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Introduction

 

Following a request from members to receive an impact-assessment timetable of regulatory issues likely to have an impact on Bulk Carriers, the Secretariat has drawn up the following table to give members advance notification of known legislative changes.

 

As an important caveat, the information shown below is insufficient to give companies a full understanding of what is required from them to implement the requirements of International conventions or other national requirements.  Further advice from Classification Societies – for example to ABS, DNV and LR, to whom we acknowledge our thanks for some of the core information contained below, and your Flag State must be sought prior to making strategic decisions or incurring capital expenditure.

 

The information is in two parts and is designed (errors and omissions excepted) to reflect requirements for Dry Bulk vessels over 10,000 dwt engaged on international voyages :-  A) Regulations etc which have entered into force in the last 12 months or so; and B) Regulations etc entering into force in the future. Any date in [square brackets] is estimated and may be subject to change.  The requirements are broadly sorted into the Intercargo Work Programme summary headings but are listed in chronological order.

 

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Information updated to : 24 Dec 2012

 

A) Regulations introduced in immediate past appropriate to Intercargo entered tonnage (chronological)

Short title

Enabling convention

Description

Ship type

E.i.f

Casualties – Emergency Towing Procedures

SOLAS II-1/3-4

Capabilities to tow ship from fore and aft positions

All

1.1.12

Design Standards – Liferafts

Life Saving Appliances (LSA Code)

Capacity for persons 75kg raised to 82.5 kg

All

1.1.12

Design Standards – smoke extraction

SOLAS 11-2

FSS (Fire Safety Systems) Code

Electrical and audible signal charges

All

1.1.12

Port State Control – IAPP

Supplement of IAPP Certificate

To specify the Sulphur content of bunker used by ship as per BDN

All

1.2.12

Air Emissions – EEDI Calculations

MARPOL VI

Reference EEDI Calculation Guidelines establish the reference lines for each ship type to comply with a required EEDI

All

2.3.12

Air Emissions – EEDI Survey & Certification

MARPOL VI

Revisions to the EEDI S & C G/L. Preliminary verification at the design stage which should include model tests for determining the ships power curve.  Development of an EEDI Technical File (details of how the attained EEDI was created) which is then subject to a final verification after sea trials.

All

2.3.12

Environmental – Recycling

Ship Recycling Convention

Guidelines for the Authorization of Ship Recycling Facilities (Competent Authority)

All

2.3.12

Environmental – Recycling

Ship Recycling Convention

Guidelines for the Authorization of Ship Recycling Facilities (Ship Recycling Facility Plan)

All

2.3.12

Reception Facilities – Regional Reception Facilities Plan

MARPOL VI; I, II. IV and V, VI

Guidelines to assist Governments

All

2.3.12

Reception Facilities – SIDS

MARPOL VI; I, II. IV and V

Small Island Developing states can develop regional arrangements in / outside Special Areas.  Must be approved by the Committee

All

2.3.12

Casualties – Pilot ladders

SOLAS V

Pilot ladders.  To be certificated by the manufacturers.  No mechanical pilot hoists

All

1.7.12

Design Standards – Bridge Alarms

SOLAS 1/19.2

Bridge Navigation Watch Alarm Systems (BNWAS) – to be installed and working.  Earlier systems installed to 1.7.11 may be permissible

Cargo

1.7.12

Design Standards – Coatings

SOLAS 11 – 1/3-2

Double Side Skin Bulk Carriers to be coated in accordance with IMO’s approved Coating Performance Standards. Also dedicated seawater ballast tanks

Bulk

1.7.12

Design standards – Fire Safety Systems

FSS (Fire Safety Systems) Code

FSS Code revised : Fixed Fire output systems used as output devices to other FSS e.g. fire dampers

All

1.7.12

Design Standards – Fire Test Procedures (FTP)

FTP

New procedures for testing

All

1.7.12

Environmental – Invasive Species

- USA requirement (Anti Fouling System Convention)

For US flagged ships and others operating in US waters.  This is a certification compliance issue at this stage given that the AFS Convention entered into force on 17.9.08 (with all coatings made applicable 60 months – i.e. 17.9.13, after this date)

All

21.11.12

Navigation – AIS

SOLAS V

AIS annual testing to verify correct programming of ships I.D

All

1.7.12

Navigation – EGC

SOLAS IV / 7

Enhanced Group Call (ECG) to be type approved by INMARSAT

Cargo

1.7.12

Port State Control – SOLAS I certs

SOLAS 1

Certificate revision when alternative design and arrangements for machinery and electrical installations / fire protection / LSA applied

All

1.7.12

Air Emissions – US ECA

Chapter IV

ECA to USA / Canada : 1.8.12 = 1.0% S in fuel; 1.1.15 = 0.1%.  Steamships built on / before 1.8.11 not designed to use distillates exempted until 1.1.20.  For 200nm transit, its 1%.  SoX scrubbers OK provided meets equivalence

All

1.8.12

 

 

 

 

 


 

B) Regulations for introduction in future appropriate to Intercargo entered tonnage (chronological)

 

Short title

Enabling convention

Description

Ship type

E.i.f

Air Emissions – EEDI

MARPOL VI

Attained EEDI is not to exceed a maximum.  Chapter IV – Reg 21 ?.  International Energy Efficiency Certificate introduced.

