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Document of compliance for Ships Carrying Dangerous Goods

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Why is it required?

SOLAS II-2 Regulation 19  – Carriage of Dangerous Goods

Click here for the IMO page on dangerous goods>

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“The Administration shall provide the ship with an appropriate document as evidence of compliance of construction and equipment with the requirements of this regulation. Certification for dangerous goods, except solid dangerous goods in bulk, is not required for those cargoes specified as class 6.2 and 7 and dangerous goods in limited quantities and excepted quantities.”

What ships require the document?

  • Passenger ships constructed on or after 1 September 1984
  • All other ships of 500 tons or over constructed on or after 1 September 1984
  • All other ships of under 500 tons constructed on or after 1 February 1992

Which are intended, or which have cargo spaces which are intended for the carriage of dangerous goods on international voyages.

How long is it valid?

Cargo ship: Not more than 5 years and should not be extended beyond the expiry date of the valid Cargo Ship Safety Construction Certificate.

Passenger ship: One year and should not be extended beyond the expiry date of the valid Passenger Ship Safety Certificate.

What surveys are required?

Surveys required on cargo ships:

  • An Initial Survey
  • An Annual Survey, in conjunction with SEC or SCV survey,
  • A Renewal Survey

Passenger ships:

  • An Initial Survey
  • A Renewal Survey, in conjunction with the passanger ship survey

See the UK  Instruction to surveyors MSIS 23 chapter 9

What information is contained on the Document of Compliance for Ships Carrying Dangerous Goods in Packaged or Dry Bulk Form?

  • Name of ship
  • Distinctive number or letters:
  • Port of registry
  • Ship type
  • IMO Number (if applicable)
  • Schedule 1: A table of the dangerous goods approved for carriage and their stowage locations
  • Schedule 2 A of list the special requirements for this ship to carry dangerous goods

Click here for IMO MSC.1/Circ.1266 Carriage of dangerous goods>

imdg-code-coverWhat does the Document of Compliance Certify?

  • That the construction and equipment have been found to comply with the provisions of regulation II-2/19 of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, as amended.
  • That the ship is suitable for the carriage of those classes of dangerous goods as specified in the appendix subject that any provisions in the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code and the Code of Safe Practice for Solid Bulk Cargoes Code for individual substances, materials or articles area also being complied with.

What are Dangerous goods?

 Dangerous goods are those substances and articles, carried as cargo, which are listed or classified in the latest edition of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code.

Which dangerous goods do not require a document of compliance?

Classe 6.2 Infectious substances

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Carriage of dangerous goods in Limited Quantities.

What are limited quantities?

Limited Quantities are small amounts of some dangerous goods that can be carried on a vessel not holding a Document of compliance. In Section 18 of the General Introduction to the IMDG states on limited quantities:

“The applicable quantity limit for the inner packaging or article is specified for each substance in column 7a of the dangerous Goods list of chapter 3.2. In addition, the quantity “0” has been indicated in the column for each entry not permitted to be transported in accordance with this chapter”

Therefore, in order to determine is a small quantity of dangerous goods can be carried without at Document of Compliance the IMDG code must be referrred to.


 Schedule 1

This schedule contains simple layout diagram of a ship and a table. The table has along its vertical axis numbers corresponding to the holds and cargo spaces on the  layout, and the dangerous goods classifications down the vertical.

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Schedule 1 from UK MGN 36- Click here to view>

The boxes of the table are filled in with letter codes that signify what goods are permitted in those spaces.

P = Packaged Goods Permitted

A = Packaged & Bulk Permitted

X = Not Permitted

 

 

 


Schedule 2

This states what is required  requirements specified below are necessary for compliance with National and International Regulations. For example the UK schedule 2 in MGN 36 lists:

  • Immediate availability of water
  • Quantity of water
  • Water spray system
  • Cargo space flooding
  • Electrical arrangements
  • Fire detection system
  • Power ventilation
  • Bilge pumping
  • Protective clothing
  • Fans
  • Breathing apparatus
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Insulation

The next post in this series will pause briefly to look at the IMDG code.  


