During IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), that took place between June 5 to 14, participants discussed on current issues related to safety and security of the shipping industry. The matters of discussion also focused on draft measures for safe mooring operations, as prepared by the SDC sub-committee based on proposals originally submitted by Denmark.
Mainly, the measures that got the green light from the Committee involve an amended SOLAS regulation and guidelines aiming to enhance the current situation where accidents and unsafe work situations frequently happen during mooring operations of ships.
The measures will now be circulated to Member States with a view to adoption at the next Committee meeting in 2020.
Except safe mooring operations, the Committee also discussed about fuel oil safety issues in relation to the 2020 sulphur cap that are to come into operation on January 1, 2020.
In addition, in continuing the ongoing work on autonomous ships, MSC approved interim guidelines for MASS trails with a view to assist IMO Member States, industry and other parties involved in testing autonomous ships in a safe and efficient way.
In light of the meeting, the Danish delegation held a presentation on cybersecurity in which a representative from Maersk providing the Committee with their experiences of the 2017 cyberattack.