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
- 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
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 arises
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