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Supplement to the International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate-A handy guide

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Supplement to the IOPP- The equipment listed

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These Records will be permanently attached to the IOPP Certificate  and form a useful guide to the scope of an IOPP survey. This post lists the main headings of the supplement and gives the relevant MARPOL annex 1 reference.

Two formats for this supplement exist:

  • FORM A-Record of Construction and equipment for ships other than oil tankers
  • FORM B- Record of Construction and equipment for oil tankers

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FORM A-Record of Construction and equipment for ships other than oil tankers

  •  Particulars of ship
  • Equipment for the control of oil discharge from machinery space bilges and oil fuel tanks(MARPOL regulations 16 and 14)
  •  Means for retention and disposal of oil residues (sludge) (MARPOL regulation 12) and oily bilge water holding tank(s)
  • Standard discharge connection( MARPOL regulation 13)
  •  Shipboard oil/marine pollution emergency plan (MARPOL regulation 37)
  •  Equivalents (MARPOL regulation 5)

FORM B- Record of Construction and equipment for oil tankers

  • Particulars of ship
  • Equipment for the control of oil discharge from machinery space bilges and oil fuel tanks (MARPOL regulations 16 and 14)
  •  Means for retention and disposal of oil residues (sludge) (MARPOL regulation 12) and oily bilge water holding tank(s)
  • Standard Discharge connection (MARPOL regulation 13)
  •  Construction (MARPOL regulations 18, 19, 20, 23, 26, 27 and 28)
  • Segregated Ballast
  • Double hull and double bottoms
  • Accidental outflow protection
  • Limitations of size and arrangements of cargo tanks
  • Intact stability
  • Subdivision and damage stability
  • Crude oil washing
  • Retention of oil on board (MARPOL regulations 29, 31 and 32)
  •  Pumping, piping and discharge arrangements (MARPOL regulation 30)
  •  Shipboard oil/marine pollution emergency plan (MARPOL regulation 37)
  •  Ship-to-ship oil transfer operations at sea (MARPOL regulation 41)
  • Exemptions
  • Equivalents (MARPOL regulation 5)

For some useful guidance see:  UK MCA guidance on survey and certification (MSIS 23)

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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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Safety Radio Certificate for Cargo Ships- a handy guide

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Raising the alarm

The last of the trio of SOLAS cargo ship safety certificates is the subject of this post,  the Safety Radio Certificate.

Why is it required?

It is required by SOLAS Chapter 1  regulation 9 – Surveys of Radio Installations of Cargo Ships.

The details of requirements for equipment is contained in SOLAS Chapter IV – Radiocommunications.

Which ships require it?

Cargo ships of 300 gross and above.

What information does it contain?

  • 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 on which keel was laid or ship was at a similar stage of construction or, where applicable, date on which work for a conversion or an alteration or modification of a major character was commenced
  • Completion date of the survey on which this certificate is based

What does it certify?

  • That the ship has been surveyed in accordance with the requirements of regulation I/9 of the Convention.
  • That the survey showed that:
    • The ship complied with the requirements of the Convention as regards radio installations
    • The functioning of the radio installations used in life-saving appliances complied with the requirements of the Convention.
  • That an Exemption Certificate has/has not been issued.

What form should be attached?

A Record of Equipment for the Cargo Ship Safety Radio Certificate (Form R)

What Surveys are required?

  • An initial survey before the ship is put in service;
  • A renewal survey at intervals specified by the Administration but not exceeding five years
  • A periodical survey within three months before or after each anniversary date of the Cargo Ship Safety Radio Certificate

Some useful links

UK MGN 392 Radio survey service authorisation

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IMO SOLAS webpage  IMO

INMARSAT  GMDSS web pageinmarsat

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Cargo ship safety equipment certificate-A record of equipment (Form E)

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The SEC extra information

Added to the cargo ship safely equipment certificate is a document that is of great use to ship’s personnel preparing for surveys. This is Form E, a form that lists the equipment the surveyor will be looking for. This post is a summary of the equipment listed on the form. 

