In demonstrating its ongoing commitment to support the work of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), IACS will participate in the forthcoming 103rd session of the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 103), which will meet remotely from 5 to 14 May 2021.  This session of the Committee will also discuss papers submitted to MSC 102 which were postponed to MSC 103.

The following IACS papers were submitted to MSC 102 and MSC103: 

  • MSC 102/12/1 provides comments on the report of the Experts Group on Formal Safety Assessment (MSC 102/12) on the Procedure for identifying safety issues.
  • MSC 102/21/17 provides comments on document MSC 102/21/10 proposing a new output to amend the 2011 ESP Code, related to the requirements for ballast tanks on bulk carriers and inspection of void spaces bounding cargo holds.
  • MSC 102/21/21 provides comments on document MSC 102/21/9 proposing a new output to amendment SOLAS chapter XII and MSC/Circ.1178.
  • MSC 102/INF.20 provides the updated status report of the work undertaken to address the IACS "common" observations as of 29 February 2020.
  • MSC 103/5 provides IACS comments on MSC 102 postponed MASS related documents (MSC 102/5/1, MSC 102/5/7, MSC 102/5/27, MSC 102/5/32, and MSC 102/5/18) addressing MASS terminology issues.
  • MSC 103/7/2 provides IACS' comments on the observations of the GBS audit team who performed the second GBS maintenance of verification audit of 11 recognised organisations and IACS' CSR, as contained in document MSC 102/7/4.
  • MSC 103/16/1 proposes modifications to the draft interim guidelines on safe operation of onshore power supply (OPS) service in port for ships engaged on international voyages contained in annex 6 of document SSE 7/21.
  • MSC 103/20/3 advises the Committee of the progress of work in IACS pertaining to the strength of the structure of large containerships, forming part of IACS safety initiatives discussed at MSC 95.
  • MSC 103/20/15 comments on document MSC 102/22/6 (ISO), which introduces a publicly available specification ISO/PAS 23678 (series 1 to 4).
  • MSC 103/ INF.8 updates the Committee on how cyber safety is being further addressed by IACS within the context of MSC-FAL.1/Circ.3 and describes the progress IACS has made on this topic and the future work.
  • MSC 103/ INF.9 provides the updated status of the work which has been undertaken to address the IACS "common" observations as of 28 February 2021.

IACS co-sponsored the following papers to MSC 102 and MSC 103:

  • MSC 102/2/3 discusses the process of updating the survey guidelines under the Harmonized System of Survey and Certification (HSSC) and proposes amendments to MSC.1/Circ.1587 and MSC.1/Circ.1500/Rev.1.
  • MSC 102/2/4 discusses the process of updating the survey guidelines under the Harmonized System of Survey and Certification (HSSC) and proposes a joint MSC-MEPC circular.
  • MSC 102/21/1 proposes a new output to conduct a focused review of the International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Liquified Gases in Bulk (IGC Code), as amended by resolution MSC.370(93).
  • MSC 102/21/3 proposes a new output to be included in the biennial agenda of the Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE) to evaluate the adequacy of fire protection, detection and extinction arrangements on board containerships to fight container fire, with a view to amending SOLAS and the FSS Code, as required.
  • MSC 102/21/12 proposes a new output for the review of the guidance associated to SOLAS provisions on safe return to port for passenger ships, as contained in MSC.1/Circ.1369 and other related circulars.
  • MSC 103/3/3 proposes refinement of the text of draft new SOLAS regulation II-1/25-1 to address the differences between bilge water detection system and water level alarms.
  • MSC 103/3/4 proposes to initiate a revision of resolution MSC.188(79) on the Performance standards for water level detectors on bulk carriers and single hold cargo ships other than bulk carriers as a consequence of the adoption of new SOLAS regulation II-1/25-1.
  • MSC 103/3/5 proposes minor modifications to the draft amendments to the Load Line Convention and the IGC Code regarding watertight doors for cargo ships approved by MSC 102.
  • MSC 103/16/2 proposes a revision of Guidelines for the maintenance and inspections of fixed carbon dioxide fire-extinguishing systems (MSC.1/Circ.1318) to align with the Revised guidelines for the maintenance and inspection of fire protection systems and appliances (MSC.1/Circ.1432, as amended), particularly with respect to the internal inspection of all control valves of CO2 bottles at a five-year service.

IACS will also contribute to the discussions under agenda items 6, 18 and 20 related to fuel oil safety, work programme and any other business respectively.

Any enquiries on the above should be sent to Konstantin Petrov, IACS Accredited Representative to IMO, at arimo@iacs.org.uk

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