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LR Statutory Alert: Heightened attention to specific survey items

Lloyd's Register issues Statutory Alert for Owners and managers of Lloyd's Register classed vessels in order to heighten attention to specific survey items as follows:Lloyd's Register is fully committed to maintaining the quality of its classed fleet and its surveyors are aware of the most common deficiencies which may result in ships being detained by port state control authorities.However, deficiencies noted by Port State Control Officers (PSCOs) when a ship is not detained are not necessarily advised to the classification society.For several years, Lloyd's Register surveyors attending on board Lloyd's Register classed ships have placed heightened attention on the most common deficiencies identified by PSCOs. This has helped many ships to bebetter prepared for inspections by port state control, resulting in a reduction in detentions. In light of this, we have decided to continue this heightened attention survey initiative for a further year.The initiative will be applicable to all ships over five years old. Surveyors will place heightened attention on the following items to confirm they are being maintained and remain in an effective condition:ventilation, fire-dampers, quick-closing devices and their means of controllifeboats and launching appliancesemergency fire pumpoil filtering equipmentventilators and air pipesfire detection, fire fighting equipment and appliancesweather decks, ...

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LR issues statutory alert – Mediterranean region voluntary ballast water management regulations

From January 1, 2012, all ships should exchange ballast water With effect from January 1, 2012, all ships should exchange ballast water before entering the Mediterranean Sea or after leaving the Mediterranean Sea to meet the regulation D-1 standard of the Ballast Water Convention. Exchange should be carried out at least 200 nautical miles from land and in waters at least 200 metres deep. The sequential, flow through or dilution methods of ballast water exchange are accepted as meeting the D-1 standard.In situations where this is not possible (because the ship will have to deviate from its intended voyage; because exchange will delay the ship; or for safety reasons) exchange should be undertaken before entering the Mediterranean Sea area, or after leaving the Mediterranean Sea area, as far from the nearest land as possible, and in all cases in waters at least 50 nautical miles from the nearest land and at least 200 metres deep.When engaged in traffic between the ports and areas listed below, ships should undertake ballast water exchange in waters at least 50 nautical miles from the nearest land and at least 200 metres deep or in an area designated by a port State:1. ports located within ...

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