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Voyage data recorder systems-Certificate of Compliance

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A Handy Revision Guide

Another equipment related certificate, this time to the maritime equivalent to an aircraft’s ‘Black box’. 

Why is the Certificate of Compliance required?

SOLAS Chapter V Regulation 18

“The voyage data recorder system, including all sensors, shall be subjected to an annual performance test. The test shall be conducted by an approved testing or servicing facility to verify the accuracy, duration and recoverability of the recorded data. In addition, tests and inspections shall be conducted to determine the serviceability of all protective enclosures and devices fitted to aid location. A copy of the certificate of compliance issued by the testing facility, stating the date of compliance and the applicable performance standards, shall be retained on board the ship.”

Click here for Chapter V on the UK MCA website>

Which ships are required to carry a VDR or S-DVR?

SOLAS Chapter V Safety of Navigation Regulation 20- Voyage Data Recordersvdrimo

Click here for the IMO website on VDRs>

VDR

  • Passenger ships
  • Ships, other than passenger ships, of 3,000 gross tonnage and upwards constructed on or after 1 July 2002

S-VDR

Cargo ships of 3,000 gross tonnage and upward when engaged on international voyages, shall be fitted with a VDR which may be a simplified voyage data recorder

When must the performance test be carried out?

Annually within the following windows:

The maximum period between checks of the VDR is 15 months for Passenger vessels and 18 months for Cargo vessels.

What is contained on the certificate?vdrform

Reference  IMO MSC.1/Circ.1222

Ship’s Details

  • Ship’s Name
  • Flag
  • IMO Number
  • Date Keel laid
  • Gross Tonnage

Voyage Data Recorder Details

  • Manufacturer
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  • System Serial Number
  • Software version number
  • Date Fitted

Inspection Details

  • Name person conducting testing
  • Company
  • Inspection Date
  • Inspection Location
    • Pre-existing Alarms
    • Power Supply Alarm Check
    • Reserve Power Source Check
    • Reserve Power Source shut down Check
    • Battery Expiry Dates
    • Acoustic Beacon Test
    • Physical Condition of Equipment Inspect Equipment and Record Condition
    • Interfaces: Operation and recording
    • Change or Repair of Sensors

Manufacturer’s Analysis

Observations and additional manufacturer’s requirements

What is a S-VDR?

A Simplified Voyage Data Recorder.This  is not required to store the same level of detailed data as a standard VDR, but nonetheless should maintain a store, in a secure and retrievable form, of information concerning the position, movement, physical status, command and control of a vessel over the period leading up to and following an incident

Items to be record on Voyage Data Recorder

Reference IMO Performance Standard (Res. A.861(20))

VDR

  • Date & time
  • Ship’s position
  • Speed (through water or over ground)
  • Heading
  • Bridge Audio
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  • Radar data- post display selection
  •  Water depth
  •  Main alarms
  •  Rudder order & response
  • Engine order & response
  • Telegraphs, controls and thrusters
  •  Hull openings status
  •  Watertight & fire door status
  •  Acceleration & hull stresses- when fitted
  •  Wind speed & direction-when fitted

S-VDR

  • Date and time
  • Ship’s position m
  • Speed (Through the water or over the ground)
  •  Heading
  •  Bridge Audio
  • Communications audio  VHF communications
  • Radar data
  • AIS Data  AIS to be recorded if it is impossible to record radar data. If radar is recorded AIS may be recorded as an additional source of information

Some VDR links


GMDSS Users Handbook on Amazon

This book by Denise Bréhaut is is available in both paperback and Kindle editions, with a good discount for the electronic edition.  It has 4* reviews on Amazon , with some stating it is perfect accompaniment to the GMDSS qualifications. There have been some reviews claiming that the book is in need of an update, so have a look at the reviews, and judge which elements of the system you may have to top up your reading  with.  Click here to see the book on Amazon>

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LRIT- Conformance Test Report

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Long-Range Identification and Tracking

A revision guide to the Conformance Test Report

Filling the certification gaps in these posts with another communications equipment related document.

What is LRIT?

Long-Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) system, a system that enables the global identification and tracking of ships using existing  GMDSS equipment on board (INMARSAT-C).

