The International Marine Organisation (IMO) Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE 9), that took place from 27th February to 3rd of March, 2023 adopted amendments addressing the ventilation of survival craft for totally enclosed lifeboats.
During the SSE 9, related amendments to the Revised recommendation on testing of life-saving appliances (resolution MSC.81(70)) were finalized. The SSE 10 will continue to discuss any compelling need on such ventilation requirements for partially enclosed lifeboats and liferafts. The aim is to ensure a habitable environment is maintained in survival craft at all times to enhance survivability.
The draft amendments will apply to totally enclosed lifeboats installed on or after 1 January 2029, so as to allow ample time for Administrations and manufacturers to implement the new ventilation requirements.
The Sub-Committee also finalized a number of draft amendments to the LSA Code and associated instruments, including resolution MSC.81(70), as appropriate, concerning:
- the lowering speed of survival craft and rescue boats for cargo ships;
- single fall and hook systems with on-load release capability;
- thermal performance of immersion suits on the low-temperature tolerance time threshold; and
in-water performance of SOLAS lifejackets.
The Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) will be invited to approve the above draft amendments at its 107th session, for subsequent adoption.
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