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2014-08-29

Application of LC and RSCS notations and acceptance of container securing equipment

The GL legacy notation LC (Lashing Computer) provides requirements related to the strength safety of the stowage and lashing of containers on container ships in worldwide service, based on more accurate accelerations than previous Rule standard accelerations. The GL legacy notation RSCS (Route Specific Container Stowage) may be requested provided the LC notation has been assigned. Compared to the LC notation which is for worldwide service based on North Atlantic sea states, the RSCS notation provides requirements related to the strength safety of the stowage and lashing of containers in route-specific service.

2014-08-14

Guidance on use of mini ROV MOU ballast tank inspections

When requested by owners, DNV GL may accept alternative survey methods for units in operation using (mini) Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs) for ballast tank inspections on DNV GL-classed mobile offshore units in operation. This technical update outlines the minimum requirements and conditions that must be met in order to accept the use of ROVs for ballast tank inspections. This includes the planning and preparation as well as conditions for acceptance and reporting. Notwithstanding DNV GL acceptance, it is emphasized that the method limits the possibilities to establish the “big picture” of the tank’s condition. Because of these limitations, this technical update concludes with restrictions which are to be applied.

2014-08-04

Caribbean MoU Concentrated Inspection Campaign on fire safety

The Caribbean MoU will be launching a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Fire Safety from 1 September to 30 November 2014 to verify compliance with SOLAS Chapter II-2 and the International Code for Fire Safety Systems (FSS) on board ships. The CIC is intended to raise awareness on fire safety related issues with special focus. A copy of the questionnaire is attached. For users of PSC Toolkit, a special customized file can be found in DNV Exchange and GL Fleet online.

2014-07-30

Addition to concentrated inspection campaign on hours of rest (STCW)

Further to our previous PSC Update 02-2014/July, Paris MoU and Tokyo MoU, in a joint Press Release dated 29 July 2014, have published a questionnaire of 10 selected items to be used by PSCO to establish that watchkeeping personnel are meeting with the requirements regarding hours of rest. The full press release and questionnaire (checklist) for the CIC is attached.

2014-07-25

Concentrated inspection campaign on hours of rest (STCW)

Paris MoU, Tokyo MoU, Mediterranean MoU, Black Sea MoU and Indian Ocean MoU have announced that a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) will be conducted during the period of 1 September to 30 November 2014.

2014-07-10

Retroactive requirements with respect to fire-fighters' equipment

Three retroactive requirements in SOLAS 2012 amendments (MSC.338(91) Reg. II-2) with respect to the following fire-fighters’ equipment – breathing apparatus alarm, spare air cylinders and two-way portable radiotelephone apparatus – have been issued.

2014-05-26

IMO/ILO requirements from 2014

Keeping updated on new and retroactive requirements from IMO/ ILO can be a challenge. Hence we have made a summary with the most important IMO/ ILO requirements entering into force from 1st June 2014 to 1st July 2015.

2014-05-15

STCW Manila amendments

As of 1 January 2014, new requirements for security related training entered into force. There are two levels of requirements, standard of competence for security-awareness training for seafarers without security duties, and standard of competence for security-awareness training for seafarers with designed security duties.

2014-03-15

Ship recycling - New EU regulation

The European Parliament formally adopted the new EU Ship Recycling Regulation (EU SRR) on 22 October 2013. The text was then adopted by the European Council and published in the Official Journal of the EU to become legally binding. The EU Ship Recycling Regulation entered into force on 30 December 2013. This Regulation is aimed at facilitating early ratification of the Hong Kong Convention 2009 - both within the EU and in other countries outside the EU - by applying controls to ships and ship recycling facilities on the basis of the Convention. It aims to ensure that vessels are recycled in EU-approved facilities worldwide.

2014-02-20

New requirement: Plan for recovery of persons from the water

The requirement applies to all newbuildings provided with SOLAS certificates that are keel laid after 1 July 2014. For vessels in operation, the requirement applies from the first periodical or renewal safety equipment survey carried out after 1 July 2014, whichever comes first. The requirement also applies to units provided with a MODU Code certificate.

2014-02-15

Plug repairs on defective boiler tubes

This newsletter details how various aspects of the impact of plugged tubes on boilers and propulsion plants are evaluated based on DNV GL* perspectives before repair proposals for prospective plugging are considered for temporary/permanent acceptance. This is expected to help impart a better understanding of the impact of plugged tubes and the evaluation process, and thus also minimise discussions frequently encountered during case handling with reference to thumb rules prevailing in the industry concerning the acceptable percentage of plugged tubes. Evaluation process may however extend beyond the topics covered in this edition if deemed required on a case by case basis. Superheaters and re-heaters are not considered in this newsletter.

2014-02-15

Risks of working at heights using lifting appliances

Lifting Appliances and associated equipment employed for transport of personnel must be fit for the purpose and should be certified in accordance with relevant Rules i.e. DNV Standard for Certification No. 2.22 “Lifting Appliances”, June 2013 and recognized international standards i.e. for suspended baskets EN 14502 Part 1.

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