In demonstrating its ongoing commitment to support the work of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), IACS will attend the next meeting of the IMO’s Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE 5) that will meet from 12 to 16 March 2018. As usual, it is expected that, in its role as the IMO’s principal technical advisor, IACS will significantly contribute to the discussions at SSE 5; with a view to informing and facilitating the decisions that will be taken by the Member States.

In particular, IACS has submitted 7 papers to this meeting on the following issues:

  • the control of the fixed water-based fire-fighting systems from outside the protected space, in the context of open and closed ro-ro spaces and special category spaces, as addressed in MSC.1/Circ.1430 (SSE 5/7/3)
  • draft SOLAS amendments and associated guidelines on onboard lifting appliances and anchor handling winches (SSE 5/10/3)
  • maintenance, thorough examination, operational testing, overhaul and repair of lifeboats, rescue boats and fast rescue boats, launching appliances and releasing gear, as clarified in the latest version of IACS UI SC144 (SSE 5/12)
  • clarification of the term “forward of” in chapter 15 of the FSS Code in relation to inert gas systems (SSE 5/12/2)
  • a draft unified interpretation on fire detection and alarms for boilers in periodically unattended machinery spaces, as required by SOLAS regulation II-1/47.1 (SSE 5/12/3)
  • a draft unified interpretation regarding the onboard discharge test of the dry chemical powder fire-extinguishing system on ships carrying liquefied gases, as required by paragraph 11.4.8 of the IGC Code (SSE 5/12/4)
  • the application of the provisions relating to the design temperature for piping, fittings and related components of water-spray systems on ships carrying liquefied gases, as required by Chapter 11 of the IGC Code (SSE 5/12/8)

IACS will also provide advice and comments to the Sub-Committee on almost all of the other issues that will be considered at SSE 5. In particular, IACS will contribute to the discussions on:

  • Safety objectives and functional requirements of the Guidelines on alternative design and arrangements for SOLAS chapters II-1 and III
  • Development of new requirements for ventilation of survival crafts
  • Uniform implementation of paragraph of the LSA Code (rescue boat launching arrangements on cargo ships)
  • Consequential work related to the new Code for ships operating in polar waters (especially standards for life-saving and firefighting equipment on such ships)
  • Review SOLAS chapter II-2 and associated codes to minimize the incidence and consequences of fires on ro-ro spaces and special category spaces of new and existing ro-ro passenger ships
  • Amendments to the FSS Code for CO2 pipelines in under-deck passageways
  • Amendments to MSC.1/Circ.1315 (fixed dry chemical powder fire-extinguishing systems on ships carrying liquefied gases)
  • Revised SOLAS regulations II-1/13 and II-1/13-1 and other related regulations for new ships (anti-crushing protection for watertight doors)
  • Development of guidelines for cold ironing of ships and of amendments to SOLAS chapters II-1 and II-2, if necessary

Any enquiries on the above should be sent to Paul Sadler, IACS Accredited Representative to IMO, at permsec@iacs.org.uk

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