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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