A ship’s LRIT equipment must transmit position reports at 6-hour intervals unless a more frequent interval is requested remotely by an LRIT Data Center.

Click here for the IMO webpage on LRIT>

Why is the report required?

It us required under SOLAS chapter V Regulation 19.

Click here for the UK MCA copy of chapter V>

Which ships are required to carry LRIT?

The following ships engaged on international voyages:

  • Passenger ships
  • Cargo ships of 300 gross tonnage and upwards
  • Mobile offshore drilling units

How often must a vessel have a LRIT Conformance Test?

The LRIT conformance test certificate has no expiry date as long as the equipment remains the same. A retest may be required when:

  • A vessel changes or upgrades the LRIT equipment
  • A vessel changes flags

Note: ships shall automatically transmit the following long-range identification and tracking information:

  • The identity of the ship
  • The position of the ship
  • The date and time of the position provided.

What information is contained on the Conformance Test Report?

Ref: MSC.1/Circ.1307

  • Name of ship
  • Port of Registry
  • Distinctive number or letters
  • IMO number
  • Maritime Mobile Service Identifier
  • Gross Tonnage
  • Sea areas in which the ship is certified to operate
  • Sea areas for which this report is valid
  • Application Service Provider conducting the test
  • Details of the shipborne equipment used to transmit LRIT information (e.g., maker model, serial number and shipborne equipment identifier)

What does the report certify?

  • That the equipment has been found to meet the requirement of the provision of regulations V/19-1.6 and V/19-1.7
  • Is of a type approved by the Administration and meets the required performance standards
  • Has undergone conformance testing in accordance with the procedures and provisions set out in MSC.1/Circ.1307, and has shown that it can operate within the tolerances of the acceptance criteria stated in the circular.

Where to find more information on LRIT

UK MCA MGN 441 Changes to MCA’s 2002 SOLAS V Publication, Arising out of Amendments to SOLAS Chapter V>.

USCG LRIT frequently asked questions>

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International Ballast Water Management Certificate- A handy guide

Controlling the spread of invasive species

Enters into force on 8 September 2017

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“The spread of invasive species is now recognized as one of the greatest threats to the ecological and the economic well being of the planet.” IMO website

Bringing up the rear of this section on ship certification posts is the newest of the the documents. It has been a long time in development and ratification, but at last is now entering force in September of 2017.

Why is an International Ballast Water Management Certificate required?

It will be required under the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships‘ Ballast Water and Sediments.

Two suggested links:

Two definitions from the Convention:

Ballast Water “ means water with its suspended matter taken on board a ship to control trim, list, draught, stability or stresses of the ship.

Harmful Aquatic Organisms and Pathogens “ means aquatic organisms or pathogens which,  if introduced into the sea including estuaries, or into fresh water courses, may create hazards to the environment, human health, property or resources, impair biological diversity or interfere with other legitimate uses of such areas.

Which ships require the certificate

Ships of 400 gross tonnage and above.

What information is contained on an International Ballast Water Management Certificate?

  • Particulars of ship
    • Name of ship
    • Distinctive number or letters
    • Port of registry
    • Gross Tonnage
    • IMO number
    • Date of Construction
  • Ballast information
    • Ballast Water Capacity (in cubic metres)
    • Details of Ballast Water Management Method(s) Used
    • Method of Ballast Water Management used
    • Date installed (if applicable)
    • Name of manufacturer (if applicable)
    • The principal Ballast Water Management method(s) employed on this ship is/are:
      • In accordance with regulation D-1
      • In accordance with regulation D-2
      • The ship is subject to regulation D-4
  • Validity
  • Certificate is validity
  • Survey dates
  • Issued

What Surveys are required?

Reference Regulation E-1 Surveys

Ships of 400 gross tonnage and above to which this Convention applies, excluding floating platforms, FSUs and FPSOs:

An initial survey before the ship is put in service or before the Certificate is issued for the first time.

An intermediate survey within three months before or after the second Anniversary date or within three months before or after the third Anniversary date of the Certificate

An annual survey within three months before or after each Anniversary date

An additional survey either general or partial,after a change, replacement, or significant repair of the structure, equipment, systems, fittings, arrangements and material necessary to achieve full compliance with this Convention

What inspections may be carried out?

