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IMO MSC 95 OVERVIEW

Jun. 16 2015

IMO MSC 95 OVERVIEW

Report on MSC 95

Introduction

The Committee on Maritime Safety had its ninety third session from 3 June to 12 June 2015, which took place in IMO headquarters in London and was attended by more than 900 persons. 

In his opening address, the Secretary-General specifically commented on passenger ship safety and maritime migrants.

This report provides an overview on main points and results of the agenda items discussed. 

Agenda

- Adoption of the agenda; report on credentials 

- Decisions of other IMO bodies 

- Consideration and adoption of amendments to mandatory instruments 

- Measures to enhance maritime security 

- Goal-based new ship construction standards 

- Passenger ship safety 

- Performance review and audit of LRIT Data Centres 

- Carriage of cargoes and containers (report of the first session of the Sub-Committee) 

- Human element, training and watchkeeping (report of the second session of the Sub-Committee) 

- Ship design and construction (report of the second session of the Sub-Committee) 

- Navigation, communications and search and rescue (report of the second session of the Sub-Committee)  

- Ship systems and equipment (urgent matters emanating from the second session of the Sub-Committee) 

- Capacity building for the implementation of new measures 

- Formal safety assessment, including general cargo ship safety 

- Piracy and armed robbery against ships 

 - Implementation of instruments and related matters 

 - Relations with other organizations 

 - Application of the Committee's Guidelines 

 - Work programme 

 - Election of Chairman and Vice-Chairman for 2016 

 - Any other business 

 - Consideration of the report of the Committee on its ninety-fifth session 

Adopted Resolutions and of the approved Circulars

List of adopted resolutions and list of approved circulars:

Consideration and adoption of Amendments to Mandatory Instruments (item 3)

IGF Code (WP7)

The Committee: 

1 agreed that the IGF Code should not apply to gas carriers in addition to the IGC Code, i.e.: "the IGF Code would not apply to: 

  :- gas carriers using their cargo as low-flashpoint fuel; or 

  :-gas carriers using low-flashpoint gaseous fuels other than their cargo, provided that the low-flashpoint fuel storage and distribution systems design and arrangements comply with the requirements of the lGC Code for gas as cargo. "

2 adopted amendments to SOLAS chapter II-1, in conjunction with amendments to SOLAS chapter II-2, to make the IGF Code mandatory (entry into force 01/01/2017);

3 adopted the International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code) (Resolution MSC.391(95)) (entry into force 01/01/2017);

In doing so, the Committee agreed to:

A new paragraph 4.2.2 to clarify that, for ships meeting all the prescriptive requirements for natural gas fuel (part A-1 of the draft IGF Code), the risk assessment need only be conducted where explicitly required in part A-1. 

Modifications to 6.4.9.5.2  to clarify the load assumptions for the structural design of anti-flotation chocks. 

To require fuel tank temperature monitoring from a safe location using three temperature measuring devices at each fuel tank to detect fuel stratification, 

and In the context of fuel stratification and rollover, to delete paragraph 6.7.3.1.1.3.

Modifications to paragraphs 5.3.3.2 and 5.3.4.5 to clarify the protective distances for fuel tanks fitted below the main deck  with regard to passenger ships, as proposed by MSC 95/3/16 (France and Spain).

Amendments to Mandatory Instruments (WP 6)

The Committee: 

1 adopted amendments to the 1974 SOLAS Convention (entry into force 01/01/2017): Regulation II-2/20 allowing for alternatives to the prescriptive ventilation rates in ro-ro spaces on the basis of an air quality control system, complying with MSC/Circ.1515, and Regulations II-2/4 & 11 to clarify the provisions relating to the secondary means of venting cargo tanks, noting that the proper and effective design, installation and operation of a secondary means of venting cargo tanks is critical to the safety of the vessel and those on board.  In general terms, the proposal will require new tankers to install full flow P/V-valves on each cargo tank in order to ensure adequate safety against over- and under-pressure in the event a cargo tank isolation valve is damaged or inadvertently closed.

2 adopted amendments to the 1978 SOLAS Protocol (entry into force 01/01/2017);

3 adopted amendments to the 1988 SOLAS Protocol (entry into force 01/01/2017);

4 adopted amendments to the IMSBC Code (entry into force 01/01/2017) for:

- updating references,

- improving requirements for cargoes which may liquefy,

- adding new schedules,

- including amendments related to HME substances (of a recommendatory nature), to include relevant data in the cargo information form of concerned cargo, as a consequence of Annex V  of MARPOL.

