In demonstrating its ongoing commitment to supporting the work of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and within its remit as the Organization’s principal technical advisor; IACS will actively participate in the forthcoming 102nd session of the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 102), which will meet remotely from 4 to 11 November 2020.
Noting the work IACS Members undertake in verifying compliance with the implementation of IMO agreed requirements on behalf of the IMO Member States (in their capacities as Recognized Organizations), and to provide greater clarity for all industry stakeholders, IACS has submitted, or co-sponsored, papers on the following issues to MSC 102:
- MSC 102/7/5 highlights the significant impact of the pandemic on ships originally scheduled to be delivered before 1 July 2020, which were not designed and constructed in accordance with the requirements of SOLAS regulation II-1/3-10 (GBS for bulk carriers and oil tankers) and proposes a draft MSC circular containing a unified interpretation of SOLAS regulation II-1/3-10 concerning the term "unforeseen delay in the delivery of ships" with a view to harmonizing the interpretation of the provisions for the application scheme thereof with the unified interpretation to regulation 1.28 of MARPOL Annex 1. In this context it is noted that due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic the IMO Secretary General issued Circular Letter 4204/Add.7 on "Guidance concerning unforeseen delays in the delivery of ships", drawing attention to paper MSC 102/7/5 among others.
- MSC 102/14/1 proposes revisions to paragraph 6.5.5 of the draft Model agreement for the authorization of recognized organizations acting on behalf of the Administration, with a view to its practical and clear implementation.
IACS will also contribute to the discussions under agenda items 3, 7, 15, 17 and 19 related to amendments to mandatory instruments, GBS, CCC 6, SDC 7 and SSE 7 Sub-Committees, respectively.
Any enquiries on the above should be sent to Mr Konstantin Petrov, IACS Accredited Representative to IMO, at firstname.lastname@example.org