection requirements.
API-653 also mandates that all inspection work be conducted in a manner that assures the safety and health of inspection personnel and prevents workplace property damage. Section 1.4 of API-653 requires the development of safety procedures consistent with API 2009, API 2015, API 2016 and API 2217A. In addition, special safety procedures may need to be developed for certain activities, and all safety procedures must comply with the provisions of any federal or state safety regulations dealing with other relevant factors, including requirements dealing with confined spaces.
What are the benefits of API 653 compliance?
Leaks and spills from above ground storage tanks can have a number of significant impacts on tank operators, including the disruption of normal operations, costly repairs and clean-ups, and the imposition of mandatory environmental remediation efforts. A comprehensive API 653 tank inspection program can help to ensure uninterrupted operations and greatly reduce the likelihood of unexpected tank problems.
Why use TÜV SÜD America for your API 653 tank inspections?
TÜV SÜD America provides comprehensive above ground storage tank inspection services that meet API-653 requirements, using API-653 certified inspectors that are experienced in all types of storage tanks. TÜV SÜD inspectors are also qualified to assist in the development of safety procedures consistent with API requirements. Finally, in addition to our tank inspection capabilities, TÜV SÜD provides a comprehensive suite of traditional and advanced nondestructive testing services, and pioneered the use of long-range guided ultrasonic testing techniques in the chemical, oil and gas industries.
Your benefits at a glance
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