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The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a Marine Notice No. 20-2012 reminding owners, operators, masters, and pilots that amendments to the IMO requirements relating to pilot transfer arrangements recently came into effect.
Ships should be examined to ensure that they are in compliance.Marine Notice No. 20-2012 dtd 28/11/2012 as well as MSC.1-Circ.1428 »PILOT TRANSFER ARRANGEMENTS-Required boarding arrangements for pilots» are herein included.
In the MSC.1/Circ. 1428 member governments are requested to bring the revised poster to the attention of their pilots, seafarers, shipowners, ship operators and others concerned with pilot boarding arrangements.
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Μαΐου 1st, 2012 | Posted by SOLAS - (Σχόλια κλειστά)
As per MSC308(88) amendments to SOLAS V/23, relating to pilot ladder arrangements, effective as from first safety equipment survey after 1st July 2012. More specifically, pilot ladders on all ships (new and existing) must be clearly identified in order to carry out mandatory inspections which are to be part of the first SOLAS safety equipment survey carried out on or after July 1st, 2012. A record shall be kept onboard with the date the pilot ladder is placed into service and any repairs carried out. The scope of inspection during the periodic safety equipment survey is limited to a general examination without any load test.
Additionally, the new equipment and arrangements for pilot transfer which are installed on or after July 1st, 2012 must be certified by the manufactures or with an international standard acceptable to IMO (i.e. ISO 799:2004, Ships and marine technology – Pilot ladders).
Vessels in operation:
The following summarises the implications for vessels in operation:
Mechanical pilot hoists shall not be used.
Other existing installations – no changes (assumed to be in accordance with the old requirements).
Replacements on existing ships shall in so far as is reasonable/practicable comply with the new requirements.
Shipside doors used for pilot transfer shall not open outwards.(i.e. ship side doors refers to shell openings used for pilot transfer, not to bulwark or guardrail gateways).
Applicable to ships constructed before 1 January 1994 (first survey on or after 1 July 2012).
The IMO has adopted resolution Res 1045(27) with recommendations on the pilot transfer arrangements and this revokes resolution A.889(21).
Through MSC.1/Circ.1375 the IMO provided unified interpretation of SOLAS regulation V/23 regarding the meaning of word “installation” in order to clarify the applicability of the adopted revised regulation. Lastly, though MSC.1/Circ.1402, the IMO encourages Port State Control officers to include inspection of pilot transfer arrangements.
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