5 approved a corrigendum to the Amendments to the International Code on the Enhanced Programme of Inspections during Surveys of Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers, 2011 (2011 ESP Code) (resolution MSC.381(94)), with a view to incorporating the amendments in the authentic text of resolution MSC.381(94), replacing references to Classification Society by RO

6 adopted amendments to the 1978 STCW Convention (to take into account the new IGF Code) (entry into force 01/01/2017); 

7 adopted amendments to part A of the STCW Code (to take into account the new IGF Code) (entry into force 01/01/2017);

8 approved a STCW.6 circular on Amendments to part B of the STCW Code; 

9 approved a STCW.7 circular on Amendments to the Interim guidance on training for seafarers on ships using gases or other low-flashpoint fuels;

10 approved the Guidance on pressure testing of boundaries of cargo oil tanks under direction of the master (MSC.1/Circ.1502);

11 approved the Lists of solid bulk cargoes for which a fixed gas fire-extinguishing system may be exempted or for which a fixed gas fire-extinguishing system is ineffective (MSC.1/Circ.1395/Rev.2);

12 approved the Guidelines for the submission of information and completion of the format for the properties of cargoes not listed in the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code and their conditions of carriage(MSC.1/Circ.1453/Rev.1);

13 approved the Guidelines for developing and approving procedures for sampling, testing and controlling the moisture content for solid bulk cargoes which may liquefy(MSC.1/Circ.1454/Rev1);

14 approved the Unified interpretation of SOLAS regulation II-2/16.3.3 for products requiring oxygen-dependent inhibitors (MSC.1/Circ.1501);

15 approved the Unified interpretation of paragraph 15.13.5 of the IBC Code for products requiring oxygen-dependent inhibitors (MSC-MEPC.5/Circ.10);

Maritime Security (items 4 and 15) (WP 8)

The Committee:

. approved the MSC Circular on Best Management Practices for Protection against Somalia Based Piracy; 

. approved the revised MSC.1/Circ.1333 incorporating a provision on the establishment of a National point of contact for communication of information on piracy and armed robbery to the Organization; 

. approved the revised MSC.1/Circ.1406/Rev.2 which includes amendments related to certification of PMSC after publication of International Standard ISO 28007.

Goal-based new ship construction standards ( item 5)  (WP 9 )

The Committee: 

.approved the revised Generic guidelines for developing IMO goal-based standards and associated draft MSC circular, which will be disseminated as MSC.1/Circ.1394/Rev.1; 

.agreed on the new future work plan for SSE Sub-Committee on the development of functional requirements of SOLAS chapter III as follows:

.1 that the SSE Sub-Committee shall be instructed to develop the functional requirements for SOLAS chapter III, based on the Generic guidelines for developing IMO goal-based standards (MSC.1/Circ.1394/Rev.1), with two sessions needed for completing this task; 

.2 that SSE 3 report to MSC 96, as an urgent matter, on progress with regard to the development of functional requirements for SOLAS chapter III, together with the comments on the experiences gained on the implementation of MSC.1/Circ.1394/Rev.1, if any; and 

.3 that SSE 4 finalize functional requirements for SOLAS chapter III for submission to MSC 98 for approval. 

.noted the progress on the draft Interim guidelines for development and application of IMO goal-based standards safety-level approach and invited Member Governments and international organizations to submit concrete GBS-SLA examples on SOLAS chapter III and comments and proposals on the draft Interim guidelines to MSC 96. 

Passenger Ship Safety (item 6)

From SDC 2

The Committee:

.approved draft amendments to SOLAS regulation II-1/22 on watertight doors (Deletion of SOLAS regulation II-1/22.4, allowing certain watertight doors to remain open during navigation), as part of the package of amendments for the damaged stability of passenger ships, still under consideration by SDC; 

.approved the Guidance for watertight doors on passenger ships which may be opened during navigation, with MSC.1/Circ.1506; 

.approved draft amendments to SOLAS regulation II-2/13 on evacuation analysis; this requirement would also apply to passenger ships other than ro-ro passenger ships, carrying more than 36 passengers constructed on or after the date of entry into force of the amendments; 

Sprinkler and water mist systems (from SSE 2)

The Committee approved the MSC circular MSC.1/Circ. 1516 on Amendments to the Revised guidelines for the maintenance and inspection of fire protection systems and appliances (MSC.1/Circ.1432) (paragraph 15.10 and annex 10); 

And related draft amendments to chapter 8 of the FSS Code. 

action plan

The Committee once again encouraged interested Member Governments to submit to MSC 96 justifications for any unplanned outputs to be taken forward as detailed in table 1 of the updated action plan.

