Engineering Circular No. 122
NO: G/IMO- ENG/MMAM-37(6)/99
Dated 26th August, 2010
and Recommendations to Prevent Accidents with Lifeboats issued
The Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has in
several sessions deliberated upon the alarming rise in the serious mishaps
caused due to the accidents with lifeboats.
2. At its eighty sixth (86th)
session, the MSC approved amendments to the existing guidelines set out in
the Circular MSC.1/Circ.1206. The revised guidelines concerning the
inspection and maintenance of lifeboats, launching appliances and on-load
release gear have been set forth in annexes 1 and 2 respectively of
MSC.1/Circ. 1206 Rev.1.
3. Annex 1 details the
For Periodic Servicing And Maintenance Of Lifeboats, Launching Appliances
And On-Load Release Gear" while Annex 2 details " Guidelines on Safety
During Abandon Ship Drills Using Lifeboats"
4. Further attention is drawn to
the paragraphs in the circular MSC.1/Circ.1206 Rev 1, regarding
"Certification" (paragraph 10 in Annex 1) and "Annual Through Examination"
(paragraph 2.1 of Section 2 in Appendix to Annex 1), wherein reference is
made to the circular MSC. 1/Circ 1277
detailing the requirements for the training and certification of persons
carrying out the Annual Examination.
5. Considering the significance of
lifeboat safety, it is notified that any Company operating/managing ships
flying the flag of India should give immediate effect to these revised
guidelines, into their respective Safety Management Systems and comply
with the same as per their obligation under the ISM code.
6. Additionally, it is directed that the following requirements be noted:
.1 The Company is responsible for assessing and selecting a suitable competent person to carryout the inspection, examination, maintenance, servicing, and repair and activities as documented in SOLAS Regulation III/20.11.
.2 The Company is responsible for establishing suitable procedures within the Safety Management Systems, to account for the revised guidelines detailed in the IMO circulars referred.
.3 The Company should ensure that documentary evidence is readily available to third parties to confirm that the competent person is appropriately certified to carryout the inspection, examination, maintenance, servicing, and repair and activities as documented in SOLAS Regulation III/20.11.
.4 The servicing and maintenance activities covered by SOLAS Regulation III/20.11 should not be carried out by ship's crew with effect from 01st July 2010.
7. A copy of MSC. 1/Circ. 1206
Rev.1 and MSC. 1/Circ. 1277 can be referenced from the DGS website:
www.dgshipping .com, shipping notices, Engineering Br, SOLAS 73/78.
8. Informatively the circular
MSC.1/Circ.1206 Rev.1 supersedes MSC.1/Circ.1049, MSC.1/Circ.1093,
MSC.1/Circ.1136, MSC.1/Circ.1137, and MSC.1/Circ.1206.
10. In context to the suppression of
the Engineering Circular No. 78 notified
vide Engineering circular 87 dated 18th June, 2007 the
suppression specifically pertains to the relevant requirements detailed in
MSC.1/Circ.1206 (which now stands superseded) and does not suppress the
requirements relevant to the circular MSC.1/Circ 1205 (Guidelines For
Developing Operation And Maintenance Manuals For Lifeboat Systems).