This paper presents structural reliability applications in design and maintenance planning for ships hull structures. For the assessment of structural strength, the model developed consists in an ultimate limit-state of hull-girder considering degradation by corrosion based in a statistical investigation of time-variant hull girder strength made by ABS (American Bureau of Shipping) on 2007. The time dependent reliability index obtained with the minimum elastic section modulus required by the rules of the classification society American Bureau of shipping (ABS), of two ship designs are compared against the results obtained from the target reliability index based design. The target reliability index assessment for corroded hulls is also showed. The monte-carlo simulation reliability method is used to calculate the time-dependent reliability of the primary hull structure.
Two approaches of fatigue and corrosion-enhanced fatigue time dependent reliability are developed. A long term stress range applied to a detail is fitted to a weibull distribution based in a known design life. A utilization factor is introduced in order to consider the fraction of time at sea. A risk-based inspection planning is discussed for commercial and naval vessels Both S-N curve and fracture mechanics based reliability methods are used and the results are compared. An example of reliability updating after a inspection result is showed.