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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Lifeboat Safety

The Norwegian Maritime Directorate (NMD) hosted a meeting on 15 November based on the project “Human injuries during rescue drills”. The NMD has issued a hearing on one of their proposals for changes to SOLAS.

Further to the update in Weely NEWS No. 45 the Norwegian Maritime Directorate (NMD) hosted a meeting on 15 November based on the project, “Human injuries during rescue drills”. INTERTANKO’s Lifeboat Accident Working Group (LWG) Secretary Capt Steinar Digre attended the meeting.

The NMD, working closely with the Swedish and Danish flag administrations, has issued a hearing on one of their proposals for changes to SOLAS Chapter 3 Reg. 19 paragraph 3.3.3. in order to prepare a paper at IMOs DE 46 meeting:

" Except as provided in paragraph 3.3.4. and 3.3.5., each lifeboat shall be launched at least once every three months during an abandon ship drill. When on water, each lifeboat shall be manoeuvred in the water by its assigned operating crew".

Click hereto download details from the hearing.  

A step in the right direction

INTERTANKO views consideration of a change to SOLAS Regulation 19 as needed in order to safeguard human lives and to give owners/masters a tool to comply with regulations as well as enabling them to make a sound risk assessment with existing two-davit on-load-release configuration lifeboat systems.

The requirement to launch the lifeboats every three months is still controversial. The master on a tanker has to take into account not only regulations but also commercial considerations. He is not allowed to perform the drill during cargo operations, and at an anchorage swell often causes a serious element in his risk assessment.

When future solutions/alternatives to existing life saving appliances (LSA) are presented, changes to SOLAS may again be required. Hence, regulations must be sufficiently flexible to meet future solutions and needs.

INTERTANKO will through its Lifeboat Accident Working Group stay involved and push for workable and safe solutions.

Further details can be found on the INTERTANKO web site.

Contact: Steinar Kr. Digre, LWG Secretary mailto:PortsandTerminals@intertanko.com