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Posted: Mar 16, 2020

IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment

The 7th session of IMO’s Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE) was held in London from 2 to 6 March 2020. SSE 7 agreed on draft new requirements for on-board lifting appliances, and on draft new interim guidelines for safe operation of shore power. SSE 7 further progressed work on ventilation of survival craft and on fire safety of ro-ro passenger ships, and initiated work to improve the safety of commercial diving operations.
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Posted: Feb 12, 2020

2020 IMSBC Code Amendments

Amendments 05-19 to the IMSBC Code, which have been in place on a voluntary basis since 1st January 2020, will become mandatory on 1 January 2021.

The table of characteristics for each schedule has been amended and now includes ‘physical properties’ and ‘hazard classification’.

The physical properties of a cargo are recommendatory whereas the hazard classification information is mandatory and must be included in any cargo declaration.
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Posted: Feb 12, 2020

IMO SUB-COMMITTEE ON SHIP DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

The 7th session of IMO’s Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC) was held in London from 3 to 7 February 2020. SDC 7 finalized the interim guidelines on the second-generation intact stability criteria, clarified the requirements to watertight integrity on passenger ships and cargo ships, developed mandatory provisions for OSVs and other cargo ships carrying more than 12 industrial personnel, and finalized safety guidelines for fishing vessels and pleasure yachts operating in polar waters.
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Posted: Jan 15, 2020

Amendments to the IBC/BCH Code & MARPOL 73/78 Annex II

Amendments to the IBC/BCH Code & MARPOL 73/78 Annex II which will enter into force on 1 January 2021 (For non-Japanese flag ships)

Amendments to the IBC Code (MSC460(101) / MEPC318(74)), BCH Code (MSC463(101) / MEPC319(74)) and MARPOL 73/78 Annex II (MEPC315(74)) will enter into force on 1 January 2021, and all ships carrying dangerous chemicals and/or noxious liquid substances in bulk need to satisfy the revised requirements prior to the date of entry into force.

Major revisions of MARPOL 73/78 Annex II
- Prewash requirements for persistent floating products
- Revision of the standard format of P&A Manual

Major revisions of IBC Code, BCH Code
- Revision of carriage requirements (Chapter 17 & 18)
- Operational requirements for persistent floating products (Chapter 16)
- Special requirements of Hydrogen sulphide (H2S) detection equipment (Chapter 15)
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Posted: Jan 15, 2020

REQUIREMENTS FOR MAINTENANCE, THOROUGH EXAMINATION, OPERATIONAL TESTING, OVERHAUL AND REPAIR OF LIFEBOATS AND RESCUE BOATS

REQUIREMENTS FOR MAINTENANCE, THOROUGH EXAMINATION, OPERATIONAL TESTING, OVERHAUL AND REPAIR OF LIFEBOATS AND RESCUE BOATS, LAUNCHING APPLIANCES AND RELEASE GEAR

Entry into force of IMO Resolution MSC.402(96) on the 1st January 2020

The following amendments to SOLAS Chapter III enter into force on the 1st January 2020, through IMO Resolution MSC.404(96):

Maintenance, thorough examination, operational testing, overhaul and repair of lifeboats and rescue boats, launching appliances and release gear shall be carried out in accordance with IMO Resolution MSC.402(96).
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