The High Speed Craft Code

DSC00654To complete the exploration of the High Speed Craft Safety Certification, here is a quick post on the high speed craft code.

Two High Speed Craft Codes

High speed craft have to comply with one of two codes, with the date of build determining which one.

  • The International Code of safety for High speed Craft 1994
  • The International Code of safety for High speed Craft 2000

The 2000 Code applies to high speed craft of which the keels were laid or which are at a similar stage of construction on or after 1 July 2002.

What is the link between SOLAS and the High Speed Craft Code?

Chapter X of SOLAS is dedicated to high speed craft. A small chapter of only three regulations, the last of which contains the following:

“.1 a high-speed craft constructed on or after 1 January 1996 but before 1 July 2002 which complies with the requirements of the High-Speed Craft Code, 1994 in its entirety and which has been surveyed and certified as provided in that Code shall be deemed to have complied with the requirements of chapters I to IV and regulations V/18, 19 and 20. For the purpose of this regulation, the requirements of that Code shall be treated as mandatory;

.2 a high-speed craft constructed on or after 1 July 2002 which complies with the requirements of the High-Speed Craft Code, 2000 in its entirety and which has been surveyed and certified as provided in that Code shall be deemed to have complied with the requirements of chapters I to IV and regulations V/18, 19 and 20.”

In simple terms this states that an High speed craft that complies with the relevant code does not require to comply with the SOLAS chapters that apply to cargo and passanger ships.

What is the concept of the code?

The High-Speed Craft Code  recognizes that safety levels can behsccode
significantly enhanced by the infrastructure associated with regular service on a particular route, whilst the conventional ship safety philosophy relies on the ship being self-sustaining with all necessary emergency equipment being carried on board. The Code is based on the management and reduction of risk as well as the traditional philosophy of passive protection in the event of an accident.

What does the code cover?

This summary of the chapter headings from the code will give an overview of its scope:

  • Buoyancy, stability and Subdivision
  • Structures
  • Accommodation and escape measures
  • Directional control systems
  • Anchoring, towing and berthing
  • Fire safety
  • Life saving appliances and arrangements
  • Machinery
  • Auxiliary systems
  • Remote control, alarm and safety systems
  • Electrical installations
  • Ship Navigational systems and equipment and voyage data recorders
  • Radio communications
  • Operating Compartment layout
  • Stabilization systems
  • Handling, controllability and performance
  • Operational requirements
  • Inspection and maintenance requirements

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