Details of life-saving appliances

Lifeboats

  • Total number of persons for which life-saving appliances are provided
  • Total number of davit launched lifeboats
  • Total number of persons accommodated by them
  •  Number of self-righting partially enclosed lifeboats (regulation III/431)
  • Number of totally enclosed lifeboats (regulation III/31 and LSA Code, section 4.6)
  • Number of lifeboats with a self-contained air support system (regulation III/31 and LSA Code, section 4.8)
  •  Number of fire-protected lifeboats (regulation III/31 and LSA Code, section 4.9)
  •  Other lifeboats
  • Total number of free-fall lifeboats
  • Total number of persons accommodated by them
  •  Number of motor lifeboats (included in the total lifeboats)
  •  Number of lifeboats fitted with searchlights
  •  Number of rescue boats
  •  Number of boats which are included in the total lifeboats

Liferafts

  • Number of persons accommodated by them
  • Those for which approved launching appliances are not required
  • Those for which approved launching appliances are required Number of liferafts

Other LSA

  •  Number of lifebuoys
  •  Number of lifejackets
  •  Immersion suits
  •  Total number
  • Number of suits complying with the requirements for lifejackets
  • Number of anti-exposure suits

Radio installations used in life-saving appliances

  •  Number of search and rescue locating devices
  • Radar search and rescue transponders (SART)
  •  AIS search and rescue transmitters (AIS-SART)
  • Number of two-way VHF radiotelephone apparatus

Details of navigational systems and equipment

Compasses

  • Standard magnetic compass
  •  Spare magnetic compass
  • Gyro-compass
  •  Gyro-compass heading repeater
  • Gyro-compass bearing repeater
  •  Heading or track control system
  • Pelorus or compass bearing device
  • Means of correcting heading and bearings
  • Transmitting heading device (THD)

Charts and publications

  • Nautical charts/Electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS)
  • Back-up arrangements for ECDIS
  • Nautical publications
  • Back-up arrangements for electronic nautical publications

Position fixing

Receiver for a global navigation satellite system/terrestrial radionavigation system

Radar

  •  9 GHz radar
  • Second radar (3 GHz/9 GHz3)
  • Automatic radar plotting aid (ARPA)
  • Automatic tracking aid
  • Second automatic tracking aid
  • Electronic plotting aid

Other navigation systems

  •  Automatic identification system (AIS)
  • Long-range identification and tracking system
  • Voyage data recorder (VDR)
  • Simplified voyage data recorder (S-VDR)
  • Speed and distance measuring device (through the water)
  • Speed and distance measuring device (over the ground in the forward and athwartships direction)
  • Echo-sounding device
  • Rudder, propeller, thrust, pitch and operational mode indicator
  • Rate-of-turn indicator
  •  Sound reception system
  •  Telephone to emergency steering position
  • Daylight signalling lamp
  •  Radar reflector
  • International Code of Signals
  •  IAMSAR Manual, Volume III
  • Bridge navigational watch alarm system (BNWAS)

 

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Cargo ship safety equipment certificate- A handy guide

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The SEC, ensuring a ship has the correct safety equipment

What does the Cargo Ship Safety equipment Certificate cover?

  • Fire safety systems
  • Life saving appliances
  • Navigational equipment
  • Pilot embarkation arrangements
  • Nautical publications
  • Lights and shapes
  • Sound signals
  • Distress signals

Why is it required?

SOLAS chapter Regulation 8 – Surveys of Life-Saving Appliances and other Equipment of Cargo Ships.
Which ships require the certificate?

Cargo ships of 500 gross tons or more on international voyages.

What does the certificate signify?

