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MARPOL- a quick guide to the Annexes

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MARPOL

Before this blog continues with the certification related to environmental protection, it will pause to put the certification in context by listing the parts of MARPOL and naming the related certificates.

The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) is the main international convention covering prevention of pollution of the marine environment by ships from operational or accidental causes. Each of its annexes contains the regulations for specific potential sources of pollution.

Annex I– Regulations for the Prevention of Pollution by oil

 Annex II– Regulations for the Control of Pollution by Noxious Liquid Substances in Bulk

Annex III– Regulations for the Prevention of Pollution by Harmful Substances Carried by sea in Packaged form

Annex IV– Regulations for the Prevention of Pollution by Sewage from Ships

Annex V-Regulation for the Prevention of Pollution by Garbage from Ships

Annex VI– Regulations for the Prevention of Air pollution from ships

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Two other environmental conventions

International convention for the control and management of ship’s ballast water and sediments, 2004 in force 8th September 2017

International convention on the control of harmful anti-fouling systems on ships, 2001

  • International Anti-fouling System Certificate

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The Passenger Ship Safety Certificate- A handy guide

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Safe structure, Safe equipment and safe radio equipment for passenger ships

The three key aspects of SOLAS ship safety are covered by one certificate, the Passenger Ship Safety Certificate (PSSC).

What form has to be attached to the PSSC?

Record of Equipment for Passenger Ship Safety (Form P)

What information can be found on the certificate?

Particulars of ship

  • Name of ship
  • Distinctive number or letters
  •  Port of registry
  •  Gross tonnage
  • Sea areas in which ship is certified to operate (regulation IV/2)
  • IMO Number

Dates

  • Date of building contract
  • Date on which keel was laid or ship was at similar stage of construction
  • Date of delivery
  • Date on which work for a conversion or an alteration or modification of a major character was commenced (where applicable)

Assigned subdivision  load lines

A passenger ship may have alternative loadlines, dependent on its mode of operation. These are designated P1, P2  etc.

“A ship intended for alternating modes of operation may, if the owners desire, have one or more additional load lines assigned and marked to correspond with the subdivision draughts which the Administration may approve for the alternative service configurations.” SOLAS II-1 18

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What does it certify?

  •  That  the  ship  has  been  surveyed  in  accordance  with  the  requirements  of  regulation  I/7  of  the Convention.
    • That the survey showed that: the ship complied with the requirements of the Convention as regards:
    • The  structure,  main  and  auxiliary  machinery,  boilers  and  other  pressure  vessels; the  watertight  subdivision  arrangements  and  details
    • The  ship  complied  with  the  requirements  of SOLAS as  regards  structural  fire protection, fire safety systems and appliances and fire control plans
    • The  life-saving  appliances  and  the  equipment  of  the  lifeboats,  liferafts  and  rescue  boats  were provided in accordance with the requirements of SOLAS
    • The  ship  was  provided  with  a  line-throwing  appliance  and  radio  installations  used  in life-saving appliances in accordance with the requirements of SOLAS
    • The ship complied with the requirements of the SOLAS as regards radio installations;
    • The  functioning  of  the  radio  installations  used  in  life-saving  appliances  complied  with  the requirements of SOLAS
    • The  ship  complied  with  the  requirements  of  SOLAS  as  regards shipborne navigational equipment, means of embarkation for pilots and nautical publications
    • The  ship  was  provided  with  lights,  shapes,  means  of  making  sound  signals  and  distress signals,  in  accordance  with  the  requirements  of  the Convention  and  the  International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
    • In all other respects the ship complied with the relevant requirements of SOLAS

How often must the ship be surveyed?

Unlike cargo ships, passanger ships require annual renewal surveys.

  • An initial survey before the ship is put in service
  • A renewal survey once every 12 months
  • Additional surveys, as occasion arisesHandyBooks

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Cargo Ship Safety Certificate- A handy guide

A combined certificate for cargo ships

What is the Cargo Ship Safety Certificate?

A Cargo Ship Safety Certificate (CSSC), is issued as an alternative to separate Cargo Ship Safety Construction, Cargo Ship Safety Equipment and Cargo Ship Safety Radio Certificates.

Why is the certificate required?

It is required by SOLAS   I/12.

“(v) (1) a certificate called a Cargo Ship Safety Certificate may be issued after an initial or renewal survey to a cargo ship which complies with the relevant requirements of chapters II-1, II-2, III, IV and V and any other relevant requirements of the present regulations, as an alternative to the certificates referred to in paragraph (a)(ii), (a)(iii) and (a)(iv);”

What form is required to be attached to the CSSC?

A Record of Equipment for Cargo Ship Safety (Form C).

What information is contained on the certificate?

Particulars of ship

  • Distinctive number or letters
  • Name of ship
  • Port of registry
  • Gross tonnage
  • Deadweight of ship (metric tons)
  • Length of ship (regulation III/3.12)
  • Sea areas in which ship is certified to operate (regulation IV/2)
  • IMO Number

Type of ship

  • Bulk carrier
  • Oil tanker
  • Chemical tanker
  • Gas carrier
  • Cargo ship other than any of the above

Dates

  • Date of building contract
  • Date on which keel was laid or ship was at similar stage of construction
  • Date of delivery
  • Date on which work for a conversion or an alteration or modification of a major character was commenced (where applicable)
  • Validity of certificate

What does it certify?.

That the ship has been surveyed in accordance with the requirements of regulations I/8, I/9 and I/10 of SOLAS.

That the survey showed that:

  • The condition of the structure, machinery and equipment as defined in regulation I/10 was satisfactory and the ship complied with the relevant requirements of chapter II-1 and chapter II-2 of SOLA S (other than those relating to fire safety systems and appliances and fire control plans)
  • That the last two inspections of the outside of the ship’s bottom took place on specified dates
  • That the ship complied with the requirements of SOLA S as regards fire safety systems and appliances and fire control plans
  • That the life-saving appliances and the equipment of the lifeboats, liferafts and rescue boats were provided in accordance with the requirements of SOLAS
  • That the ship was provided with a line-throwing appliance and radio installations used in life-saving appliances in accordance with the requirements of SOLAS
  • That  the ship complied with the requirements of SOLAS as regards radio installations
  • That  the functioning of the radio installations used in life-saving appliances complied with the requirements of SOLAS
  • That  the ship complied with the requirements of SOLA S as regards shipborne navigational equipment, means of embarkation for pilots and nautical publications
  • That the ship was provided with lights, shapes, means of making sound signals and distress signals in accordance with the requirements of the Convention and the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
  • That  in all other respects the ship complied with the relevant requirements of the SOLAS
  • That the ship operates in accordance with regulation III/26.1.1.15 within the limits of the trade area

More information

The UK MGN 271 has information about in water surveys.


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