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Thursday, September 20, 2018

POST-ERIKA MEASURES SUBMITTED BY IACS TO IMO

IACS has submitted to IMO their intent of changes to the ESP rules. Although the proposals are in line with measures highlighted in the previous IACS Press Release, it would be interesting for members to scrutinise the proposals again, which are reproduced below in full:

QUOTE:

“Strengthening of Enhanced Survey Programme (ESP)

  • All ballast tanks sharing a common plane boundary with cargo tanks with heating coils shall be examined internally on an annual basis on tankers subject to ESP after the ship has reached 15 years of age. Tanks or areas in tanks where coating was found to be in GOOD condition at the previous Intermediate or Special survey, may be specially considered by the Classification Society.
  • Intermediate hull surveys of ships, subject to ESP, which are over 15 years of age shall be enhanced to the scope of the preceding Special survey with dry-docking of under water survey as applicable, except that testing of ballast and cargo tanks is not required unless deemed necessary by the attending Surveyor.
  • On ships of 20,000 tonnes deadweight and above, and subject to ESP, starting with Special survey No. 3, all Special and Intermediate surveys shall be carried out by at least two exclusive surveyors.
  • Thickness Measurements required in the context of hull structural classification surveys, if not carried out by the society itself or by a company subcontracted directly by the society shall be witnessed by a surveyor. This requires the surveyor to be on board, while the gaugings are taken, enabling him at any time to intervene and to control the process.

Note: The actions under this item are to be uniformly implemented by IACS Member Societies from 1 July 2001.

Tightening Transfer of Class

  • For ships subject to ESP, which are 15 years of age and above the gaining society has to perform a full Special hull survey or Intermediate survey whichever is due next. For all ships, which are 20 years of age and above, the gaining society has to perform a full Special hull survey. If a dry-docking of the vessel is not due at the time of transfer, consideration can be given to carrying out an underwater examination in lieu of dry-docking.
  • Class records including thickness measurement reports supplemented by optional photos shall be transferred from the losing society to the gaining society. (Detailing of this requirement is in process).

Note: The actions under this item are to be uniformly implemented by IACS Member Societies from 1 July 2001.

Mandatory use of exclusive surveyor for statutory survey

  • All statutory surveys on ships above 500 gt shall be carried out by exclusive surveyors. (Assistance from an approved service supplier may be utilised).

Note: The actions under this item are to be uniformly implemented by IACS Member Societies from 1 July 2001 or the enforcement date of the amendment to EU Directive 94/57, whichever is earlier.”

UNQUOTE

INTERTANKO does encourage IACS to take concrete measures to improve the ESP efficiency and is positive to this submission. However, this text is only an ‘intent’ until the actual text to amend the current IMO Resolution A744(18) is provided. This will call for quite a few clarifications of the text as presented.

Since the text above has just been received, we have decided to circulate it this week. INTERTANKO comments and additional issues to improve the quality and efficiency of ship surveys will be given next week. For further information, mailto:dragos.rauta@intertanko.com