  •  That  the  ship  has  been  surveyed  in  accordance  with  the  requirements  of  regulation  I/8  of  SOLAS
  •  The  ship  complied  with  the  requirements  of  the  Convention  as  regards  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 the Convention
  • The  ship  was  provided  with  a  line-throwing  appliance  and  radio  installations  used  in  lifesaving appliances in accordance with the requirements of the Convention
  • The  ship  complied  with  the  requirements  of  the  Convention  as  regards  shipborne navigational equipment, means of embarkation for pilots and nautical publications
  • The  ship  was  provided  with  lights,  shapes  and  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 force
  • The ship complied  in all other respects the ship complied with the relevant requirements of the Convention

 

What details are found on the certificate?



Particulars of the ship

  • Name of ship
  • Distinctive number or letters
  • Port of registry
  • Gross tonnage
  • Deadweight of ship (metric tons)
  • Length of ship
  • IMO Number

Type of ship

  • Bulk carrier
  • Oil tanker
  • Chemical tanker
  • Gas carrier
  • Cargo ship other than any of the above


Build details

  • 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)


Dates of inspections and survey

  • Date of survey
  • Dates of last two inspections of the outside of the ship’s bottom
  • Endorsement for annual and intermediate surveys
  • Endorsement for inspections of the outside of the ship’s bottom

 


 

What additional document is held with the certificate?

A record of equipment. This lists the number of LSA items carried, and is a useful document for preparing for survey.

See UK The Merchant Shipping (Survey and Certification) Regulations 2015

What surveys are required to maintain the certificate?

 

  • An initial survey before the ship is put into service
  • A renewal survey-Maximum of 5 years
  • An intermediate survey- within three months before or after the second or third anniversary date of a Cargo Ship Safety Construction Certificate
  • An annual survey- within three months before or after each anniversary date of the ship’s Cargo Ship Safety Construction Certificate
  • Inspections of the ship’s bottom- two inspections of the ship’s bottom to take place out of the water within any five year period, and at intervals not exceeding 36 months.


 

A good reference is the UK’s MSN 1751 Harmonised System of Survey and Certification (HSSC)

What equipment is covered in a survey?

LSA

  • Lifeboats, davits and winches
  • Inflatable boats
  • Rescue boats
  • Liferafts
  • Lifejackets
  • Immersion suits and TPAs

Distress signals

  • Rockets and signals
  • Hand held VHFs
  • EXPIRBs
  • SARTs
  • Signal lantern

Navigational equipment

  • Echo sounder
  • Gyro compass
  • Magnetic compass
  • Sound signals
  • Shapes
  • Navigational lights

Fire fighting

  • Fire control plans
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fixed fire systems
  • IG systems
  • Fireman’s outfits
  • Fire detection and alarm system

Power

  • Emergency controls
  • Emergency power supply

Miscellaneous

  • Stability data
  • Pilot ladder

 


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The Maritime labour Certificate- A handy guide

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The MLC-Protecting the crew’s working conditions

Why us it required?

The Maritime Labour Convention, 2006  issued by the International Labour Organisation.

For UK guidance see MGN 470

What ships require the certificate?

Ships of 500 GT or over, engaged in international voyages.

What information is contained on the document?

  • Name of ship
  • Distinctive number of letters
  • Port of registry
  • Date of registry
  • Gross tonnage
  • IMO number
  • Type of ship Name and address of shipowner

What does it certify?

That the ship has been inspected and verified to be in compliance with the requirements of the international labour convention.

What other document must be attached to the certificate?

A Declaration of maritime labour compliance

How long is the certificate valid?

For a maximum of five years

What inspections are required?

A renewal inspection every five years

An intermediate inspection, if the certificate is five years, it shall take place between the second and third anniversary dates of the certificate.

What areas are covered by an inspection?

  • Minimum age
  • Medical certification
  • Qualifications of seafarers
  • Seafarers’ employment agreements
  • Use of any licensed or certified or regulated private recruitment and placement
    service
  • Hours of work or rest
  • Manning levels for the ship
  • Accommodation
  • On-board recreational facilities
  • Food and catering
  • Health and safety and accident prevention
  • On-board medical care
  •  On-board complaint procedures
  • Payment of wages

What does the Declaration of maritime labour compliance state?

That the national requirements implementing the Convention, setting out the measures adopted by the shipowner to ensure compliance.

