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    Notice 5 of 2007 is hereby withdrawn and replaced by this update.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

4. Maintenance of falls

     ; with special regard for Falls used in launching appliances shall be inspected periodically

    areas passing through sheaves, and renewed when necessary due to deterioration of the falls or at intervals of not more than 5 years, whichever is the earlier.

The existing text of paragraph 6 is replaced by the following:

6 Weekly inspection

    The following tests and inspections shall be carried out weekly and a report of the inspection shall be entered in the log-book:

    1. all survival craft, rescue boats and launching appliances shall be visually inspected to

    ensure that they are ready for use. The inspection shall include, but is not limited to,

    the condition of hooks, their attachment to the lifeboat and the on-load release gear

    being properly and completely reset;

    2. all engines in lifeboats and rescue boats shall be run for a total period of not less than

    3 min, provided the ambient temperature is above the minimum temperature required

    for starting and running the engine. During this period of time, it should be

    demonstrated that the gear box and gear box train are engaging satisfactorily. If the

    special characteristics of an outboard motor fitted to a rescue boat would not allow it

    to be run other than with its propeller submerged for a period of 3 min, a suitable

    water supply may be provided. In special cases, the Administration may waive this

    requirement for ships constructed before 1 July 1986;

    3. lifeboats, except free-fall lifeboats, on cargo ships shall be moved from their stowed

    position, without any persons on board, to the extent necessary to demonstrate

    satisfactory operation of launching appliances, if weather and sea conditions so allow;

    and

4. the general emergency alarm shall be tested.

    In paragraph 7, the existing text is numbered as paragraph 7.2 and the following new paragraph 7.1 is added:

    7.1 All lifeboats, except free-fall lifeboats, shall be turned out from their stowed position,

    without any persons on board if weather and sea conditions so allow.

     ; Refer to the Measures to prevent accidents with lifeboats (MSC.1/Circ.1206/Rev.1)

The heading of paragraph 8 is replaced by the following:

    8 Servicing of inflatable liferafts, inflatable lifejackets, marine evacuation systems and maintenance and repair of inflated rescue boats.

The existing text of paragraph 11 is replaced by the following:

    11 Periodic servicing of launching appliances and on-load release gear

    11.1 Launching appliances shall be:

    1. maintained in accordance with instructions for on-board maintenance as required

    by regulation 36;

    2. subject to a thorough examination at the annual surveys required by regulations

    I/7 or I/8, as applicable; and

    3. upon completion of the examination referred to in .2 subjected to a dynamic test

    of the winch brake at maximum lowering speed. The load to be applied shall be

    the mass of the survival craft or rescue boat without persons on board, except that,

    at intervals not exceeding five years, the test shall be carried out with a proof load

    equal to 1.1 times the weight of the survival craft or rescue boat and its full

    complement of persons and equipment.

    11.2 Lifeboat or rescue boat on-load release gear, including free-fall lifeboat release systems,

    shall be:

    1. Maintained in accordance with instructions for on-board maintenance as required

    by regulation 36;

    2. Subject to a thorough examination and operational test during the annual surveys

    required by regulations I/7 and I/8 by properly trained personnel familiar with the

    system; and

    3. Operationally tested under a load of 1.1 times the total mass of the lifeboat when

    loaded with its full complement of persons and equipment whenever the release gear

    is overhauled. Such over-hauling and test shall be carried out at least once every five * years.

     * Refer to the Recommendation on testing of life-saving appliances, adopted by the Organization by resolution A.689(17). For life-saving appliances installed on board on or after 1 July 1999, refer to the Revised Recommendations on testing of life-saving appliances, adopted by the Organization by resolution MSC.81(70).

