Conflict between SOLAS and the ISPS Code over lifeboat testing

Some of our members have reported that a conflict is developing between SOLAS and the ISPS Code, as members find it increasingly difficult to comply with SOLAS regulation III B 19 3.3.3 (which requires lifeboats to be launched and manoeuvred in the water every three months) while various terminals around the world are prohibiting lifeboats from been lowered to the water and manoeuvred, considering it to be a security breach.

This is beginning to result in comments from vetting and port state control authorities that lifeboats are exceeding the three-monthly intervals between successive launches.

INTERTANKO has therefore raised this with the "Inter-secretariat Liaison Group" and the "Inter-Industry Shipping & Ports Contact Group". A submission is being made to the IMO at the Marine Safety Committee in December.

Contact: Howard Snaith