What are the two parts of the Declaration of maritime labour compliance?

  • Part I :Drawn up by the competent authority (Flag state)
  • Part II: Drawn up by the shipowner

What is contained within part 1 of the Declaration of maritime labour compliance?

  • Identify the list of matters to be inspected
  • Identify the national requirements embodying the relevant provisions of the
    Convention.
  • Refer to ship-type specific requirements under national legislation
  • Record any substantially equivalent provisions adopted
  • Clearly indicate any exemption granted by the competent authority

What is contained within part II of the Declaration of maritime labour compliance?

The measures adopted to ensure ongoing compliance with the national requirements between inspections and the measures proposed to ensure that there is continuous improvement.

For more information

Seafarer’s Rights website

UK’s MGN 1848 Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 Survey and Certification of UK Ships


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Cargo Ship Safety Certificates- A Really Handy Guide

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And now this blog moves on to some of the certificates covering vessel safety. 

Keeping the vessel safe

These certificates cover the most important elements of Cargo vessel safety. Cargo ships have two methods of achieving this certification, each method having different certificates.

What are the two options of cargo ship safety certification?

1. Separate certificates covering:

2. A combined Cargo Ship Safety Certificate covering all three areas

Passenger ships certification will be covered in a later post.

Why are these required?

They are required by SOLAS chapters II-1, II-2, III, IV and V

The Cargo ship safety construction certificate

What does the Cargo Ship Safety Construction Certificate cover?

The structure, machinery and equipment of the ship , other than items included in the Cargo Ship Safety Equipment Certificate and a Cargo Ship Safety Radio Certificate.

Why is it required?

SOLAS chapter 1 regulation 10 and 12solas

Which ships require the certificate?

Cargo ships of 500 gross tons or more on international voyages.

What does the certificate signify?

That the ship has been surveyed in accordance with the requirements of regulation I/10 of SOLAS.

That the survey showed that the condition of the structure, machinery and equipment as defined in the regulation was satisfactory and the ship complied with the relevant requirements of chapters II-1 and II-2 of the Convention, other than those relating to fire safety systems and appliances and fire control plans.

What details are found on the certificate?

Particulars of the ship

  • Name of ship
  • Distinctive number or letters
  • Port of registry
  • Gross tonnage
  • Deadweight of ship (metric tons)
  • IMO Number

Type of ship

  • Bulk carrier
  • Oil tanker
  • Chemical tanker
  • Gas carrier
  • Cargo ship other than any of the above

Build details

  • 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)

Dates of inspections and survey

  • Date of survey
  • Dates of last two inspections of the outside of the ship’s bottom
  • Endorsement for annual and intermediate surveys
  • Endorsement for inspections of the outside of the ship’s bottom

See UK The Merchant Shipping (Survey and Certification) Regulations 2015

What surveys are required to maintain the certificate?

  • An initial survey before the ship is put into service
  • A renewal survey-Maximum of 5 years
  • An intermediate survey- within three months before or after the second or third anniversary date of a Cargo Ship Safety Construction Certificate
  • An annual survey- within three months before or after each anniversary date of the ship’s Cargo Ship Safety Construction Certificate
  • Inspections of the ship’s bottom- two inspections of the ship’s bottom to take place out of the water within any five year period, and at intervals not exceeding 36 months.

A good reference is the UK’s MSN 1751 Harmonised System of Survey and Certification (HSSC)

What is covered in a renewal survey?

  • Structure
  • Boilers
  • Other pressure vessels
  • Main and auxiliary machinery including steering gear and associated control systems, electrical installation and other equipment
  • In the case of tankers, the pump-rooms, cargo, bunker and ventilation piping systems and associated safety devices
  • Required stability information is provided

The survey confirms that all of these are in as satisfactory condition and are fit for the service for which the ship is intended.

What do the intermediate and annual survey consist of?

An intermediate survey includes an inspection of the above to ensure that they remain satisfactory for the service for which the ship is intended.