11.3 Davit-launched liferaft automatic release hooks shall be:

    1. Maintained in accordance with instructions for on-board maintenance as required

    by regulation 36;

    2. Subject to a thorough examination and operational test during the annual surveys

    required by regulations I/7 and I/8 by properly trained personnel familiar with the

    system; and

    3. Operationally tested under a load of 1.1 times the total mass of the liferaft when

    loaded with its full complement of persons and equipment whenever the

    automatic release hook is overhauled. Such over-hauling and test shall be carried * out at least once every five years.

Regulation 32 - Personal life-saving appliances

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

3 Immersion suits

    3.1 This paragraph applies to all cargo ships. However, with respect to cargo ships

    constructed before 1 July 2006, paragraphs 3.2 to 3.5 shall be complied with not later

    than the first safety equipment survey on or after 1 July 2006.

    3.2 An immersion suit of an appropriate size, complying with the requirements of section

    2.3 of the Code shall be provided for every person on board the ship. However, for ships

    other than bulk carriers, as defined in regulation IX/1, these immersion suits need not be **required if the ship is constantly engaged on voyages in warm climates where, in the

    opinion of the Administration, immersion suits are unnecessary.

    3.3 If a ship has any watch or work stations which are located remotely from the place or

    places where immersion suits are normally stowed, including remotely located survival

    craft carried in accordance with regulation 31.1.4, additional immersion suits shall be

    provided at these locations for the number of persons normally on watch or working at

    those locations at any time.

    3.4 Immersion suits shall be so placed as to be readily accessible and their position shall be

    plainly indicated.

    3.5 The immersion suits required by this regulation may be used to comply with the

    requirements of regulation 7.3.

     * Refer to the Recommendation on testing of life-saving appliances, adopted by the Organization by resolution A.689(17). For life-saving appliances installed on board on or after 1 July 1999, refer to the Revised Recommendations on testing of life-saving appliances, adopted by the Organization by resolution MSC.81(70).

     ** Refer to the Guidelines for assessment of thermal protection (MSC/Circ.1046).

    Annex 2

     (MSC.1/Circ.1206/Rev.1 - extract)

GUIDELINES FOR PERIODIC SERVICING AND MAINTENANCE OF LIFEBOATS,

    LAUNCHING APPLIANCES AND ON-LOAD RELEASE GEAR

General

    1 The objective 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.

     These Guidelines relate to the application of the ISM Code to periodic servicing and 2

    maintenance of lifeboat arrangements and should therefore be reflected in procedures

    developed for a ship under that Code.

    3 The general principle in these Guidelines may also be used for the periodic servicing

    and maintenance of liferafts, rescue boats and fast rescue boats and their launching

    appliances and release gear.

    4 Detailed guidance regarding some procedures covered by these Guidelines is provided

    in Appendix A.

SOLAS regulations

5 The Guidelines relate to the requirements contained in:

    1. SOLAS regulation III/20 - Operational readiness, maintenance and inspections;

    and

    2. SOLAS regulation III/36 - Instructions for on-board maintenance.

Responsibility

     *6 The company is responsible for servicing and maintenance onboard its ships in

    accordance with SOLAS regulation III/20 and for the establishment and implementation

    of health, safety and environment (HSE) procedures covering all activities during

    servicing and maintenance.

    7 The personnel carrying out servicing and maintenance are responsible for the

    performance of the work as authorized in accordance with the system specified in

    paragraph 10.

    8 The above personnel are also responsible for complying with HSE instructions and

    procedures.

     * For the purpose of these Guidelines, “company” is as defined in SOLAS regulation IX/1.2.

    9 Service providers carrying out the thorough examination, operational testing, repair and

    overhaul of lifeboats, launching appliances and on-load release gear should be

    authorised in accordance with MSC.1/Circ.1277.

Authorization

     Where these Guidelines require certification of servicing personnel, such certification 10

    should be issued in accordance with an established system for training and authorization

    in accordance with MSC.1/Circ.1277.

Qualification levels

    11 Weekly and monthly inspections, and routine maintenance as specified in the equipment

    maintenance manual(s) should be conducted under the direct supervision of a senior

    ship‟s officer in accordance with the maintenance manual(s).