The Committee was informed on the results of the IMO conference on the enhancement of safety of ships carrying passengers on non-international voyages  that was held in Manila, the Philippines, on 24 April 2015. 

Ship Design and Construction (SDC) (item 10)

The Committee:

.adopted amendments to chapter 6 of part B of the 2008 IS Code, regarding ice accretion on cargo ships carrying timber deck cargoes;

.approved draft amendments to the introduction of the 2008 IS Code regarding vessels engaged in anchor-handling operations, with a view to subsequent adoption at MSC 96; 

.approved, in principle, draft amendments to part B of the 2008 IS Code regarding vessels engaged in anchor-handling operations, with a view to adoption in conjunction with the adoption of associated amendments to the introduction of the 2008 IS Code; 

.adopted amendments to the Guidelines for the application of plastic pipes on ships (resolution A.753(18)), as amended by resolution MSC.313(88);

.approved Unified interpretations of the Code on Noise Levels on board Ships (resolution MSC.337(91)), with MSC.1/Circ.1509;

.decided to reinstate the existing output on Guidelines for use of Fibre Reinforced Plastic (FRP) within ship structures in the agenda of SDC 3.

Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR) (Item 11)

The Committee:

.approved the MSC circular on Guidelines on Software Quality Assurance and Human Centred Design for e-navigation; 

.adopted the MSC resolution on Performance standards for multi-system shipborne radionavigation receivers.

Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE)  (item 12)

Periodic servicing and maintenance of lifeboats and rescue boats, launching appliances and release gear 

The Committee agreed that, based on the practical experience of application MSC.1/Circ.1206/Rev.1 and MSC.1/Circ.1277, the annual thorough examination should be carried out by the manufacturer or a service provider authorized  by the Administration, taking into account the understanding that a service provider may be an entity other than the manufacturer (e.g. ship operator complying with the relevant criteria). 

Consequently, the Committee instructed SSE 3 to: 

.1 review the draft MSC resolution set out in annex 1 to document MSC 93/3/4, taking into account MSC.1/Circ.1206/Rev.1 and MSC.1/Circ.1277 and that the annual thorough examination should be carried out by the manufacturer or a service provider authorized by the Administration, including the understanding that a service provider may be an entity other than the manufacturer (e.g. ship operator complying with the relevant criteria); 

.2 review the whole of SOLAS chapter III and MSC.1/Circ.1205, for the purpose of consistency with the draft MSC resolution; and 

.3 report to MSC 96 as an urgent matter. 

Onboard lifting appliances and winches

The Committee agreed that IMO the scope and application of the IMO guidelines for safety onboard lifting appliances and winches should cover design, fabrication and construction of new installations; onboard procedures for routine inspection, maintenance and operation of lifting appliances and winches; and familiarization of ship's crew and shore based personnel.

The Committee agreed that a goal- and function based SOLAS regulation should be developed to require that onboard lifting appliances and winches be designed, constructed and installed either "in accordance with codes or standards acceptable to the Organization" or "to the satisfaction of the Administration"; and maintained in accordance with guidelines for safety onboard lifting appliances and winches to be developed by the Organization. 

Work Programme (item 19)

Some New items added:

Revised SOLAS regulation II-1/3-8 and associated guidelines (MSC.1/Circ.1175) and new guidelines for safe mooring operations for all ships 

comprehensive revision of the  1995 STCW-F Convention 

Revised guidelines for preparing plans for cooperation between search and rescue services and passenger ships (MSC.1/Circ.1079) 

6 new items for Implementing e-navigation to enhance the safety of navigation and protection of the marine environment 

A60 windows in way of LSAs for passenger ships carrying less than 36 passengers

Mandatory instrument and/or provisions addressing safety standards for the carriage of more than 12 industrial personnel on board vessels engaged on international voyages 

Next sessions

MSC 96 is scheduled from 11 to 20 May 2016 and MSC 97 for November 2016.

Working Groups for MSC 96 

Foreseen:

industrial personnel

Passenger ship safety

Goal based standards

unsafe migration

maritime security (cyber security)

DG on amendments to mandatory instruments

Correspondence groups established at MSC 95 for reporting at MSC 96

Maritime Security