The 100th session of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 100) was held at the headquarters of the IMO in London from 3 to 7 December 2018. A summary of the outcome is given hereunder for your information.
Please note that this summary has been made based on informal information obtained from participants from ClassNK and Working Papers distributed during MSC 100 with priority given to disseminating the information as early as practicable.
1. Adopted mandatory requirements
Mandatory requirements adopted at MSC 100 were as follows:
Amendments to SPS Code
Amendments to SPS Code (Code of Safety for Special Purpose Ships) were adopted in order to comprehensively consolidate the related resolution and amendments (MSC/Circ.739, MSC.183(79), MSC.439(99)) into one resolution.
Applied to: on or after 1 January 2020.
2. Approved mandatory requirements
The following draft amendments were approved at this session, and are expected to be adopted at MSC 101 held in June 2019.
(1) Amendments to IBC Code
Amendments to IBC Code Chapter 17, 18, 19, 21, etc. were approved following a comprehensive review of carriage requirements for products subject to the IBC Code.
(2) Amendments to IGF Code
Amendments to regulations on alternative fuel tank locations, loading limit for liquefied gas fuel tanks, fuel piping, internal combustion engines of piston type and fire protection in IGF Code, were approved.
(3) Amendments to LSA Code
Amendments to LSA Code 18.104.22.168 were approved, in order to accept launch of a rescue boat with manual hoisting from the stowed position and turning out to the embarkation position by one person instead of stored mechanical power on cargo ships equipped with the rescue boat which is not one of the ship's survival craft, having a mass not more than 700 kg in fully equipped condition.
Amendments to LSA Code 22.214.171.124 that the requirement of buoyant oars and related equipment is not applicable for lifeboats equipped with two independent propulsion systems, were approved. In addition, an unified interpretation was approved as a tentative measure, as mentioned in below item 3.(2).
(4) Amendments to FSS Code
Amendments to FSS Code Chapter 15, replacing the wording “ forward of ” with “downstream of”to avoid misunderstanding on design of inert gas system, were approved. In addition, amendments to MSC.1/Circ.1582 were issued as a tentative measure, as mentioned in below item 3.(1).
(5) Amendments to Forms C, E and P in the appendix to SOLAS certificates Amendments to item 8.1 "Details of navigational systems and equipment - Rudder, propeller, thrust, pitch and operational mode indicator" in Forms C, E and P in the appendix to SOLAS certificates were approved, in order to uniform the indication in case the equipment is not on board.
3. Approved unified interpretations (UIs) and guidelines
The following unified interpretations (UIs) and guidelines were approved during MSC 100.
(1) Amendments to Unified Interpretation on FSS Code Chapter 15 (MSC.1/Circ.1582) In conjunction with amendments to FSS Code which is mentioned in above item 2.(4), amendments to the interpretation on the relevant provisions were approved for the purpose that the amendments to the Code are practically effective.
(2) Unified interpretation on LSA Code 126.96.36.199
In conjunction with amendments to LSA Code which is mentioned in above item 2.(3), amendments to the interpretation on the relevant provisions were approved for the purpose that the amendments to the Code are practically effective.
(3) Amendments to MSC.1/Circ.1430
Amendments to the revised guidelines for the design and approval of fixed water-based fire-fighting systems for ro-ro spaces and special category spaces were approved, in order to specify location of control of deluge (simultaneous watering) systems and revise design criteria for sprinklers and nozzles.
(4) Interim Guidelines on the application of high manganese austenitic steel for cryogenic service
Interim Guidelines on how to utilize high manganese austenitic steel in the design and fabrication of cargo and fuel tanks for liquefied natural gas (LNG) were approved to provide material specification, testing requirements and etc.
4. GBS (Goal-based Standards)
GBS, as stipulated in SOLAS II-1/3-10, is applied to oil tankers and bulk carriers of more than 150m in length contracted for construction on or after 1 July 2016. Design and construction of these ships shall comply with rules deemed as compliant with GBS. Further, GBS requires maintenance of verification to the rules as conforming to the goals and functional requirements of GBS based on the GBS Verification Guidelines (MSC.296(87)).
At this session, report of the GBS maintenance of verification audit on the rules of each IACS member and related corrective action plans of IACS were considered. Subsequently, it was confirmed that the rules maintain to be complied with GBS.
In addition, consideration on amendments to the Guidelines was made for finalization. In conclusion, the amendments to the Guidelines including how to address application for verification audit with diverting third party’s rules, were adopted.
5. Consideration of requirements for Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS)
Taking into account recent investigation of automation surrounding a ship, it has been discussed at MSC on conventional requirements of safety and environmental protection relating to MASS.
At this session, based on the report from the Correspondence Group on MASS, the framework and methodology for Regulatory Scoping Exercise (RSE) were revisited. Following the discussion, it was decided that first step (identification of provisions in IMO instruments) of the RSE will be carried out by assigned IMO member States in a convention or chapter basis, with a view to report to the intersessional meeting to be held in September 2019. Besides, development of interim guidelines for MASS trials was initiated.
6. Consideration of safety matters on use of low sulphur fuel
Triggered from the global 0.5% sulphur limit, which will enter into force on 1 January 2020, the consideration of safety matters on use of low sulphur fuel was initiated, in order to develop SOLAS requirements in addition to requirements of MARPOL.
In conclusion, the necessity of developing safety requirements was agreed, and the deliberation on the safety matters by various approaches including revision of existing regulations will be conducted at future session, taking account of MARPOL requirements.
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