An annual survey will include a general inspection of the above to ensure that they have been maintained to conform with the provisions of the relevant regulations to ensure that the ship in all respects will remain fit to proceed to sea without danger to the ship or persons on board, and that they remain satisfactory for the service for which the ship is intended.

Must the bottom inspection be conducted in a dry dock?

Consideration may be given to alternate inspections being carried out with the ship afloat using alternative methods.

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The Safe Manning Document- A handy guide

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This post series now moves on to the certificates related to manning the ship.

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The minimum needed to man the ship

What is it?

The safe manning is a document issued by the flag state that listing the numbers and qualifications required to man the ship.

Why is it needed?

It is required by SOLAS  Chapter V, Regulation 14 Ship’s manning.

“1. Contracting Governments undertake, each for its national ships, to maintain, or, if it is necessary, to adopt, measures for the purpose of ensuring that, from the point of view of safety of life at sea, all ships shall be sufficiently and efficiently manned.

2. For every ship to which chapter I applies, the administration shall:

.1 establish appropriate minimum safe manning following a transparent procedure, taking into account the relevant guidance adopted by the organization*; and

.2 issue an appropriate minimum safe manning document or equivalent as evidence of the minimum safe manning considered necessary to comply with the provisions of paragraph 1.”

The relevant UK legislation is  the Merchant Shipping (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping) Regulations 2015, SI 2015/782,

The related UK M notice is MSN 1868 (M) Standards of Training, Certification & Watchkeeping Convention: UK Requirements for Safe Manning and Watchkeeping

What does it contain?

Ships details

  • Name
  • Port of registry
  • Distinctive number or letters
  • IMO number
  • Gross tonnage
  • Main propulsion power
  • Type and trading area
  • Whether or not the machinery space is unattended and company as defined in the ISM Code

Table of personnel required

  • Numbers
  • Grades
  • Capacities
  • Any special conditions or other remarks

Limitations

  • Ship particulars
  • Service

Issue  details

  • Date of issue
  • Expiry date
  •  Signature and the seal of the Administration.

Reference: IMO  Resolution A.1047(27) Adopted on 30 November 2011 (Agenda item 9) PRINCIPLES OF MINIMUM SAFE MANNING

How is it issued?

A manning submission in submitted to the vessel’s flag state by the company giving its manning proposals. This proposals must demonstrate compliance with STCW  78 for safe manning.

How are the qualifications defined?

Through the STCW Regulation and paragraph.

Here is a table of those Regulations:

Master and deck department
Officer in charge of a navigational watch on any ship on voyages not limited to near-coastal voyages Regulation II/1, paragraph 2
Master or chief mate on a ship of 3000 GT or more Regulation II/2, paragraph 2
Master on a ship of between 500 GT and 2999 GT not engaged on near-coastal voyages Regulation II/2, paragraph 4
Chief mate on a ship of between 500 GT and 2999 GT Regulation II/2, paragraph 4
Officer in charge of a navigational watch on a ship of less than 500 GT engaged on near-coastal voyages Regulation II/3, paragraph 4
Master on a ship of less than 500 GT engaged on near-coastal voyages Regulation II/3, paragraph 6
Engine department
Officer in charge of an engineering watch in a manned engine-room, or designated duty engineer officer in a periodically unmanned engine-room, on a ship powered by main propulsion machinery of 750 kilowatts propulsion power or more Regulation III/1, paragraph 2
Chief engineer officer or second engineer officer on a ship powered by main propulsion machinery of 3000 kilowatts propulsion power or more Regulation III/2, paragraph 2
Chief engineer officer and second engineer officer on a ship powered by main propulsion machinery of between 750 and 3000 kilowatts propulsion power Regulation III/3, paragraph 2
Electro-technical officer on a ship powered by main propulsion machinery of 750 kilowatts propulsion power or more Regulation III/6, paragraph 2

Other sources of information

UK Guidance on SOLAS chapter V

IMO Safe manning page

IMO STCW page



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​The Continuous Synopsis Record-A handy guide

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A permanent record of a ship’s life

What is it?

