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IMO SSE 2 OVERVIEW AND SUMMARY REPORT

Apr. 2 2015

IMO SSE 2 OVERVIEW AND SUMMARY REPORT

Report on SSE 2

Introduction

The Sub-Committee (SC) on Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE) had its second session from 23 to 27 March 2015, in IMO headquarters in London. 

This report provides an overview on agenda items discussed.

Agenda items of SSE 1

 1 Adoption of the agenda 

 2 Decisions of other IMO bodies

3  Smoke control and ventilation  

4 amendments to SOLAS regulation II-2/20 and associated guidance on air quality management for ventilation of closed vehicle spaces, closed ro-ro and special category  spaces  

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

6  New framework of requirements for life-saving appliances 

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

8  Measures for onboard lifting appliances and winches 

9  Considerations related to the double sheathed low-pressure fuel pipes for fuel injection systems in engines on crude oil tankers 

10  Amendments to the requirements for foam-type fire-extinguishers in SOLAS regulation II-2/10.5  

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

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

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

14 Review of flashpoint requirements for oil fuel in SOLAS chapter II-2  

15 Revision of requirements for automatic sprinkler systems  

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

17 Biennial agenda and provisional agenda for SSE 3 

18 Election of Chairman and Vice-Chairman for 2016  

19 Any other business 

20 Report to the Maritime Safety Committee

FIRE PROTECTION

SMOKE CONTROL AND VENTILATION 

AMENDMENTS TO SOLAS REGULATION II-2/20 AND ASSOCIATED GUIDANCE ON AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT FOR VENTILATION OF CLOSED VEHICLE SPACES, CLOSED RO-RO AND SPECIAL CATEGORY SPACES 

DEVELOPMENT OF LIFE SAFETY PERFORMANCE CRITERIA FOR ALTERNATIVE DESIGN AND ARRANGEMENTS FOR FIRE SAFETY (MSC/CIRC.1002) 

REVISION OF REQUIREMENTS FOR AUTOMATIC SPRINKLER SYSTEMS ANY OTHER BUSINESS 

(3, 4, 5, 15 & 19) (WP 4)

The Sub-Committee: 

- Agreed to a draft Performance standard, functional requirements and system requirements for the assessment of smoke management systems.

- Agreed to revised design guidelines and operational recommendations for ventilation systems in ro-ro cargo spaces (replaces MSC/Circ.729) and endorsed that this circular should be referred to in the approved draft amendments to SOLAS regulation II-2/20.3.1.2.4.

- Agreed to draft amendments to the Revised guidelines for the maintenance and inspection of fire protection systems and appliances (MSC.1/Circ.1432), to include new and improved provisions for water quality testing for automatic sprinkler systems and new flow charts for the testing and replacement of sprinkler heads and water mist nozzles.  

- Agreed to draft amendments to chapter 8 of the FSS Code, referring to the importance of water quality for the good service of sprinkler systems.

- Agreed to a draft new chapter 17 of the FSS Code (helicopter facility foam firefighting appliances).

- Agreed to draft amendments to SOLAS regulation II-2/18 to refer to the revised ch17 of the FSS Code for helidecks of new ships.

- Agreed to draft amendments to chapter 9 of the 2009 MODU Code to refer to the revised ch17 of the FSS Code for helidecks.

- Agreed to draft amendments to the Recommendation on helicopter landing areas on ro-ro passenger ships (MSC/Circ.895), in conjunction with the adoption of the new chapter 17 of the FSS Code.

- Agreed to the text of the draft chapter 8 of the OSV Chemical Code for referral to PPR 3.

LIFE SAVING APPLIANCES

NEW FRAMEWORK OF REQUIREMENTS FOR LIFE-SAVING APPLIANCES ANY OTHER BUSINESS (6 & 19) (WP 3)

The Sub-Committee: 

- Noted that generic guidelines on GBS (MSC.1/Circ.1394) and the MSC circular on Approval of alternative design and equivalence (MSC.1/Circ.1455) should apply to Chapter III and that the job should not to be duplicated.

- Agreed to seek MSC 95 consideration on the future of this specific item.

- Considered (but left the decision to MSC) draft amendments to SOLAS regulations III/3 and III/20 (Operational readiness, maintenance and inspections), including:

the replacement of the term "periodical servicing" by "maintenance, thorough examination, operational testing, overhaul and repair", in the draft amendments to SOLAS regulations III/3 and III/20 and in the associated draft MSC resolution on Requirements, 

the removal of a phrase in SOLAS regulation III/20.11.5 that exempted weekly and monthly inspections from the application of the Requirements.

- Considered (but left the decision to MSC) a draft MSC resolution on Requirements for maintenance, thorough examination, operational testing, overhaul and repair of lifeboats and rescue boats, launching appliances and release gear (the hard point being around the proposal to allow "certified personnel" to carry out annual examinations and five-year operational tests). 

