Ships’ Hatch Covers – Keeping Cargoes Dry

A new book by John Fairclough


Front Cover – click image to view larger PDF


Leakage of sea water through hatch covers has caused substantial damages to many valuable cargoes over decades. Often, the extent of physical wetting has been comparatively slight but claims have still been high.

The losses due to a part wetted cargo and associated costs can easily run into millions of dollars.

The good news is that wetting of cargo may normally be avoided by the adoption of routine measures costing a tiny fraction of potential losses.

John Fairclough has set out what can be done to keep cargoes dry.

The book has been independently reviewed by Captain Robert Gordon, LLB, LLM. His review may be found on the website of SeaProf, here.

Feebback from those who have purchased the book has been good, including:

I have had the opportunity to go through your book and I have been very impressed. I think it is a very informative guide to the operation and maintenance of this vital piece of ship’s equipment. Such in-depth knowledge is sadly lacking within the industry these days and I feel sure your wise words will be welcomed.
I’ve told our people to order a copy for each of our bulkers.

Well done!

Capt. P. Shields
Director of Operations
Zodiac Maritime


The soft-back book has about 100 pages with 155 colour photographs and 10 diagrams.

The scope and objectives of the book are described in Chapter 1, which may be found here.

The geometry of the seal is described in Chapter 6, which may be viewed here.

The contents pages may be found here, here

The book does not deal with any aspect of hatch cover hydraulic systems.

The price of the book is £40 plus post and packing.

JF Marine Limited donates 10% of the gross proceeds of book sales to The Mission to Seafarers. Details of their activities may be found on their website,

Please contact JF Marine Limited by email to place an order or if you have any query.

Books are normally sent to purchasers using Royal Mail UK 1st class or International Standard, or by courier.

JFM normally dispatches books within two working days.

Overseas customers are advised to make their own enquiries concerning possible import duties which may apply in their country. Many countries, however, have few restrictions on the imports of books.



Back cover – click image to view larger PDF