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New SOLAS requirements for enclosed spaces agreed

IMO DSC 18 agreed on atmosphere testing instruments SOLAS requirementsThe Sub-Committee on Dangerous Goods, Solid cargoes and Containers (DSC) was held by the IMO in London from 16 to 20 September 2013. An issue of special interest was the carriage of appropriate atmosphere testing instruments in Enclosed Space Entries. Enclosed Space EntryOccasioned by a number of accidents where crewmembers have died during inspection and work in enclosedspaces (cargo spaces, tanks, non-ventilated stores rooms, etc.), the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC)adopted new regulations on training in enclosed space entry in June this year.It is a precondition for safe entry to such enclosed spaces that the crew have previously ensured that the atmosphere in the space is not harmful. Consequently, the DSC Sub-Committee had been tasked with the drawing up of provisions hereon. New SOLAS requirements for atmosphere testing instruments agreedAccording to IMO DSC Sub-Committee Meeting Summary, the DSC Sub-Committee agreed a new draft SOLAS regulation XI-1/7 on Atmosphere testing instrument for enclosed spaces, to require ships to carry an appropriate portable atmosphere testing instrument or instruments, capable of measuring concentrations of oxygen, flammable gases or vapours, hydrogen sulphide and carbon monoxide, prior to entry into enclosed spaces.The Sub-Committee also agreed a draft MSC circular ...

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First marine AIS testing service in UK

Testing is performed to ensure that products are able to communicate with any other AIS equipment TÜV SÜD Product Service has launched what it says is the UK's first Automatic Identification System (AIS) testing service for the marine industry, and one of only two such services available worldwide.Testing is performed to ensure that products are able to communicate with any other AIS equipment and are also compatible with other marine communications and navigation equipment.TÜV SÜD says it can also certify AIS and other marine products against the requirements of the Marine Equipment Directive through its notified body, TÜV SÜD BABT."TÜV SÜD is now bringing choice to the market, ending the monopoly situation that the marine equipment industry has suffered," said Jean-Louis Evans, managing director of TÜV SÜD Product Service."Our commercial understanding means that we recognise the pressure manufacturers are under to get their new products on the market and a nine month backlog was obviously unacceptable. Feedback from our customers is that the launch of an alternative AIS service is long overdue for the marine industry."The service will be available to customers via TÜV SÜD's 45 locations in Europe, the Americas, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.Source: Digital Ship

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