  • In a port or offshore terminal of another inspections to determine whether the ship is in compliance with this Convention. This inspection will normally be limited to:
  • Verifying that there is onboard a valid Certificate
  • Inspection of the Ballast Water record book
  • A sampling of the ship‘s Ballast Water. However, the time required to analyse the samples shall not be used as a basis for unduly delaying the operation, movement or departure of the ship.

What ballast water standards must be met?

After 8th September ships must comply with one of the following. D1 can only be used up to the renewal of the IOPP certificate. See IMO  Resolution  A1.088(28) for more information.

Regulation D-1 Ballast Water Exchange Standard
This requires Ballast Water exchange  with an efficiency of at least 95 percent volumetric exchange of Ballast Water. For ships exchanging Ballast Water by the pumping-through method, pumping through three times the volume of each Ballast Water tank shall be considered to meet the standard

Regulation D-2 Ballast Water Performance Standard

This sets standards according to the number of  viable organisms per cubic metre.  The standard also states what microbes must be included in the test as indicators.

 

Regulation D-4 fives a five year exemption to Prototype Ballast Water Treatment Technologies.

What documents must be carried with the certificate?

 

Each ship shall have on board and implement a Ballast Water Management plan. Such a plan shall be approved by the Administration

Each ship shall have on board a Ballast Water record book that may be an electronic record system, or that may be integrated into another record book or system.

 

Some useful Ballast water links


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Engine International air pollution prevention Certificate-A Handy Guide

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The EIAPP- Certifying the engines

The last two posts in this series covered certificates that are concerned with reducing air pollution from a ship, this post delves deeper into the subject by considering reducing pollution from individual diesel engines.

What is the EIAPP Certificate?

It is the Engine International air pollution prevention Certificate. It is a certificate issued for a marine diesel engine. The EIAPP Certificate shall accompany the engine throughout its life and shall be available on board the ship at all times.

Why is an EIAPP required?

It is required by Technical Code on Control of Emission of Nitrogen Oxides from Marine Diesel Engines made mandatory by Annex VI of MARPOL.

Which engines require an EIAPP?

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  • h marine diesel engine with a power output of more than 130 kW installed on a ship
  • Each marine diesel engine with a power output of more than 130 kW which undergoes a major conversion on or after 1 January 2000 except when demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Administration that such engine is an identical replacement to the engine which it is replacing.

The following engines do not require an EIAPP

  • A diesel engine intended to be used solely for emergencies, or solely to power any device or equipment intended to be used solely for emergencies on the ship on which it is installed
  • A marine diesel engine installed in lifeboats intended to be used solely for emergencies
  • A marine diesel engine installed on a ship solely engaged in voyages within waters subject to the sovereignty or jurisdiction of the State the flag of which the ship is entitled to fly, provided that such engine is subject to an alternative NOx control measure established by the Administration

What does the EIAPP certify?

That a marine diesel engine has been surveyed for pre-certification in accordance with the requirements of the revised Technical Code on Control of Emission of Nitrogen Oxides.

That the pre-certification survey shows that the engine, its components, adjustable features, and Technical File, prior to the engine’s installation and/or service on board a ship, fully comply with the applicable regulation 13 of Annex VI of MARPOL.

How long is an EIAPP valid?

For the life of the engine subject to surveys in accordance with regulation 5 of Annex VI of the Convention.

What information is contained on the EIAPP Certificate?

The certificate contains a table with the following headings

  • Engine
  • Manufacturer
  • Model number
  • Serial number
  • Test cycle(s)
  • Rated power (kW) and speed (RPM)
  • Engine approval number

What document must be attached to the EIAPP?

The Supplement to engine international air pollution prevention certificate.

The Supplement to engine international air pollution prevention certificate 

This documents full name is the ‘Record of construction, technical file and means of verification supplement to the engine international air pollution prevention certificate (EIAPP Certificate)’.

The Record and its attachments shall be permanently attached to the EIAPP Certificate.

What Sections does the record contain?

  • Particulars of the technical file
  • Particulars of the engine
  • Specifications for the on-board NOx verification procedures for the engine parameter survey

What Particulars of the technical file are recorded?

