A handy guide to the Special Trade Passenger Ship Safety Certificate-Carrying pilgrims safely
What is a special trade passenger ship?
It is a ship carrying large numbers of unberthed passengers in special trades such as the pilgrim trade in a restricted sea area around the Indian Ocean.
(6) “ Special trade ” means the conveyance of large numbers of special trade passengers by sea on international voyages within the area specified below (as illustrated in the chart in Appendix I to these Rules):….Special Trade Passenger ship Rules
Why is a Special Trade Certificate required?
It is required under SOLAS Chapter III regulation 2 Exemptions
2 In the case of passenger ships which are employed in special trades for the carriage of large numbers of special trade passengers, such as the pilgrim trade, the Administration, if satisfied that it is impracticable to enforce compliance with the requirements of this chapter, may exempt such ships from those requirements, provided that such ships comply fully with the provisions of:
.1 the rules annexed to the Special Trade Passenger Ships Agreement, 1971; and
.2 the rules annexed to the Protocol on Space Requirements for Special Trade Passenger Ships, 1973.
- Click here for the IMO webpage on the Special Trade Passenger convention web page>
- Click here for the UK implementation of the agreement
What is a Special Trade Passenger?
“‘Special trade passenger‘ means a passenger carried in special trades in spaces on the weather deck, upper deck and/or between decks which accommodate more than eight passengers. Special Trade Passenger Ships Rules, 1971
Does the Special Trade Passenger Ship Safety Certificate replace the Passenger Ship Safety Certificate?
No, a Special Trade Passenger Ship Safety Certificate shall, be issued in addition to the Passenger Ship Safety Certificate.
Is shall be issued after inspection and survey to a special trade passenger ship which complies with the applicable requirements of these Rules.
How long does the Certificate last?
This Certificate shall be issued for a period of not more than twelve months.
What information is shown on the certificate?
- Ship particulars
- Distinctive numbers or letters
- Port of Registry
- Gross tonnage
- Particulars of voyages
- Date on which keel was laid
- Subdivision loadlines
- D1-D3 Freeboards
- These apply when defined alternative spaces are use to carry passengers
- Life saving appliances carried for specified number of passengers
- Buoyant apparatus
- A Table of space available for accommodation of special trade passengers
- Location of spaces
- Number of passengers for less than 24 hours, 24 hours and over but less than 72 hours, 72 hours over (Existing ships 24 to 48 hours in seasons of fair weather)
Important: This blog is written as an aid to revision, and represents my own wanders through maritime legislation. For definitive information please refer to source documentation. Throughout this blog I will provide links to those sources when available.