This Directorate has issued several
instructions in respect of additional safety requirements for
inland vessels undertaking operations on a regular basis with
cargo beyond inland water limits in A&N Group of Islands from
time to time. It has now been decided to consolidate all instructions
issued so far in one Merchant Shipping Notice. Hence this Notice
is issued in supersession of all such instructions issued on the
subject till date. The following instructions shall be followed
with immediate effect by the Mercantile Marine Departments at
Port Blair and Kolkata while processing such cases:
For Inland Vessels intending
to go a short distance beyond inland water limits such as ship
to shore operations in settled weather conditions only:
1. The vessel shall be classed
with Indian Register of Shipping and assigned restricted Load
Line for this purpose.
2. One approved inflatable life raft or reversible/rigid raft
for all persons onboard with SOLAS 'B' pack
3. SOLAS approved life jackets for all persons onboard
4. 4 Nos. buoys, 2 with self
5. 2 Nos. parachute signals
6. 1 VHF of suitable range with
back up battery
7. 1 holding tank of sufficient
capacity for oily bilges from engine room
8. Bilge pumping capacity of
the cargo hold is to be increased by 50% over IV Rule requirements.
9. FFA to be in accordance with Class Rules for inland vessels
10. Manning of the vessel can
be as per IV Act.
11. The owner should obtain a
mobile station licence from Ministry of Communication.
For Inland Vessels intending
to operate between nearby ports with sailing time not exceeding
five hours in settled weather conditions only
1. The vessel shall be brought
under M.S. Act registry
2. The vessel shall be classed with IRS and assigned restricted
Load Line for the intended operation.
3. One approved inflatable life raft or reversible/rigid for all
the persons onboard with SOLAS 'B' pack
4. SOLAS approved life jackets for all persons onboard
5. 4 Nos. lifebuoys, 2 with self igniting lights
6. 4 Nos. parachute signals
7. 2 Nos. 45 litres capacity portable foam extinguishers in addition
to FFA for IV vessels under Class Rules
8. Lights and Sound signals shall be provided as per Collision
9. For vessels above 500 GRT two separate rest rooms for Officers
and Ratings, separate toilets (one each) one mess room and one
10. Bilge pumping capacity of the cargo hold is to be increased
by 50% over IV Rule requirements
11. 1 holding tank of sufficient capacity for oily bilges from
12. One electric generator of sufficient capacity to provide power
for accommodation spaces, galley and navigation lights
13. For manning, in addition to crew required under IV Act, one
Navigational Watch Keeping Officer (NWKO). (NCV Cadre manning
to be provided in due course). One of the crew members should
be a GMDSS (GOC) Certificate Holder as per Wireless Telegraphy
Act of Ministry of Communication.
14. 1 VHF of suitable range with back up battery (DSC facility
VHF or MF/HF).
15. MF/HF SSB Receiver
16. In place of 15, the vessel may have SATCOM 'C"
17. The owner should obtain a mobile station licence from Ministry
These instructions apply only
to normal cargo vessels and in case of any special type of vessel,
Mercantile Marine Departments at Port Blair/Kolkata will have
to seek specific instructions from the Directorate.
Further, the vessels intending to undertake longer duration operations
and in all weather conditions will be subject to prescribed requirements
under Merchant Shipping Act/Rules for normal seagoing vessels.
This notice is not intended to interfere with "Single Voyage
Permissions" & procedures thereon presently implemented
Nautical Adviser to Govt. of India