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API 650 Definitions

API 650 Definitions

API 650 Definitions

The API 650 Twelfth Edition have some new definitions. One is regarding the inspector.
A representative of an organization who ensures compliance with this standard and is responsible for various quality
control and assurance functions as outlined in this standard

What kind of organization are they referring to? Are we talking about a Third Party?

RE: API 650 Definitions

The American Petroleum Institute (API) initiated an Aboveground Storage Tank Inspector Certification Program with the issuance of Supplement 1 to API 653, Tank Inspection, Repair, Alteration, and Reconstruction. This program promotes safe storage and material handling of petroleum products in a manner that protects employees, the public, and the environment. The program was developed with the participation of storage tank owner/users, and establishes a uniform national program that will assist state and local governments in aboveground storage tank regulations.


RE: API 650 Definitions

Elsewhere in the standard, it usually refers to "Purchaser's Inspector", but I don't see anywhere that an independent inspector is required, or that specific qualifications are given. Line 15 on the data sheet is to indicate the inspector(s) for the tank.

RE: API 650 Definitions

When they refer to "an organization", they are referring to the Purchaser? That doesn't makes sense.

RE: API 650 Definitions

I believe that the API is just calling out for a third party (tank inspectors certified by an independent firm) to do tank inspections.

RE: API 650 Definitions

The manufacturer has an obligation to "provide quality control and inspection necessary to ensure such compliance", but that would not normally be third-party inspection. Or more to the point, that can be by the tank crew that's building the tank.
The "Purchaser's Inspector" is assumed to inspect. That may or may not be a third-party inspector, depending on the purchaser.
I haven't searched exhaustively, but the only places I'm seeing an "Inspector" mentioned, it is always the owner's inspector.
See Section 1.3.1.
The definition may have been pulled from some other document. I think it's intentionally vague because there's not a specific requirement as to who that inspector is; that would normally be part of the contract requirements. See the tank data sheet where the owner can designate the inspector.

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