ICOMIA releases its report from the IMO's 6th session of the Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment

Published on: 14 March 2019

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ICOMIA has released its report from the IMO’s 6th session of the Sub-Committee Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE) held between Monday 4 - Friday 8 March 2019. The items of interest to the leisure and superyacht industries are as follows:

On board lifting appliances and winches (OLAW)

As reported in previous meetings, the IMO is developing regulations for lifting appliances and winches. The Sub-Committee agreed in principal to the draft SOLAS Chapter II-1.

The regulations apply to lifting gear with a safe working load of 1000 KG, although the regulations permit Administrations to determine to what extent they apply to lifting gear with a SWL below 1000 KG. The specific equipment include a lifting appliance or any load handling ship's equipment used:

  • For cargo loading, transfer, or discharge
  • For raising and lowering hold hatch covers or moveable bulkheads
  • As engine room cranes
  • As stores cranes
  • As hose handling cranes
  • For launch and recovery of tender boats and similar applications
  • As personnel handling cranes

Not included are personnel elevators and escalators and dumb waiters. The regulations require new lifting appliances to be designed, constructed and installed in accordance with the requirements of a classification society approved by the Administration.

Fire-fighters’ radio sets

The Sub-Committee agreed to the draft unified interpretation to SOLAS regulation II-2/9.7.5 and regulation II-2/10.10.4 and the associated draft MSC (Maritime Safety Committee) circular:

“Two-way portable radiotelephone apparatus for fire-fighter's communication required by regulation 10.10.4 should be of certified safe type suitable for use in zone 1 hazardous areas, as defined in IEC Publication 60079. The minimum requirements in respect to the apparatus group and temperature class are to be consistent with the most restrictive requirements for the hazardous area zone on board which is accessible to fire party.”

Cold ironing of ships

This is a commercial shipping term for connecting to shore power or on-shore power supply (OPS). Despite a level of interest in this subject at the previous session where a correspondence group was established to draft guidelines and possible SOLAS amendments, the general view at this session was that, due to the lack of global implementation, practicality, interoperability and cost-effectiveness, it was premature to go beyond the drafting of operational guidelines. The Sub-Committee agreed to the establishment of a correspondence group to progress this work with a view to finalisation by an expert’s group at SSE 7.

Consequential work for ships operating in polar waters

In the session work continued on the guidelines on LSA (Life-Saving Appliances) needed for Polar waters and the Sub-Committee approved the draft interim document for approval at MSC 101.

IACS unified interpretations

SSE 6 agreed a number of unified interpretations which can be found in attached document SSE 6/WP.6. The following are relevant to the yachting industry and can be found at annexes 2 and 4 respectively:

  • Unified interpretations of SOLAS chapter III – provision of lifebuoys
  • Unified interpretations concerning the arrangements for steering capability and function on ships fitted with propulsion and steering systems other than traditional arrangements for a ship's directional control

Full details on the above can be obtained by British Marine members by downloading the reports from the British Marine website.

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