Dear All
 
You are receiving this email because AMSA has chosen you for consultation for the purpose of developing Australian delegation brief for the 5th session of IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC 5) scheduled to be held from 22 – 26 January 2018 at IMO’s London headquarters. This correspondence is with regards to documents submitted to IMO so far on agenda item 7 dealing with development of new mandatory instruments for safety of vessels carrying more than 12 industrial personnel on international voyages. We have significant interest in the work.
 
Background
On instruction from the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) of IMO, the Sub-Committee (SDC) commenced work on developing a new SOLAS chapter XV and a mandatory code providing safety standards for vessels carrying more than 12 industrial personnel on international voyages. Initially the Sub-Committee was instructed by the Committee (MSC) to develop guideline to address the safety of industrial personnel. Since SDC 1, Australia has been active at both SDC and MSC meetings and participated in all relevant correspondence and working groups. Australia’s position has been to have a mandatory permanent solution rather than a guideline not to allow accommodation barges/vessels carrying a large number of industrial personnel who are more like passengers and still be covered by the guideline. As a coastal State, Australia experiences a large number of foreign vessels carrying hundreds of so called industrial personnel to Australian offshore energy sector whose flag States do not even implement the 2008 Special Purpose Ships (SPS) Code.  This makes it very difficult to regulate them to ensure safety of the personnel who are more like passengers.  Australia submitted documents to MSC 95 and SDC 3 on the matter. MSC 95 agreed on a mandatory solution consistent with Australia’s position. We understand Australia’s industry supports mandatory measures and are keen to be involved in the development of a new mandatory code. So we participated in the intersessional correspondence group developing the new SOLAS chapter XV and made important contributions.
 
I am circulating the report of the correspondence group and other documents submitted so far under the agenda item for your perusal and comments. As more documents (if submitted) are published by IMO, I will continue to circulate them progressively for your comments and inputs to the Australian delegation brief for the meeting. AMSA will lead the Australian delegation at SDC 5 and will participate in a working group expected to be established during the meeting to progress the work. Outcome of this work will affect relevant stakeholders in the industry especially those who may be involved in construction and operation of vessels transporting industrial personnel to offshore energy sector. So your inputs will be valuable for us to take a position at SDC 5 that will serve Australia’s interest best.

The most contentious issue so far has been how to define ‘industrial personnel’. This has been resolved now defining them as a  separate category of personnel who are not crew or passenger or even ‘special personnel’ as you can see in the draft SOLAS chapter XV (Annex 2 of the document SDC 5/7). While developing the associated mandatory Code, training requirements of ‘industrial personnel’ will be considered and addressed.

SDC 5/7 – Report of the correspondence group (Norway)
This document reports on the outcome of the work carried out by the correspondence group that includes the draft new SOLAS chapter XV (Annex 2) developed by the group which will be finalised at SDC 5. Paragraphs 6 – 17 summarises group’s considerations and decisions on various issues in developing the new SOLAS chapter.
 
Actions requested of the Sub-Committee are listed under paragraph 24 and you are invited to comment on the relevant sub-paragraphs.
 
Annex 3 of the report provides structure of the draft Code and some texts drafted by the coordinator which were not discussed or considered by the group and put forward as a starting point. It is important that the Australian delegation has a position on this to influence the development of the Code to protect AMSA and Australian industry’s interest. Points to note in the draft Code are:
 
·         The coordinator provided alternatives for each paragraph of the Preamble
·         A certificate will be required for vessels carrying more than 12 industrial personnel
·         Some training requirements for industrial personnel are proposed
·         Relevance of SPS Code, HSC Code and Cargo ship and passenger ship requirements in the draft Code and how to blend relevant requirements for the best outcome
·         How to address structure, subdivision and stability requirements in the Code
·         How to deal with vessels carrying more than 12 industrial personnel to which HSC Code applies or when passenger ship requirements kick in
·         How to deal with cargo transportation and handling including dangerous cargo
·         Fire safety requirements of vessels to which HSC Code applies seem to be inadequate as proposed in the draft Code ((8.3.5). Fire safety requirements in 2000 HSC Code were made lower than SOLAS requirements as no enclosed sleeping berths for  passengers were allowed in the Code. Australia has been taking a firm position on this and insisted that fire safety requirements need to be enhanced to SOLAS standards should the industrial personnel be accommodated (sleeping) on HSCs.

SDC 5/7/1 – Safety analysis for high-speed offshore vessels carrying up to 60 persons (Denmark)
This document provides information on the outcome of a safety analysis for high-speed offshore vessels carrying up to 60 persons. The safety analysis is HSC specific and Denmark proposes to consider this along with the details provided in document SDC 5/INF.2 while developing mandatory requirements for vessels carrying more than 12 industrial personnel.
 
SDC.5/INF.2 - Safety analysis for high-speed offshore vessels carrying up to 60 persons (Denmark)
This is the detailed report of the safety analysis for high-speed offshore vessels carrying up to 60 persons as referred in document SDC 5/7/1. It is a large document 3 MB which I have attached. If anybody doesn’t receive for the large size, I have also linked it to our confluence web page. If you already don’t have them, you can ask for an username and password for our confluence page by sending email to Donnette Lyristakis
 
SDC 5/INF.3 - Interim guideline for approval of high-speed offshore vessels carrying more than 12 industrial personnel (Denmark)
This document provides information on the Danish interim guideline for approval of high-speed offshore vessels carrying industrial personnel in accordance with MSC.418(97), based on the safety analysis set out in the annex to document SDC 5/INF.2. This documents provides some important information on Danish authorities are approving HSC vessels for transportation of industrial personnel based on the interim Guidelines IMO (resolution MSC.416(97)). I have attached a copy of this MSC resolution for your convenience.
 
Please send your comments by December  20, 2017. Also please let me know if you don’t wish to receive these consultation emails.
 
Regards
 
Zaman Qamruzzaman
PRINCIPAL ADVISOR VESSEL SAFETY
VESSEL STANDARDS
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