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 105th session of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 105), which will meet remotely from 20 to 29 April 2022.

Noting the work IACS Members undertake as Recognized Organizations of IMO Member States, verifying compliance of ships with IMO agreed requirements, and with a view to achieve clarity for all parties, IACS has submitted and co-sponsored the following papers:

MSC 105/2/2 follows up on the document submitted by IACS to the thirty-second Assembly of IMO and offers suggestions for an approach to, and preliminary views on, the risks associated with the new fuels and technologies currently being researched and trialled by entities seeking to deliver a safe zero-CO2-emitting ship.

MSC 105/3/4 considers the necessity for standard definitions in the situations when terms such as "fitted", "provided", "installed" or "installation" are used in non-mandatory instrument, to provide a clear understanding of the intended meaning of such terms. Further, a proposal to adjust MSC.1/Circ.1500/Rev.1 to account for the building contract in those definitions is offered.

MSC 105/3/5 proposes additional modifications to the forms of Safety equipment certificate for cargo ships and Safety radio certificate for cargo ships and other forms, in line with the draft amendments to SOLAS chapters III and IV, and its appendix (Certificates), as approved by MSC 104 for adoption at MSC 105; and seeks clarification of the Committee on the date by which the certificate should be reissued.

MSC 105/15/1 clarifies paragraph 2.2.2 of the appendix to the draft revised Performance standards for water level detectors on ships subject to SOLAS regulations II-1/25, II-1/25-1 and XII/12, which was finalized at SDC 8 and submitted to MSC 105 for adoption, and proposes a change pertaining to the measurement of installation height of sensors, with a view towards global and uniform implementation.

MSC 105/19/8 seeks clarification as to whether SOLAS regulation III/20.11 and resolution MSC.402(96) are applicable to inflated rescue boats.

MSC 105/INF.9 provides an update on the status of the work being undertaken to address the IACS "common" observations, arising from the GBS initial verification audit and first maintenance verification, as of 31 January 2022.

IACS will also contribute to the discussions under agenda items 4 (Adoption of the Model Regulations on Domestic Ferry Safety), agenda item 5 (Development of further measures to enhance the safety of ships relating to the use of fuel oil), agenda item 7 (Development of a goal-based instrument for maritime autonomous surface ships (MASS)), agenda item 13 (Implementation of IMO instruments), and agenda item 18 (Work Programme).

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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