B/C & OBO

1.1.13

Air Emissions – SEEMP

MARPOL VI / Ch IV

SEEMP to be provided and kept on board.  Ships Energy Efficiency Management Plan

All

1.1.13

Cargoes – IMSBC

IMSBC

Revisions.  New schedules. Shippers to declare whether “Harmful to the Marine Environment” (HME), Exemptions for Special Areas generally withdrawn.  See further guidance under “Reception Facilities” on Intercargo website

All

1.1.13

Design Standards – Lifeboats

MSC 81(70)

New tests for lifeboats and equipment installed – for ships with keel laid after this date 1.1.13

All

1.1.13

Reception Facilities – Garbage Management Plans

MARPOL V

Guidelines and revisions : discharge of cargo hold cleaning agents HME in HWW prohibited

All

1.1.13

Navigation – ECDIS

SOLAS 1 / 19.2

ECDIS to be fitted unless scrapping within 2 years.  Also, Bride Navigational Watch Alarm System (BNWAS) required and operational when underway.

Cargo

1.7.13 (where keel laid : but age / size dependent)

Navigation – Ship Reporting Great Belt

SOLAS V / II

Mandatory reporting for ships with an air draft greater that 15m in / to ports in BELTREP (Danish Great Belt)

All

1.7.13

Air Emissions – SCR

MARPOL VI – NoX Code

Scheme B for Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) engines which cannot be pre-certificated on a test bed

All

1.8.13

Reception Facility

MARPOL V (see MEPC 219/63)

No discharging of cargo hold cleaning agents deemed HME in HWW; no discharge of incinerator ash (previously allowed 12nm outside Non Special Areas)

All

1.8.13

Reception Facilities – Regional plans

MARPOL 1; IV; V

Reception facilities permissible through “Regional Reception Facilities Plan” for Small Island Developing States

All

1.8.13

Training, Manpower & Human Element

Maritime Labour Convention

Enters into force

All

20.8.13

Environmental – Invasive Species

Anti Fouling System Convention

Final date for non-compliant coatings, noting the Convention entered into force on 17.9.08.  Most owners will have complied some time in advance of this date.

All

17.9.13

Air Emissions – Puerto Rico ECA : aka US Caribbean Sea

MARPOL VI (see MEPC.1/Circ 755)

ECA enters into force : 1.1.14 = 1.0% S in fuel; 1.1.15 = 0.1%.  Ships not designed to use distillates exempted until 1.1.20.

All

1.1.14

(some exemption to 1.1.20)

Casualties

Loadline Annex B / Annex II . Reg 47

New definition of the northern boundary of the Southern Winter Seasonal Zone

All

1.1.14 (expected)

Design standards – ESP

SOLAS XI-I

Enhanced Survey Programme – IMO 744 replaced by new International Code on Enhanced Programme of Inspections (A.1049 (27)

Bulk

1.1.14

Design standards – Fire Safety Systems

FSS (Fire Safety Systems) Code

FSS Code revised for fixed fire systems

All

1.1.14

Design standards – Lifeboat testing

SOLAS III / 20

Free Fall Life Boats (FFLB). Simulated tests OK during annual and 5 year overload (added to already OK 3m abandon ship drills)

All

1.1.14

Design standards – Speed Logs

SOLAS V / 19

Two separate devices for speed through the water and speed over the ground required

All

1.1.14

Navigation – VDRs

SOLAS V

Voyage Data Recorder standards amended – fixed recording medium and float free recording medium

All

1.1.14

Operational – Load Lines

ICLL 68/88

Coordinated dates of Southern Winter Seasonal Zone amendments (Load Line)

All

1.1.14

Piracy – Reporting

SOLAS V – LRIT Data

Distribution facilities for LRIT enhanced in Gulf of Aden / Wider Indian Ocean enhanced to include polling functionalities to more accurately identify ships in HRA

All

1.1.14

Casualties – Self Contained Breathing Apparatus

SOLAS – see MSC 338 (91)

All Ships must be able to re-charge SCBAs on board when discharged in drills etc. Or have the capability of replacing used cylinders on board

All

1.7.14

Design standards – on load release hooks

SOLAS III / 1.5

Non compliant on-load release hooks to be replaced by complaint products (see : MSC.1/Circ 1392)

All

1.7.14 – first Dry Dock after then; latest 1.7.19

Environmental – noise

SOLAS – see MSC 337 (91)

MSC 91 agreed on-board noise limits its circular MSC 337 (91).  These will apply to new-buildings where the contract has been placed on/after 1 July 2014 or for delivery on/after 1 July 2018.

All

1.7.14

Navigation – CAM Alarms

SOLAS V – Bridge Equipment

GMDSS amendments including Central Alert Management (CAM) systems to meet standards

All

1.7.14

Design Standards – Single Side Skin

SOLAS 11-1

Single Side Skin designed and built to Class Rules which are GBS compliant verified by IMO to meet GBS in B/C >150m

B/C

1.7.16 (starts)

Design Standards – Design Life

SOLAS 11-1

GBS Compliance Design Life of 25 years North Atlantic rules in B/C >150m

B/C

1.7.16

Environment – NoX Code

NoX Code

Tier III standard – for ships in ECA

All

1.7.16

Casualties – Self Contained Breathing Apparatus

SOLAS – see MSC 338(91)

SCBA must have a capacity of at least 1,200 litres. Ships constructed on/before 1.1.02 need not phase out existing apparatus.

All

1.7.19

Environment – CFCs

MARPOL VI / 12

Use of CFCs

All

1.1.20

 

 

 

Last Updated on Monday, 24 December 2012 12:29
 
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