  • Technical File identification/approval number
  • Technical File approval date

What Particulars of the engine are recorded?

  • Name and address of manufacturer
  • Place of engine build
  • Date of engine build
  • Place of pre-certification survey
  • Date of pre-certification survey
  • Engine type and model number
  • Engine serial number
  • If applicable, engine group details.
  • Approval reference
  • Rated power (kW) and rated speed (rpm) values or ranges
  • Test cycle(s)
  • Parent Engine(s) test fuel oil specification
  • Applicable NOx emission limit (g/kWh
  • Parent Engine(s) emission value (g/kWh)

What Specifications for the on-board NOx verification procedures for the engine parameter survey are contained?

  • Engine Parameter Check method:
    • Identification/approval number
    • Approval date
  • Direct Measurement and Monitoring method:
    • Identification/approval number
    • Approval date

What additional document must always accompany an engine?

The Technical File as required by chapter 2 of the NO x Technical Code, must always accompany an engine throughout its life and always be available on board a ship. It forms an integral part of the EAIPP certification.

With this EIAPP post the subject of air pollution certification is completed, to clarify the variety of certification involved here is the three key pieces of documentation required to proved compliance with MARPOL Annex VI

For the Really Handy Range of Revision Books-Click here>

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International Energy Efficiency (IEE) Certificate

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A handy revision guide to the International Energy Efficiency (IEE) Certificate

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Saving fuel to save the environment

This certificate forms the second aspect of reducing air pollution, that is reducing fuel consumption.

Why is it required?

It is required by regulation 5.4 of Annex VI of MARPOL.

What information is contained on the certificate?

Particulars of ship

  • Name of ship
  • Distinctive number or letters
  • Port of registry
  • Gross tonnage
  • IMO Number

Dates of Survey

What does it certify?

That the ship has been surveyed in accordance with regulation 5.4 of Annex VI of the Convention; and That the survey shows that the ship complies with the applicable requirements in regulation 20, regulation 21 and regulation 22.

What must be attached to the certificate?

Supplement to the International Energy Efficiency Certificate, a Record of construction relating to energy efficiency.

Supplement to the International Energy Efficiency Certificate

A Record of construction relating to energy efficiency.

What is contained in the supplement?

Particulars of ship

  • Name of ship
  • IMO number
  • Date of building contract
  • Gross tonnage
  • Deadweight
  • Type of ship

Propulsion system

  • Diesel propulsion
  • Diesel-electric propulsion
  • Turbine propulsion
  • Hybrid propulsion
  • Propulsion system other than any of the above

Attained Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI)

The Attained EEDI is:     grams-CO2/tonne-mile

A statement on why the Attained EEDI is not calculated:

  • The ship is exempt under regulation 20.1 as it is not a new ship as defined in regulation  2.23
  • The type of propulsion system is exempt in accordance with regulation 19.3
  • The requirement of regulation 20 is waived by the ship’s Administration in accordance with regulation 19.4
  • The type of ship is exempt in accordance with regulation 20.1

Required EEDI

  • Required EEDI is:       grams-CO2/tonne-mile
  • Or a statement on why the  EEDI is not applicable as:
    • The ship is exempt under regulation 21.1 as it is not a new ship as defined in regulation 2.23
    • The type of propulsion system is exempt in accordance with regulation 19.3
    • The requirement of regulation 21 is waived by the ship’s Administration in accordance with regulation 19.4
    • The type of ship is exempt in accordance with regulation 21.1
    • The ship’s capacity is below the minimum capacity threshold in Table 1 of regulation 21.1

Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan

A statement that the ship is provided with a Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) in compliance with regulation 22

Click here for MEPC.213(63) Guidelines for development of the Energy Efficiency Management Plan

EEDI technical file

  • A statement that the IEE Certificate is accompanied by the EEDI technical file in compliance with regulation 20.1
  •  The EEDI technical file identification/verification number
  • The EEDI technical file verification date

What is a technical file?

A Technical File is a record containing all details of parameters, including component and settings of an engine, which may influence the NOx emission of the engine, in accordance with 2.4 of the NOx TECHNICAL CODE (2008).

