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IMO SSE 3 OVERVIEW AND SUMMARY REPORT

03.28.16

Convention : HSC Code, MODU Code, SOLAS CH II-1 Machinery, Electricity, Stability, SOLAS CH II-2 Fire, SOLAS CH III Life-Saving Appliances, SOLAS CH X High-speed Crafts

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Report on SSE 3

Introduction 

The Sub-Committee (SC) on Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE) had its third session from 14 to 18 March 2016, in IMO headquarters in London. 
This report provides an overview on agenda items discussed. 

Agenda items of SSE 3 
 

 

1

 

Adoption of the agenda

 

2

 

Decisions of other IMO bodies

 

3

 

Safety objectives and functional requirements of the Guidelines on alternative design and arrangements for SOLAS chapters II-1 and III

 

4

 

Making the provisions of MSC.1/Circ.1206/Rev.1 mandatory

 

5

 

Review the MODU Code, LSA Code and MSC.1/Circ.1206/Rev.1

 

6

 

Development of life safety performance criteria for alternative design and arrangements for fire safety (MSC/Circ.1002)

 

7

 

Clarification of the requirements in SOLAS chapter II-2 for fire integrity of windows on passenger ships carrying not more than 36 passengers and special purpose ships with more than 60 (but no more than 240) persons on board

 

8

 

Measures for onboard lifting appliances and winches

 

9

 

Amendments to the Guidelines for vessels with dynamic positioning (DP) systems (MSC/Circ.645)

 

10

 

Revision of requirements for escape route signs and equipment location markings in SOLAS and related instruments

 

11

 

Revised SOLAS regulations II-1/13 and II-1/13-1 and other related regulations for new ships

 

12

 

Unified interpretation of provisions of IMO safety, security, and environment related conventions

 

13

 

Biennial agenda and provisional agenda for SSE 4

 

14

 

Election of Chairman and Vice-Chairman for 2017

 

15

 

Any other business

 

16

 

Report to the Maritime Safety Committee

 

LIFE SAVING APPLIANCES 

SAFETY OBJECTIVES AND FUNCTIONAL REQUIREMENTS OF THE GUIDELINES ON ALTERNATIVE DESIGN AND ARRANGEMENTS FOR SOLAS CHAPTERS II-1 AND III 
MAKING THE PROVISIONS OF MSC.1/CIRC.1206/REV.1 MANDATORY 
REVIEW THE MODU CODE, LSA CODE AND MSC.1/CIRC.1206/REV.1 
(Agenda items 3, 4, and 5, WP.3) 

The Sub-Committee: 

  • further progressed on matters related to the draft functional requirements for SOLAS chapter III; 
  • agreed to draft amendments to SOLAS regulations III/3 and III/20, on operational readiness, maintenance and inspections, to make the provisions of MSC.1/Circ.1206/Rev.1 mandatory; 
  • agreed to the draft MSC resolution on Requirements for maintenance, thorough examination, operational testing, overhaul and repair of lifeboats and rescue boats, launching appliances and release gear, for submission to MSC 96 for adoption, in conjunction with the a.m. associated SOLAS amendments; 
  • in that respect the SC endorsed its WG views, as reflected in the draft resolution, that: 

4.1 Weekly and monthly inspections and routine maintenance as specified in the equipment maintenance manual(s), shall be conducted by authorized service providers, or by shipboard personnel under the direction of a senior ship's officer in accordance with the maintenance manual(s). 
4.2 Annual thorough examinations and operational tests, as described in section 6.2, shall be conducted by certified personnel of either the equipment manufacturer or an authorized service provider in accordance with section 7 and section 8. The service provider may be the ship operator provided that it is authorized in accordance with section 3 and section 7. 
4.3 Five-year thorough examination, any overhaul, overload operational tests2, as described in section 6.3, and repair shall be conducted by certified personnel of either the equipment manufacturer or an authorized service provider in accordance with section 7 and section 8. 

  • agreed to draft amendments to the 2009 MODU Code on LSA requirements, where the standard mass of the lifeboat occupant should be 95kg (still in square brackets). 


FIRE PROTECTION 

REVIEW THE MODU CODE, LSA CODE AND MSC.1/CIRC.1206/REV.1 
DEVELOPMENT OF LIFE SAFETY PERFORMANCE CRITERIA FOR ALTERNATIVE DESIGN AND ARRANGEMENTS FOR FIRE SAFETY 
CLARIFICATION OF THE REQUIREMENTS IN SOLAS CHAPTER II-2 FOR FIRE INTEGRITY OF WINDOWS ON PASSENGER SHIPS CARRYING NOT MORE THAN 36 PASSENGERS AND SPECIAL PURPOSE SHIPS WITH MORE THAN 60 (BUT NO MORE THAN 240) PERSONS ON BOARD 
UNIFIED INTERPRETATION OF PROVISIONS OF IMO SAFETY, SECURITY, AND ENVIRONMENT RELATED CONVENTIONS 
(Agenda items 5 to 7 and 12, WP4) 

