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 8th session of the Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC 8) which will meet remotely from 17 to 21 January 2022.

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

SDC 8/4/2 proposes changes to the draft new SOLAS chapter XV and the IP Code and seeks clarification on aspects related to IP Code certification.

SDC 8/4/4 provides comments on the modifications to the text of paragraph 8.4 of the draft IP Code as agreed by PPR 8.

SDC 8/6/2 proposes draft amendments to the 2011 ESP Code regarding applicability to oil tankers carrying oil in independent tanks not part of ship's hull, tank testing of ballast holds of bulk carriers and examination of ballast tanks at annual surveys, for consistent implementation of the requirements.

SDC 8/10 seeks the view of the Sub-Committee to clarify whether an operational assessment, as required by paragraph 1.5 of part I-A of the Polar Code, can be used to exempt or reduce the equipment requirements in the Polar Code.  IACS is of the view that the lack of clarity on this matter has a potential to cause inconsistent application of the Polar Code.

SDC 8/10/1 proposes a unified interpretation of regulations 4.3.1 and 4.3.2 of part 1-A of the Polar Code to clarify the requirements for the ice accretion and its application for the intact and damage stability calculations.

SDC 8/10/2 proposes a draft unified interpretation of regulation 37(3) of the Protocol of 1988 relating to the International Convention on Load Lines, 1966 (hereinafter referred to as the 1988 Load Lines Protocol), as amended, with a view to its global and consistent implementation.

SDC 8/10/3 proposes a new draft unified interpretation on the amendment to stability/loading information in conjunction with the alterations of lightweight, for the effective application of SOLAS regulations II-1/5.4 and II-1/5.5.

SDC 8/10/4 discusses the application of the individual paragraphs of SOLAS regulation II-1/17-1 to internal and external doors, at or above the bulkhead deck on ro-ro passenger ships and proposes the revision of circular MSC.1/Circ.1572/Rev.1.

SDC 8/10/5 proposes an interpretation of paragraph 4.2.1 of the Code on noise levels on board ships (resolution MSC.337(91)), to clarify the application of the noise limit of 85 dB(A) to workshops other than those forming part of machinery spaces.

SDC 8/10/6 proposes draft amendment to the unified interpretations of SOLAS regulation II-1/3-6.3.2 contained in circular MSC.1/Circ.1572/Rev.1 to clarify the ambiguous expression "similar obstructions" in SOLAS regulation II-1/3-6.3.2.

SDC 8/10/7 seeks clarification of the application of SOLAS regulation II-1/13 with regard to types of penetrations required to be pressure tested after a fire endurance testing.

SDC 8/10/8 proposes the revisions to MSC.1/1572/Rev.1 in respect of the interpretation of acceptable equivalent arrangements meeting the requirements of SOLAS regulation II-1/26.11, in particular covering those instances where there are differing heating requirements between the service tank and the point of injection.

SDC 8/10/9 provides the Sub-Committee with an updated version of the draft unified interpretation on the basis of MSC/Circ.998 (IACS UI SC161) and discusses the changes which have been made since the previous version.

SDC 8/13 proposes amendments to the Performance standards for water level detectors on bulk carriers and single hold cargo ships other than bulk carriers (resolution MSC.188(79)) to take into account relevant changes to SOLAS since the adoption of resolution MSC.188(79) on 3 December 2004.

SDC 8/16 informs on the recent revisions to IACS Unified Requirement (UR) A1 and UR A2 and Recommendation No. 10, their background and, as a consequence, proposes further revision of the guidance on shipboard towing and mooring equipment (MSC.1/Circ.1175/Rev.1).

IACS will also provide advice and comments to the Sub-Committee on a number of other issues, both in plenary and in the Working and Drafting Groups that are expected to be established. IACS will contribute to the discussions also on agenda items 5 (Development of explanatory notes to the interim guidelines on second generation intact stability criteria), 12 (Development of amendments to SOLAS regulation II-1/3-4 to apply requirements for emergency towing equipment for tankers to other types of ships), and 14 (Review of the guidelines for the reduction of underwater noise).

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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