Click here for the IMO web pages on measures to prevent air pollution>

What is EEDI?

Energy Efficiency Design Index, a specific figure for an individual ship design, expressed in grams of carbon dioxide (CO2) per ship’s capacity-mile (the smaller the EEDI the more energy efficient ship design) and is calculated by a formula based on the technical design parameters for a given ship.

Click here for MEPC.212(63) Guidelines on the method of calculation of EEDI>

Click here for UK MGN 462 Entry into force of the Energy Efficiency Design Index>

Click here for UK guidance to Surveyors MSIS 23 Chapter 17>

Click here for UK MSN 1818 Prevention of air pollution from ships>


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International Air Pollution Prevention Certificate

Navsregs>Ship Certification>IAPP

Here is the first of two ship certificates associated the last Annex of MARPOL; an annex  that aims to reduce pollution of the air above vessels.

For those visiting this blog for the first time, here is a link of where to find information about ship certification on other websites.

A Handy Revision Guide

IAPPC keeping the air clean

This is the final part of environmental protection contained within MARPOL. Clean air is the topic of Annex VI of the Convention.

 Click here for the IMO page on air pollution>

Why is the certificate required?

 

Regulation 5 of Annex VI of MARPOL.

 

Which ships must carry the certificate?

Every ship of 400 gross tonnage and above.

What emissions are covered by the certificate?

  • Ozone depleting substances 
  • Nitrogen oxides 
  • Sulphur oxides (SOx) and particulates
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
  • Shipboard incineration 

 What Surveys are required?

  • An initial survey
  • A renewal survey at intervals not exceeding five years
  • An intermediate survey
  • An annual survey
  • An additional survey

What information in contained on the certificate?

Particulars of ship

  • Name of ship
  • Distinctive number or letters
  • Port of registry
  • Gross tonnage
  • IMO Number
  • A statement that the survey shows that the equipment, systems, fittings, arrangements and materials fully comply with the applicable requirements of Annex VI of MARPOL
  • Completion date of survey on which the Certificate is based

The Supplement to the IAPP certificate

This must be attached to the Certificate, and contains sections on:

1 Particulars of ship

 

2 Control of emissions from ships

2.1 Ozone depleting substances (regulation 12)

This includes a system list

 

2.2 Nitrogen oxides (NOx) (regulation 13)

This includes atable of marine diesel engines with their tiers

 

2.3 Sulphur oxides (SOx) and particulate matter (regulation 14)

2.4 Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) (regulation 15)

This includes details of any Vapour collection system and the  VOC plan

 

2.5 Shipboard incineration (regulation 16)

2.6 Equivalents (regulation 4)

 

What record book is required to be kept?

Each ship  which has rechargeable systems that contain ozone depleting substances shall maintain an Ozone Depleting Substances Record Book.

What engines are require compliance with the NOX regulations?

Marine diesel engines with a power output of more than 130 kW installed on a ship, but does apply to  diesel engine intended to be used solely for emergencies, or solely to power any device or equipment intended to be used solely for emergencies on the ship on which it is installed, or installed on the ship’s lifeboats.

 

What is the tier of an engine?

 

The ‘Tier’ is the NOX weight per per KWH and is dependent on the date of construction of a ship  and its operating area

 

  • Tier I   2000-2011
  • Tier II 2011 after
  • Tier III in an emission control area 

 Click here for the IMO page on NOX emissions>

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Click here for the IMO page on Emmision Control areas>

Some handy links

MSN 1819 Prevention of air pollution from ships

MGN 386 Survey and Certification Requirements for the Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships) Regulations 2008 – Additional Guidance  

 US EPA guidelines

European Commision webpage on marine air pollution

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​International pollution prevention certificate for the carriage of noxious liquid substances in bulk- A handy guide

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The NLS certificate- Carrying chemicals

This blog now returns to exploring the environmental themed certificates with a document related to carrying chemicals in bulk. 

Why is it required?

It is required by MARPOL Annex II marpol

What does it certify?