    12 All other inspections, servicing and repair should be conducted by the manufacturer‟s

    representative or a person appropriately trained and certified for the work to be done in

    accordance with MSC.1/Circ.1277.

Reports and records

     All reports and checklists should be correctly filled out and signed by the person who 13

    carries out the inspection and maintenance work and should also be signed by the

    company‟s representative or ship‟s master.

    14 Records of inspections, servicing, repairs and maintenance should be updated and filed

    onboard the ship.

    15 When repairs, thorough servicing and annual servicing are completed, a statement

    confirming that the lifeboat arrangements remain fit for purpose should be issued by the

    service provider who performed the work.

    Appendix A

    SPECIFIC PROCEDURES FOR MAINTENANCE AND SERVICING

    1 GENERAL

    1.1 Any inspection, servicing and repair should be carried out according to the maintenance

    manuals and associated technical documentation developed by the manufacturer or an

    alternative body authorised in accordance with MSC.1/Circ.1277.

    1.2 A full set of maintenance manuals and associated technical documentation as specified in 1.1

    should be available on board for use in all operations involved in the inspection, maintenance,

    adjustment and re-setting of the lifeboat and associated equipment, such as davits and release

    gear.

    1.3 The maintenance manuals and associated technical documentation as specified in 1.1 should

    include the following items as a minimum and should be periodically reviewed and updated

    as necessary.

    2 THOROUGH EXAMINATION

    2.1 As items listed in checklists for the weekly/monthly inspections also form the first part of the

    annual thorough examination, when carrying out this examination the inspection of these

    items should be performed by the ship‟s crew in the presence of the manufacturer‟s

    representative or other person appropriately trained and certified by the manufacturer for the

    work to be done in accordance with MSC.1/Circ.1277.

    2.2 Inspection and maintenance records of inspections and routine maintenance carried out by the

    ship‟s crew and the applicable certificates for the launching appliances and equipment should

    be available.

    Lifeboat

    2.3 The following items should be examined and checked for satisfactory condition and operation:

    1. Condition of lifeboat structure including fixed and loose equipment;

    2. Engine and propulsion system;

    3. Sprinkler system, where fitted;

    4. Air supply system, where fitted;

    5. Manoeuvring system;

    6. Power supply system; and

    7. Bailing system.

Release gear

    2.5 The following should be examined for satisfactory condition and operation after the annual winch brake test with the empty boat , as required by 3.1:

    1. Operation of devices for activation of release gear;

    2. Excessive free play (tolerances);

    3. Hydrostatic interlock system, where fitted;

    4. Cables for control and release; and

    5. Hook fastening.

    Notes:

    1 The setting and maintenance of release gear are critical operations with regard to

    maintaining the safe operation of the lifeboat and the safety of personnel in the lifeboat.

    All inspection and maintenance operations on this equipment should therefore be

    carried out with the utmost care.

    2 No maintenance or adjustment of the release gear should be undertaken while the hooks

    are under load.

    3 Hanging-off pennants may be used for this purpose but should not remain connected at

    other times, such as when the lifeboat is normally stowed and during training exercises. 4 The release gear is to be examined prior to its operational test. The release gear is to be

    re-examined after its operational test and the dynamic winch brake test. Special

    consideration should be given to ensure that no damage has occurred during the winch

    brake test, especially the hook fastening.

    2.6 Operational test of on-load release function:

    1. Position the lifeboat partially into the water such that the mass of the boat is

    substantially supported by the falls and the hydrostatic interlock system, where fitted, is

    not triggered;

    2. operate the on-load release mechanism; and

    3. reset the on-load release mechanism; and

    4 examine the release gear and hook fastening to ensure that the hook is completely reset

    and no damage has occurred.

    2.7 Operational test of off-load release function:

    1. position the lifeboat fully waterborne;

    2. operate the off-load release gear;

    3. reset the on-load release gear; and

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