The Sub-Committee: 

  • agreed to draft amendments to the Guidelines on alternative design and arrangements for fire safety (MSC/Circ.1002)which add an appendix on Guidelines for the selection of life safety performance criteria. 
  • agreed in principle to the draft amendments to chapters 1, 6, 9 and 14 of the 2009 MODU Code, which, inter alia, introduce H60 class fire boundaries. 
  • agreed to draft amendments to SOLAS regulation II-2/9.4.1.3, i.e. For ships carrying not more than 36 passengers, windows facing survival craft and escape slide, embarkation areas and windows situated below such areas shall have fire integrity at least equal to "A-0" class (apply to new ships only); 
  • agreed to a draft Unified interpretation of chapter 8 of the FSS Code and the Revised guidelines for approval of sprinkler systems equivalent to that referred to in SOLAS regulation II-2/12(resolution A.800(19)), as amended by resolution MSC.265(84), which confirms the existing nominal method of pump sizing for calculating the sprinkler systems capacities. 


MEASURES FOR ONBOARD LIFTING APPLIANCES AND WINCHES 
(agenda item 8, WP.5) 

The Sub-Committee progressed on the development of draft goals for the safety of onboard lifting appliances and winches. 

REVISION OF REQUIREMENTS FOR ESCAPE ROUTE SIGNS AND EQUIPMENT LOCATION MARKINGS IN SOLAS AND RELATED INSTRUMENTS 
(agenda item 10, WP.7) 

The Sub-Committee agreed to a draft MSC circular on Shipboard escape route signs and emergency equipment location markings, recommending the use of ISO standard 24409 series, pending the incorporation the symbols of the ISO standard 24409 series in a revision of resolution A.760(18). 

UNIFIED INTERPRETATION OF PROVISIONS OF IMO SAFETY, SECURITY AND ENVIRONMENT RELATED CONVENTIONS 
Consideration of IACS unified interpretations 
(agenda item 11, WP.6) 

the Sub-Committee agreed that no fire rating is required for bulkheads between the wheelhouse and a toilet that is installed completely within the wheelhouse. 
the Sub-Committee agreed that only "pure car and truck carriers" should comply with SOLAS regulation II-2/20-1. 
the Sub-Committee was of the opinion that a navigation locker that can only be accessed from the wheelhouse should not be considered as part of the control station with respect to the requirements in tables 9.3, 9.5 and 9.7 of SOLAS regulation II-2/9 and the division separating the wheelhouse and such a locker should have a "B-0" fire rating. 
the Sub-Committee, having endorsed the text of the draft unified interpretation of SOLAS regulations II-2/5 and II-2/7 (revision of UI SC 148 on control of fan coil units), agreed to the draft MSC circular on Unified interpretations of SOLAS chapter II-2. 
the Sub-Committee endorsed that SOLAS regulation II-2/9.2.4 should apply to all the individual spaces within the cargo area of tankers. 
The Sub-Committee agreed to the revision of the UI SC213 on the Arrangements for remotely located liferafts. 
The Sub-Committee agreed to the UI SC272 on Inert gas supply for double-hull spaces of tankers. 
The Sub-Committee agreed to the UI SC79 on Sources of ignition on board ships carrying dangerous goods. 
The Sub-Committee agreed to the UI SC275 on suitable number of spare cylinders for fire-fighter equipment. 

AMENDMENTS TO THE 1994 AND 2000 HSC CODES 
(Agenda item 15, WP.6) 

The Sub-Committee: 

  • agreed to draft amendments to the 1994 and 2000 HSC Codes, that confirms that high-speed craft of less than 30 m (2000 HSC Code) and 20 m (1994 HSC Code) in length may be exempted from carrying a rescue boat; 
  • recommended to develop a draft MSC circular urging early implementation of these amendments to the 1994 and 2000 HSC Codes. 



WORK PROGRAMME 
(item 13) (WP 2) 

PROPOSED WORKING ARRANGEMENTS FOR SSE 4 (tentatively scheduled to take place from 20 to 24 March 2017) 

The Sub-Committee will be invited to agree to establish at its third session working and/or drafting groups on subjects to be selected from the following list, whereby the Chairman, taking into account the submissions received on the respective subjects, would advise the Sub-Committee well in time before SSE 3 on the final selection of such groups: 

  • 1 life-saving appliances (LSA) 
  • 2 review the MODU Code, LSA Code and MSC.1/Circ.1206/Rev.1 
  • 3 onboard lifting appliances and winches 
  • 4 dynamic positioning (DP) systems 
  • 5 fire protection 


CORRESPONDENCE GROUPS ESTABLISHED AT SSE 3 reporting at SSE 4 

  • 1 life-saving appliances (LSA) 
  • 2 onboard lifting appliances and winches 
  • 3 dynamic positioning (DP) systems 
  • 4 anti-crushing protection to watertight doors