Statutory Alert: Revised IMO Guidelines for Maintenance

Marinelink.com
Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Revised IMO guidelines for maintenance, testing and inspection of fire protection systems and appliances will become effective on May 31, 2013 and are contained in the circular MSC.1/Circ. 1432.

These guidelines should be followed in accordance with SOLAS regulation II-2/14, which requires that all fire protection systems and appliances are kept in good order and that a maintenance plan is developed.

The guidelines state that certain maintenance procedures and inspections may be performed by competent crew members who have completed an advanced fire-fighting training course, while others should be performed by people specially trained in the maintenance of such systems. The onboard maintenance plan should indicate which parts of the recommended inspections and maintenance are to be completed by trained personnel.

Records of inspections and servicing performed for specific equipment should be carried on board the ship or can be computer-based. In cases where inspections and maintenance are carried out by trained service technicians, inspection reports should be provided.

MSC.1/Circ. 1432 provides the minimum recommended level of maintenance, testing and inspections for fire protection systems and appliances but it does not address the maintenance and inspection of fixed carbon dioxide fire-extinguishing systems or portable fire extinguishers. For these items, please refer to the “Guidelines for the maintenance and inspections of fixed carbon dioxide fire-extinguishing systems” (MSC.1/Circ.1318), and the “Improved Guidelines for marine portable fire extinguishers” (Resolution A.951 (23)).

What should owners and operators do now?
Owners and operators of new and existing ships should create a new onboard maintenance plan or revise their existing plan to incorporate the requirements of MSC.1/Circular 1432. If the vessel’s flag administration has issued related instructions these are to be taken into account.

Lloyd's Register surveyors have been instructed to confirm that the ship's maintenance plan complies with MSC.1/Circular 1432 or flag administration instructions during appropriate surveys that take place on or after May 31, 2013.

 

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