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International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Ship Design and Construction 8th session (SDC 8)

17 - 21 January 2022

Dear SDC Stakeholders

The 8th session of the IMO’s Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC 8) will be held remotely from 17 – 21 January 2022 and Australia will be participating.

SDC considers a wide range of technical matters related to ship design and construction, including subdivision and stability. SDC also covers testing and approval of construction and materials, load lines, tonnage measurement, safety of fishing vessels and any vessel operating on any special purpose e.g. vessels carrying industrial personnel.

Please see attached the provisional agenda for the meeting. SDC papers can be accessed through AMSA’s Sharepoint site. Due to the number and size of meeting papers, we are not able to send papers out by email. If you don’t already have access, or are having trouble logging on, refer to ‘Sharepoint’information attached. (Documents to the meeting are now actively available and will be updated daily.)

AMSA has identified some key priorities including the following for the upcoming session:

Agenda 3 - Safety measures for non-SOLAS ships operating in polar waters

  • SDC 7 completed development of recommendatory guidelines for fishing vessels 24m in length and above; and pleasure yachts 300 gross tonnage and above not engaged in trade operating in polar waters. However, SDC 7 agreed that there remains a gap for commercial yachts of 300 gross tonnage and above and less than 500 gross tonnage and cargo ships of 300 gross tonnage and above and less than 500 gross tonnage. MSC 102 agreed and approved this work to commence at SDC 8.
  • Australia supports strong safety measures for non-SOLAS vessels operating in polar waters and was pleased to support New Zealand’s initiative to address safety of non-SOLAS vessels operating in polar waters, noting our own significant SAR responsibilities in the Antarctic region. Australia will remain engaged in this work.

Agenda 6 - Mandatory instrument and/or provisions addressing safety standards for the carriage of more than 12 industrial personnel on board vessels engaged on international voyages

  • This work started at SDC 4 to develop a new SOLAS chapter XV and associated mandatory code for safe carriage of industrial personnel (IP). Australia has keen interest in the matter and been actively involved in developing the standards.
  • The draft new SOLAS chapter XV and draft Industrial Personnel Code addressing carriage of IP on board cargo ships have been finalised by an intersessional working group remotely held from 8 to 12 March 2021. These will be sent to SDC 8 for approval.
  • Some issues remained unresolved for high-speed crafts for carriage of IP. Australia will remain engaged in this work to ensure that safety of high speed crafts are not compromised.

Agenda 14 - Review of the Guidelines for the reduction of underwater noise (MEPC.1/Circ.833) and identification of next steps

  • Australia co-sponsored a proposal to MEPC 75 for a new output for a review of the 2014 Guidelines for the reduction of underwater noise from commercial shipping to address adverse impacts on marine life (MEPC.1/Circ.833) and identification of next steps. MEPC approved the proposal and allocated the work to SDC for completion in 2023.
  • Australia was engaged in the development of the guidelines and made contributions to it. The advance in technologies to address noise impacts and, perhaps most importantly, the synergies between underwater noise reduction and energy efficiency means this work is of collective interest of all member states. AMSA organised a presentation from Australian researchers on noise characterisation research, which quantifies underwater noise from ships in Australian waters, with the goal of guiding the assessment and management of noise impacts on marine fauna.

Please contact us if there are any items that you particularly wish to be consulted on, noting that AMSA will contact stakeholders whose interests may be affected.

AMSA will send email update to inform you of the key outcomes from the meeting by the end of February 2022. The IMO report of the meeting will also be available on the IMO’s website approximately six weeks after the meeting.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at , if you have any questions or have problems accessing the Sharepoint site.

Kind regards

Zaman Qamruzzaman




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