The Continuous Synopsis Record is intended to provide an on-board record of the history of the ship

Which ships need to carry one?

Ships engaged on international voyages. The CSR shall be kept on board the ship and shall be available for inspection at all times.

Why is it needed?

It is required by SOLAS Chapter XI-1 – Special Measures to Enhance Maritime Safety, Regulation 5 – Continuous Synopsis Record

What does it contain?

Ship identification

Registration details

  • The name of the State whose flag the ship is entitled to fly
  • The date on which the ship was registered with that State
  • The port at which the ship is registered
  • The date on which the ship ceased to be registered with that State.

Ownership information:

  • The name of the registered owner(s) and their registered address(es)
  • The registered owner identification number;
  • The name of the registered bareboat charterer(s) and their registered address(es), if applicable
  • The name of the Company, as defined in regulation IX/1, its registered address and the address(es) from where it carries out the safety-management activities
  • The Company identification number

Certification

  • The name of all classification society(ies) with which the ship is classed
  • The name of the Administration or of the Contracting Government or of the recognized organization which has issued the Document of Compliance (or the Interim Document of Compliance)
  • The name of the Administration or of the Contracting Government or of the recognized organization that has issued the Safety Management Certificate (or the Interim Safety Management Certificate)
  • The name of the Administration or of the Contracting Government or of the recognized security organization that has issued the International Ship Security Certificate (or the Interim International Ship Security Certificate).

What form does it take?

It has three parts

  • Form 1 The CSR
  • Form 2 Amendment form
  • Form 3 Index of amendments

How is it amended

On each change a form CSR 2 is completed showing the new details. The original is kept with the CSR 1 on the ship and a copy sent to the flag state administration.

The Flag state issue a revised CSR 1 to the ship, which is given a sequential number, the initial one issued on build being 1

All the CSR1s have to be retained on board.

The CSR3 is a is updated with a summary of the amendments.

The Administration needs to keep a copy (which may be an electroniccopy) of each CSR document issued to the ship.

Reference: 
IMO Resolution A.959(23) , FORMAT AND GUIDELINES FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF THE CONTINUOUS SYNOPSIS RECORD.

Summary

The CSR is required by SOLAS Chapter XI-1 – S

It contains a history of the ship’s life from build to scrapping

It is made up of three forms.

  • Form 1 The CSR
  • Form 2 Amendment form
  • Form 3 Index of amendments

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What is a ship’s IMO Number and Official Number?

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Uniquely identifying ships

This post explores two of the terms used in the last post, two numbers assigned to all foreign going ships.

The IMO Number

A permanent number that remains with the ship throughout its life; a number that identifies a ship regardless of what name, flag, and ownership changes it goes through, from build to scrapping.

What is it?

It is number made up of the three letters ‘IMO’, followed by seven digits. The digits are the numbers used in Lloyds Registe against the ship.
Why is it needed?
It is required by SOLAS Chapter XI, regulation 3- Ship identification number

The number is to be clearly legible on all plans, manuals and other documents required by IMO conventions to be carried on board ships.

Which ships must have the number?

Passenger ships of 100gt  and above and Cargo ships of  300Gt and above.

How is it obtained? 

It is issued by HIS maritime and Trade on behalf of the IMO.

Where can the number be found?

On the Certificate of Registry.

Permanently marked in a visible space on stern, side hull, or superstructure, in an easily accessible pace on a transverse bulkhead of machinery space, end of hatchway, pumproom, or transverse bulkhead in a RO/RO space.

A useful link

IMO number website

The official number

What is it?

A  number issued by a flag state when a ship enters its register.

How is it obtained?

The number is assigned by the Registry with a carving note, and will remain with the ship unless it changes flag.

The number will be stated in the official log book.

SI 1981 No. 0569 – The Merchant Shipping (Official Log Books) Regulations

Summary

IMO number = Issued by IMO for life of ship

Official Number = Issued by flag state for period ship is on their registry


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