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 "Guideline 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.
9. This Engineering Circular supersedes Engineering Circular No. 26 and 87.
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).
Dy. Chief Surveyor - cum - Sr. DDG (Tech).