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MSC Circ 1392 - GUIDELINES FOR EVALUATION AND REPLACEMENT OF LIFEBOAT RELEASE AND RETRIEVAL SYSTEMS

The Maritime Safety Committee, at its eighty-ninth session (11 to 20 May 2011), approved the guidelines for evaluation and replacement of lifeboat release and retrieval systems, set out in the annex, as per SOLAS regulation III/1.5, following the recommendations made by the Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Equipment, at its fifty-fifth session, and the Ad Hoc Working Group on Lifeboat Release Hooks (16 to 18 March 2011).

Download MSC Circ 1392:  MSC Circ 1392 - Guidelines for evaluation and replacement of lifeboat release and retrieval systems


MSC Circ 1206 (Rev 1) MEASURES TO PREVENT ACCIDENTS WITH LIFEBOATS

The IMO Maritime Safety Committee approved Guidelines for periodic servicing and maintenance of lifeboats, launching appliances and on-load release gear and Guidelines on safety during abandon ship drills using lifeboats, as set out in annexes 1 and 2, respectively, to MSC.1/Circ.1206.

Download MSC Circ 1206 (Rev 1):   MSC.1 Circ.1206 - measures to prevent accidents with lifeboats


MSC Circular 1327 - GUIDELINES FOR THE FITTING AND USE OF FALL PREVENTER DEVICES (FPDs)

The use of FPDs should be considered as an interim risk mitigation measure, only to be used in connection with existing on-load release hooks, at the discretion of the master,  pending the wide implementation of improved hook designs with enhanced safety features.
Member Governments are invited to use the annexed Guidelines when approving the use of fall preventer devices (FPDs), and to bring them to the attention of all parties concerned.

Download MSC 1327:   MSC.1 Circ 1327 - Guidance for the fitting and use of FPDs


Resolution MSC 317(89) - Amendment to SOLAS Chapter III

May 2011 New paragraph added requiring ships not complying with guidelines for evaluating lifeboat on-load release mechanisms to replace the equipment

 Download Resolution MSC 317(89):   MSC 317(89) Amendments to SOLAS


Resolution MSC 320 (89) - AMENDMENTS TO THE INTERNATIONAL LIFE-SAVING APPLIANCES (LSA) CODE CHAPTER IV SURVIVAL CRAFT

May 2011 Requirements for lifeboat release and retrieval systems adopted at the 89th Maritime Safety Committee meeting in May 2011

Download  Resolution MSC 320(89):   MSC 320 (89) Amendemnts to LSA Code - survival craft


Resolution MSC 321(89) - ADOPTION OF AMENDMENTS TO THE REVISED RECOMMENDATION ON TESTING OF LIFE-SAVING APPLIANCES (RESOLUTION MSC.81(70)), AS AMENDED

AMENDMENTS TO THE REVISED RECOMMENDATION ON TESTING OF LIFE-SAVING  APPLIANCES (RESOLUTION MSC.81(70)), AS AMENDED

PART 1
PROTOTYPE TESTS FOR LIFE-SAVING APPLIANCES

Download Resolution MSC 321(89):   MSC 321(89) Amendments to Revised recommendations on testing LSA - Resolution MSC 81(70) as amended