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Marine Notice No. 37 of 2009 - Department of Transport

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    Marine Notice No. 37 of 2009

    Notice to all: Shipping companies, ship owners, ship operators, shipmasters, shore based maintenance providers, equipment manufacturers, recognised organisations and all parties concerned.

    This Marine Notice Supersedes Marine Notice No. 5 of 2007

    Amendments to Chapter III of SOLAS 1974

    Concerning

     Regulation 19 - Emergency Training and Drills

     Regulation 20 - Operational readiness, maintenance and inspections

     Regulation 32 - Personal life-saving appliances

    INTRODUCTION

    Marine Notice 5 of 2007 was issued in response to The Maritime Safety Committee of the IMO amendments to Chapter III of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974, which entered into force on 1 July 2006.

     stFurther amendments to SOLAS Chapter III entered into force on 1 January 2009 and Marine

    Notice 5 of 2007 is hereby withdrawn and replaced by this update.

    In addition, the Maritime Safety Committee approved Measures to Prevent Accidents with Lifeboats (MSC.1/Circ1206/Rev.1). The purpose of these guidelines is to establish a uniform, safe and documented performance of periodic servicing and maintenance of lifeboats, launching appliances and on-load release gear. Further information and recommendations on service providers for lifeboats, launching appliances and on-load release gear was approved by the Maritime Safety Committee in May of 2008 (MSC.1/Circ.1277)

    The purpose of this notice is to notify the industry of these amendments and to further clarify the maintenance and inspection requirements for launching appliances and on-load release gear which is contained in the MSC guidelines.

    Copies of the consolidated amendments and the parts of the guidelines relevant to this Marine Notice are attached at Annex 1 (SOLAS), Annex 2 (MSC.1/Circ.1206/Rev.1) and Annex 3 (MSC.1/Circ.1277) respectively. Full copies of the IMO circulars are available at www.imo.org

    In accordance with the MSC Guidelines the Marine Survey Office requires that the thorough examination, operational testing, repair, and overhaul of lifeboats, launching appliances and on-load release gear is carried out in accordance with SOLAS regulation III/20 by service providers authorized by them that are qualified in these operations for each make and type of equipment for which they provide the service.

    Service agents in Ireland are invited to apply to the Marine Survey Office for authorisation to carry out this work. Where examination and testing is carried out on Irish flag vessels by service providers situated in other countries, the Marine Survey Office may accept or recognize service providers authorized, checked or inspected by surveyors nominated for the purpose by recognised organizations or by other SOLAS Contracting Governments.

    The amendments mean that in addition to any onboard maintenance and checks the following is required:

A thorough examination of lifeboats, launching appliances and on-load release gears every

    year carried out by or in the presence of an authorised person.

    Every five years in addition to the yearly requirement - a dynamic brake test of the winch and an overhaul of on-load release gears and liferaft automatic release hooks carried out by authorised personnel. On load release gear for lifeboats includes those fitted to free fall lifeboats.

Regulation 19 - Emergency training and drills

    This amendment is self-explanatory and needs no further clarification.

Regulation 20 - Operational readiness, maintenance and inspections

    The majority of this amendment is self-explanatory.

    The amended paragraph 11 of SOLAS regulation III/20 applies to launching appliances as defined in Regulation 3. A Launching appliance or arrangement is a means of transferring a

    survival craft or rescue boat from its stowed position safely to the water. A survival craft is a

    craft capable of sustaining the lives of persons in distress from the time of abandoning ship. Therefore, when carrying out the „thorough examination‟ required by paragraph 11.1.2, on lifeboats, the guidelines of MSC/Circ.1206/Rev.1 are to be used. These supersede

     MSC/Circ.1093

    Bearing in mind the requirement of paragraph 3.1 of this regulation, it is strongly recommended that MSC/Circ.1206/Rev.1 also be used when developing ISM procedures for the periodic servicing and maintenance of lifesaving appliances

Regulation 32 - Personal life-saving appliances

    This amendment is self-explanatory and needs no further clarification.

Director General

    Maritime Safety Directorate

    Department of Transport

    Leeson Lane

    Dublin 2

    26/08/2009

    For any technical assistance in relation to this Marine Notice please contact The Marine Survey Office, Leeson Lane, Dublin 2., tel: +353 1 678 3400 For information in relation to technical specification/type approval of radio equipment contact the Radio Surveyors, tel: +353 1 678 2363/2364/2365/2367.

    For general enquiries please contact the Maritime Safety Division tel: +353-1-678 3418 Any enquiries concerning Marine Notices should be addressed to:

    Maritime Safety Directorate, Department of Transport, Leeson Lane, Dublin 2

    email: marinenotices@transport.ie or visit us at: www.transport.ie

    Annex 1

    Amendments to SOLAS Chapter III

Regulation 19 - Emergency training and drills

    The existing text of paragraph 3.3.3 and 3.3.4 are replaced by the following:

    3.3.3 Except as provided in paragraphs 3.3.4 and 3.3.5, each lifeboat shall be launched, and

    manoeuvred in the water by its assigned operating crew, at least once every three

    months during an abandon ship drill.

    3.3.4 In the case of a lifeboat arranged for free-fall launching, at least once every three

    months during an abandon ship drill the crew shall board the lifeboat, properly secure

    themselves in their seats and commence launch procedures up to but not including the

    actual release of the lifeboat (i.e., the release hook shall not be released). The lifeboat

    shall then either be free-fall launched with only the required operating crew on board,

    or lowered into the water by means of the secondary means of launching with or

    without the operating crew on board. In both cases the lifeboat shall thereafter be

    manoeuvred in the water by the operating crew. At intervals of not more than six

    months, the lifeboat shall either be launched by free-fall with only the operating crew

    on board, or simulated launching shall be carried out in accordance with the guidelines

    developed by the Organization.

Regulation 20 - Operational readiness, maintenance and inspections

The existing text of paragraph 1 is replaced by the following:

    1 This regulation applies to all ships. The requirements of paragraphs 3.2, 3.3, and 6.2

    shall be complied with, as far as practicable, on ships constructed before 1 July 1986.

The existing text of paragraph 3 is replaced by the following:

3 Maintenance

3.1 Maintenance, testing and inspections of life-saving appliances shall be carried out based *on the guidelines developed by the Organization and in a manner having due regard to

    ensuring reliability of such appliances.

    3.2 Instructions for on-board maintenance of life-saving appliances complying with

    regulation 36 shall be provided and maintenance shall be carried out accordingly.

    3.3 The Administration may accept, in compliance with the requirements of paragraph 3.2,

    a shipboard planned maintenance programme, which includes the requirements of

    regulation 36.

     * Refer to the Guidelines for periodic servicing and maintenance of lifeboats, launching appliances and on-load release gear (MSC/Circ.1093). It should be noted that this SOLAS reference has been superseded by

    MSC/Circ.1206/Rev.1

The existing text of paragraph 4 is replaced by the following: