INTERTANKO initiates submission to MSC on approved independent service providers for inspection and maintenance of lifeboats

INTERTANKO has initiated a submission on the inspection and maintenance of lifeboats to the IMO's Marine Safety Committee (MSC), which will meet in Copenhagen 3-12 October 2007.

 

The submission  (click here to view) is co-sponsored by industry partners from Bahamas, Dominica, Finland, BIMCO, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), INTERCARGO, InterManager, INTERTANKO, International Parcel Tankers Association (IPTA), Oil Companies' International Marine Forum (OCIMF) and Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators Ltd. (SIGTTO).

 

The co-sponsors of this document support an effective inspection scheme for the service and maintenance of lifeboats. However, because of difficulties experienced in the implementation of the provisions contained in Annex 1 of MSC.1/Circ.1206, mainly related to the lack of world-wide servicing networks, it is considered premature and inappropriate to make MSC.1/Circ.1206 mandatory as currently written.

 

The co-sponsors have experienced difficulties in complying with circular 1206 and believe that it does not provide for transparency. These problems have raised a number of serious concerns, which include the lack of control over the original manufacturers, appropriate monitoring of service quality, unnecessary delays due to the non-availability of spare parts, lack of transparency of inspectors, potential distortion of market prices and the possible creation of cartels.

 

With regard to these concerns, it has been noted that there is a tendency among manufacturers not to approve independent service providers, even though their competency and track records are excellent. This has resulted in a very limited number of approved service providers being made available worldwide, which severely hampers the timely implementation of annual inspections intended to raise the level of safety for seafarers. The view of the co-sponsors is that there are very capable independent service providers around the world that can perform the inspections and maintenance of lifeboat functions without adversely affecting the safety of the ship’s crew.

 

The submission sets out suggestions regarding amendments to the current circular 1206 that will assist in alleviating these problems.

 

Contact: Fredrik Larsson