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 Design and Construction (SDC 4) that will meet from 13 to 17 February 2017.

IACS has submitted, or co-sponsored, six papers to this meeting on the following issues:

  • SDC 4/9 - draft amendments to SOLAS to require passenger ships constructed before 2014 to be provided with computerized stability support, either onboard or from ashore, in the event of the ship suffering damage (SDC 4/4)
  • a proposal for the methodology to be used in preparing a consolidated and updated version of the Guidelines on the enhanced programme of inspections during surveys of bulk carriers and oil tankers (ESP Guidelines). This paper is co-sponsored by IACS and the IMO Secretariat
  • SDC 4/10 - as a follow-up to the invitation extended by SDC 3, a proposal to provide an effective solution regarding consistency between the ESP Code and MSC/Circ.686
  • SDC 4/10/1 - a proposal to draft a stand-alone MSC circular with respect to IACS Unified Interpretations (UIs) on requirements relating to the drainage of enclosed spaces situated on the bulkhead deck (IACS UI SC81) and special requirements for vehicle ferries, ro-ro ships and other ships of similar types (IACS UI SC220). This IMO circular would complement the Explanatory Notes to the SOLAS Chapter II-1 subdivision and damage stability regulations that the Sub-Committee will be considering
  • SDC 4/10/2 - a proposal to extend an existing IMO-agreed unified interpretation regarding the lateral offset of ladders required by the ‘means of access’ requirements in SOLAS regulation II-13-6; to ballast tanks, cargo tanks and spaces other than forepeak tanks and the vertical structures of oil tankers
  • SDC 4/10/3 - a draft unified interpretation on the determination of the deadweight of a ship for inclusions on a ship’s certificates and the application of deadweight-dependent regulations, again as a follow-up to an invitation extended by SDC 3

IACS will also provide advice and comments to the Sub-Committee, both in plenary and the Working and Drafting Groups that it is expected will be established, on a number of other issues. In particular, IACS will contribute to the discussions on:

  • development of second generation intact stability criteria
  • issues relating to the damage stability and subdivision requirements in SOLAS
  • development of a new SOLAS chapter and associated Code addressing safety standards for the carriage of more than 12 industrial personnel on board vessels engaged on international voyages
  • the revision of SOLAS regulation II-1/3-8 and associated guidelines (MSC.1/Circ.1175) and new guidelines for safe mooring operations for all ships
  • development of Guidelines for use of Fibre Reinforced Plastic (FRP) within ship structures

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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