MSC 82 - Applicability of SOLAS regulation on Means of Access to single-hull tankers being converted to double-hull tankers

With regard to the applicability of SOLAS regulation II-1/3-6 (means of access) to single hull tankers being converted to double hull tankers, MSC 82 agreed that the regulation should not apply to tankers converting from single hull to double hull or to tankers converting to FPSOs/FSUs. It also agreed that if, in the course of conversion, substantial new structures were to be added, these new structures should comply with the regulation.


In the context of this issue, the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) proposed interpretations to SOLAS regulation II-1/1.3 concerning the term "repairs, alterations and modifications of a major character", and to SOLAS regulation II-1/3-6, concerning the applicability of the regulation to single-hull tankers being converted to double-hull tankers and the term "substantial new structures".


MSC 82 did not take any decision but agreed to refer the IACS submission to the Design & Equipment (DE) Sub-committee as a high-priority item on "Interpretation of SOLAS regulations II-1/1.3 and II-1/3-6", with a target completion date of 2008. IACS stated that it would develop a relevant unified interpretation for the DE Sub-committee. We will inform members when this IACS proposal is made available.


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