In 2004 in-tank explosions resulted in the total loss of two chemical tankers. The requirements for inerting of cargo tanks did not apply to these vessels. In recent years there have been a significant number of similar explosions and fires on board tankers. The majority of these explosions appear to take place in connection with tank washing and gas-freeing operations.
From January 2015, the requirements for Sulphur Emission (SOx) in the Emission Control Areas(ECA) of The North Sea, English Channel, Baltic Sea and in areas 200 nautical miles from the US and Canada coast will be strengthened. Vessels operating in these areas will have to reduce their Sulphur emissions from today’s 1.00 % level to 0.1%.
The standards IEC 60092-351 (cable insulating materials) and IEC 60092-359 (cable sheathing materials) have been merged to form the new standard, IEC 60092-360. It was published in April 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 July 2014 to 1st January 2016 inclusive. This information is recommended to Technical, Safety, Quality and Operation departments of shipping companies, but there is also information relevant for yards and newbuilding departments.
Stricter limitations on sulphur emissions (SOX) will pose many challenges to ships operating in Emission Control Areas (ECAs). If not handled with care, switching from Heavy Fuel Oil to Marine Gas Oil can put equipment at risk and increase operational costs. DNV GL has developed a ship-specific Fuel Change-Over Calculator (FCO) to help shipowners and operators determine the ideal parameters for their vessel’s fuel change-over. In addition, the new publication “Sulphur Limits 2015 – Guidelines to ensure Compliance” offers detailed advice on how to handle the procedure (see appendix).
In 2011 the United States Coast Guard (USCG) published a Safety Alert regarding the inspection of fuel oil quick-closing valves. The safety alert was issued after Port State Control (PSC) officers found that fuel oil tank quick closing valves had sometimes been blocked in an open position, or were poorly maintained so that they were not operating as designed when released in an emergency.
In order to obtain synergies from merging DNV and GL, there are several activities linked to streamlining the internal processes in DNV GL in a way that will also benefit our customers. DNV GL is now in the process establishing common rules, common production systems and common portals as the means to build a sound, cost effective merged operation.
On 1 January 2015 will the sulfur requirements in Emission Control Areas (ECA) be stricter again. At that time will vessels operating in ECA’s be required to comply to a sulfur content of just 0,10 per cent. The SOx requirements apply to all fuel oils as defined in MARPOL Annex VI Reg.2.9.
The Riyadh MoU will be launching a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Fire Safety from 1 October to 31 December 2014 to verify compliance with SOLAS Chapter II-2 and the International Code for Fire Safety Systems (FSS) onboard ships.
The Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006) was adopted in Geneva in 2006 and entered into force on 20 August 2013. The convention is the fourth pillar of international maritime law, along with SOLAS, STCW and MARPOL. So far, 60 member states of ILO have ratified the convention, and collectively they have approximately 80 per cent of the world’s gross tonnage.
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.
We have noted that recently there was an increase of detentions where owners/managers did not notify or invite DNV GL for attendance during ship’s detention.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On December 4th the IMO Assembly adopted the draft assembly resolution addressing the concerns of the congested implementation dates for BWM D-2 standard.