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New requirements for installing and operating inert gas systems

Effective from January 1st, 2016 New statutory requirements for fixed inert gas systems will enter into force on 1 January, 2016, as a result of changes to SOLAS, the Fire Safety Systems (FSS) Code and the International Bulk Chemical (IBC) Code.Main changesThe fitting of a fixed inert gas system will be required for tankers of 8,000 tonnes deadweight (dwt) and over, constructed (keel laid) on or after 1 January, 2016. Previously, this applied only to tankers of 20,000 tonnes dwt and over.Tankers 8,000 dwt and over, carrying low-flashpoint cargoes, and constructed (keel laid) on or after 1 January, 2016, must be provided with a fixed inert gas system complying with Chapter 15 of the amended FSS Code (or an equivalent system - subject to acceptance by the flag administration).The existing clause in SOLAS Regulation II-2/ for waiving the requirements for a fixed inert gas system still applies to all gas carriers, but for chemical tankers it nowonly applies to those constructed before 1 January, 2016. This means that chemical tankers constructed (keel laid) on or after 1 January, 2016, and carrying flammable cargoes such as those listed in the IBC Code chapters 17 and 18, will be required to have ...

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New requirements for fire-fighters’ outfits

Meeting the requirements of SOLAS and the FSS Code The 2014 amendments to SOLAS and the Fire Safety Systems (FSS) Code adopted by IMO Resolutions MSC.338(91) and MSC.339(91) will enter into force on 1 July, 2014, introducing revised and new requirements for fire-fighter's outfit breathing apparatus and two-way portable radiotelephone apparatuses.Owners and operators of new and existing ships should ensure that the fire fighters' outfits on their vessels meet the requirements of SOLAS and the FSS Code and that any changes to the fire locker contents are shown on the vessel's fire control plans, if included.Breathing apparatusChanges to SOLAS regulation II-2/10.10.1 and the FSS Code mean that: "Compressed air breathing apparatus shall be fitted with an audible alarm and a visual or other device which will alert the user before the volume of the air in the cylinder has been reduced to no less than 200 litres."This applies to ship's constructed (keel laid) on or after 1 July, 2014. Ships constructed (keel laid) before 1 July, 2014 must comply no later than 1 July, 2019.New SOLAS regulation II-2/, relating to 'Onboard training and drills' requires that: "An onboard means of recharging breathing apparatus cylinders used during drills shall be provided ...

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IMO Maritime Safety Committee Outcome

The IMO's Committee on Maritime Safety (MSC) held its 93rd Session (MSC 93) from Wednesday 14 through Friday 23 May 2014 under the Chairmanship of Mr Christian Breinholt (DENMARK) and his Vice Chair, Captain M Segar of SINGAPORE). 104 Member States attended the meeting during which a drafting group (DG) and two working groups (WG) were subsequently formed and chaired as follows:

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