  • That the ship has been surveyed in accordance with regulation 8 of Annex II of MARPOL
  • That the survey showed that the structure, equipment, systems, fitting, arrangements and material of the ship and the condition thereof are in all respects satisfactory and that the ship complies with the applicable requirements of Annex II of MARPOL
  • That the ship has been provided with a Procedures and Arrangements Manual as required by regulation 14 of Annex II of MAROL and that the arrangements and equipment of the ship prescribed in the Manual are in all respects satisfactory.
  • That the ship complies with the requirements of Annex II to MARPOL 73/78 for the carriage in bulk of  liquid substances listed on the certificate.

What information is shown on the certificate?

  • Particulars of ship
  • Name of ship
  • Distinctive number or letters
  • IMO Number
  • Port of registry
  • Gross tonnage
  • A table with the headings :
    • Noxious Liquid substances
    • Conditions of carriage,  (Tank numbers etc)
    • Pollution category

The NLS Certificate shall be at least in English, French or Spanish.

What are the survey requirements to maintain the certificate?

An initial survey before the ship is put in service or before the Certificate required  is issued for the first time. and which shall include a complete survey of its structure, equipment, systems, fittings, arrangements  to ensure  they  fully comply with the requirements of Annex. II

A renewal survey
at intervals  not exceeding 5 years. The renewal survey shall be such as to ensure that the structure, equipment, systems, fittings, arrangements and material fully comply with applicable requirements of the Annex.

An intermediate survey within 3 months before or after the second anniversary date or within 3 months before or after the third anniversary date of the Certificate. The intermediate survey shall be such as to ensure that the equipment and associated pump and piping systems fully comply with the applicable requirements of this Annex and are in good working order.

An annual survey within 3 months before or after each anniversary date of the Certificate including a general inspection of the structure, equipment, systems, fittings, arrangements and material  to ensure that they have been maintained  and that they remain satisfactory for the service for which the ship is intended.

 An additional survey whenever any important repairs or renewals are made. The survey shall be such as to ensure that the necessary repairs or renewals have been effectively made, that the material and workmanship of such repairs or renewals are in all respects satisfactory and that the ship complies in all respects with the requirements of the Annex

What other documents are required?

  • Cargo Record Book for Ships Carrying Noxious Liquid Substances in Bulk
  • Procedures and Arrangements Manual

What other International Regulations cover the carriage of chemicals in bulk?

Carriage of chemicals in bulk is covered by regulations in SOLAS Chapter VII – Carriage of dangerous goods

This requires compliance with the International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Shipibccodes carrying Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk (IBC Code)

Click here for the IMO page on the IBC code>

What are the pollution categories?

Category X: Noxious Liquid Substances which, if discharged into the sea from tank cleaning or deballasting operations, are deemed to present a major hazard to either marine resources or human health and, therefore, justify the prohibition of the discharge into the marine environment.marinepollutant

Category Y: Noxious Liquid Substances which, if discharged into the sea from tank cleaning or deballasting operations, are deemed to present a hazard to either marine resources or human health or cause harm to amenities or other legitimate uses of the sea and therefore justify a limitation on the quality and quantity of the discharge into the marine environment.

Category Z: Noxious Liquid Substances which, if discharged into the sea from tank cleaning or deballasting operations, are deemed to present a minor hazard to either marine resources or human health and therefore justify less stringent restrictions on the quality and quantity of the discharge into the marine environment.

Note:  Noxious liquid substance means any substance indicated in the Pollution Category column of chapter 17 or 18 of the International Bulk Chemical Code or provisionally assessed under the provisions of regulation 6.3 as falling into category X, Y or Z.

Useful links

Click here for UK guidance on pollution prevention>

Click here for UK guidance for Surveyors on Annex II>

Click here for the text of MARPOL Annex II as contained in MEPEC 118 (52)>



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ISM certification- A handy guide

Navsregs>Ship Certification>CSR

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Time to go backwards in this series of posts to fill a gap. The exploration of environmental related certificates will be put on pause whilst the ISM certificates are covered, certificates that should have appeared within the managing ship section of the blog.

The ISM code’s full name is ‘The International Management Code for the Safe Operation of Ships and for Pollution Prevention‘. The ISM Code provides an international standard for the safe management and operation of ships and for pollution prevention.