MEASURES FOR ONBOARD LIFTING APPLIANCES AND WINCHES (8) (WP 5)

The Sub-Committee noted: 

- That onboard lifting appliances be provisionally defined as "any stationary or mobile load-handling appliances used on board ships for suspending, raising or lowering loads, or moving loads from one position to another, while suspended". 

- That the scope of the potential guidelines may be further refined, particularly with regard to the term "load", during the development of the potential guidelines.

- That provisionally, lifting appliances dedicated for a particular purpose and already covered by IMO instruments, such as accommodation ladders, pilot ladders and any lifting appliances covered by the LSA Code should be excluded from the scope of potential guidelines. Personnel/passenger elevators (lifts), non-powered load-handling appliances, detachable hoists, sludge winches could also be excluded.

- That, based on the analysis of available data, the potential guidelines should include provisions for lifting appliances and winches used in cargo handling operations, including pedestal cranes and hatch cover gantry cranes, and lifting appliances and winches utilizing wire rope.

- That based on accident investigations that had led to the adoption of national requirements, the potential guidelines could include provisions for stores cranes and engine-room cranes.

- That the potential guidelines should apply to all SOLAS ships, and exclude vessels certified under the MODU Code. 

- That fishing vessels may need to be addressed in future.

- That the potential guidelines should address routine inspection, maintenance, training and design and construction.

- That ILO should be kept informed of the progress on the development of potential guidelines and should be consulted, particularly if the issue of training of shore-based staff arises.

- That provisions in the potential guidelines addressing inspection, maintenance and training could be applicable to new and existing equipment on new and existing ships, whereas provisions addressing design, fabrication and construction could apply only to newly installed equipment on new and existing ships.

UNIFIED INTERPRETATION OF PROVISIONS OF IMO SAFETY, SECURITY AND ENVIRONMENT RELATED CONVENTIONS 

Consideration of IACS unified interpretations (11) (WP 6)

The Sub-Committee agreed to the draft unified interpretations on:

- SOLAS Reg. II-2/4 on Application of materials other than steel on engine, turbine and gearbox installations.

- SOLAS Reg. II-2/4.5.7.3.1 on Arrangements for fixed hydrocarbon gas detection systems in double-hull and double-bottom spaces of oil tankers (based on UI SC268). 

- SOLAS Reg. II-2/9.7.1.1 on Non-combustible material as "steel or equivalent" for ventilation ducts (based on UI SC264). 

- SOLAS Reg. II-2/10.2.2.4.1.2 and II-2/10.7.3.2.3 and paragraph 2.2.1.1 of Ch. 12 of the FSS Code on Fire pumps in ships designed to carry five or more tiers of containers on or above the weather deck (based on UI SC270). 

- SOLAS Regulations III/6.4 and III/6.5 and section 7.2 of the LSA Code on General Emergency Alarm and Public Address System. 

- Chapters 5, 6 and 9 of the FSS Code on "quantity of gas" for the largest cargo space in Fixed gas fire-extinguishing systems, on "largest protected space" for a machinery space of category A protected by a fixed high-expansion foam fire-extinguishing system (based on UI SC262) and on Additional indicating unit in the cargo control room for fixed fire detection and alarm systems (based on UI SC271).

- Paragraph 4.4.7.6 of the LSA Code, as amended by resolution MSC.320(89), on Lifeboat release and retrieval systems (based on UI SC267).

The SC confirmed that the IACS UI 117 on addressable detection systems need be revised since amendments to the FSS Code require faults to be identified at each detector.

MISCELLANEOUS

- The Sub-Committee agreed that no further action needed to be taken on Considerations related to the double sheathed low-pressure fuel pipes for fuel injection systems in engines on crude oil tankers (item 9).

- The Sub-Committee agreed that the output on flash point of fuels (between 52°Ca nd 60°C) was within the scope of the IGF Code (item 14).

- The Sub-Committee agreed to the draft amendments to SOLAS regulations II-2/1 and II-2/10, to dispense with the 135 l foam-extinguisher in machinery spaces of category A containing only oil fired boilers protected by a fixed local water based fire-fighting system (item 10).

WORK PROGRAMME

(item 17) (WP 2) 

PROPOSED WORKING ARRANGEMENTS FOR SSE 3 (tentatively scheduled to take place from 14 to 18 March 2016)

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 fire protection 

.3 review the MODU Code, LSA Code and MSC.1/Circ.1206/Rev.1 (LSA WG)

.4 onboard lifting appliances and winches 

.5 dynamic positioning (DP) systems

CORRESPONDENCE GROUPS ESTABLISHED AT SSE 2 reporting at SSE 3

.1 fire protection

.2 onboard lifting appliances and winches 

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

.4 dynamic positioning (DP) systems

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