In demonstrating its commitment to supporting the work of the IMO, IACS will actively participate in the forthcoming 9th session of the Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE 9) which will meet remotely from 27 February to 3 March 2023.
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 achieving clarity for all parties, IACS has submitted or co-sponsored the following papers:
- SSE 9/14 proposes to amend the interpretation of the separation of galley ducts from spaces contained in MSC.1/Circ.1276, to align it with SOLAS, as amended by resolution MSC.365(93).
- SSE 9/14/1 proposes a revised draft interpretation of SOLAS regulations II-2/188.8.131.52 and II-2/184.108.40.206, pertaining to required air changes for the carriage of dangerous goods.
- SSE 9/14/2 provides a draft interpretation of SOLAS regulation II-2/220.127.116.11 focusing on the fire insulation requirements for vertical ducts which pass through both a bulkhead and a deck, without serving the spaces they pass through.
- SSE 9/14/3 seeks clarification on the implementation of paragraphs 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124 of the LSA Code in respect to the hoisting-up of a dedicated rescue boat on a cargo ship from its stowed position for subsequent slewing out to ship’s side, and proposes an interpretation, with a view towards facilitating universal and uniform application.
- SSE 9/14/4 proposes amendments to MSC.1/Circ.1416/Rev.1 based on practical implementation of the interpretation, with a view to facilitating the universal and uniform implementation of requirements for “non-traditional steering systems”.
- SSE 9/15/1 considers the alternatives to fluorinated fire-fighting foam concentrates available for inclusion in ships’ fire-fighting systems, and the intent of the PFOS ban approved by MSC 106; and comments on the draft revised text of MSC.1/Circ.1312, as being considered in document SSE 9/15 (Secretariat).
- SSE 9/19/3 comments on document SSE 9/19 and presents further modifications to paragraph 4 of draft interim guidelines on safe operation of onshore power supply (OPS) service in port. The proposal is offered in the event that the original text for paragraphs 4.2 and 4.5 of the draft interim guidelines is not kept as appears in document SSE 8/18/1.
- SSE 9/19/4 suggests due consideration of safety and environmental impacts with respect to pressure/vacuum (P/V) valves when amending MSC/Circ.677 regarding reference to ISO standard 15364.
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.
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