Click here for the IMO ISM webpage>IMO

What  Certificates must be held?

Ships must hold two ISM certificates:

  • Document of compliance- Issued to the Company
  • Safety Management Certificate -Issued to the vessel

Click here for the IMO guidlines for implimentation of the code> Resolution A.1071(28)

Why are the certificates required?

The requirement for these certificates arise from  SOLAS Chapter IX, Management for the Safe Operation of Ships’.

Document of Compliance (DOC)

The  “Document of Compliance” (DOC) is issued to a Company which complies with the requirements of the ISM Code following  verification of compliance with the requirements of the ISM Code.

How long is the DOC valid?
The DOC is valid for a period of five years and subject to annual verification within three months before or after the anniversary date to confirm the effective functioning of the SMS.

What is a SMS?

A Safety Management System means a structured and documented system enabling Company personnel to implement effectively the Company safety and environmental protection policy.

What information is contained on the document?

  • Name and address of Company
  • Types of ship
    • Passenger ship
    • Passenger high-speed craft
    • Cargo high-speed craft
    • Bulk carrier
    • Oil tanker
    • Chemical tanker
    • Gas carrier
    • Mobile offshore drilling unit
    • Other cargo ship
  • Validity date

Safety Management Certificate (SMC)

Safety Management Certificate (SMC) means a document issued to a ship, which signifies that the Company and its shipboard management operate in accordance with the approved Safety Management System; it is a certificate issued to an individual ship.

SMC should be issued to a ship following an initial verification of compliance with the requirements of the ISM Code. The SMC is valid for a period of five years.

The validity of the SMC is subject to at least one intermediate verification, confirming the effective functioning of the SMS, and that any modifications carried out since the previous verification comply with the requirements of the ISM Code.

What information is contained on the certificate?

  • Name of ship
  • Distinctive numbers or letters
  • Port of registry
  • Type of ship
  • Gross tonnage
  • IMO Number
  • Name of ship
  • Name and address of Company:
  • Validity date

Click here for  ‘MSIS 2 The ISM Code‘,  UK MCAs guidance for surveyors>


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The International Oil Pollution Certificate- A handy guide

Navsregs>Ship Certification>IOPP
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This is the first of the environmental related certificates to be covered in this series of posts on ship certification.

IOPP- Keeping oil out of the water

Why is it required?

It is required by MARPOL Annex 1- Regulations for the Prevention of Pollution by oil, Regulation 6.

Click here for the IMO MARPOL page>australiangov

Click here for a copy of the text from the Australian goverment website>

The UK regulations are stated in SI 1996 No. 2154, The Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Oil Pollution) Regulations 1996.

Which ships require an IOPP?

Oil tankers of 150 GT and above and other ships of 400 GT and above

“Oil tanker means a ship constructed or adapted primarily to carry oil in bulk in its cargo spaces and includes combination carriers, any ”NLS tanker” as defined in Annex II of the present convention, and any gas carrier as defined in regulation 3.20 of chapter II-1 of SOLAS 74 (as Amended), when carrying a cargo or part cargo of oil in bulk” MARPOL Regulation 1

What surveys are required?

  • Initial survey
  • Renewal survey every 5 years
  • Intermediate survey not earlier than six months before and not later than six months after the half-way date of the period of validity of the Certificate
  • Annual survey within 3 months before or after each anniversary date of the Certificate

What must the certificate be supplemented by?

A  Record of Construction and Equipment

What is contained on the certificate?

Particulars of ship

  • Name of ship
  • Distinctive number or letters
  • Port of registry
  • Gross tonnage
  • Deadweight of the ship
  • IMO Number

Type of ship:

  • Oil tanker
  • Ship other than an oil tanker

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What does the certificate signify?

That the ship has been surveyed in accordance with regulation 6 of Annex I of the Convention.

That the survey shows that the structure, equipment, systems, fittings, arrangement and material of the ship and the condition thereof are in all respects satisfactory and that the ship complies with the applicable requirements of Annex I of the Convention.

The next post will cover the two supplementry documents to the IOPP, documents that give an excellent indication on what areas of a ship will be inspected a during an IOPP survey.


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