Immersion suits/Anti-exposure suits - Flag Information

Please see the instructions from the flag states for immersion suits and anti-exposure suits required by SOLAS Chap.III/20.7 and 32.3. And please confirm the below hereafter as ClassNK Technical Information related to the subject had been voided.

Carriage Requirements

- SOLAS Chap.III/7.3;

An immersions suit or anti-exposure suit of an appropriate size shall be provided for every person assigned to crew the rescue boat or assigned to the marine evacuation system party.

- SOLAS Chap.III/32.3
  1. The paragraph applies to all cargo ships.
  2. An immersion suit of an appropriate size shall be provided for every person on board the ship. However, for ships other than bulk carriers, as defined in Chap.IX/1, these immersion suits need not be required if the ship in constantly engaged on voyages in warm climates where, in the opinion of the Administration, immersion suits are unnecessary.
  3. If a ship has any watch or work stations which are located remotely from the place or places where immersion suits are normally stowed, including remotely located survival craft carried in accordance with Chap.III/31.1.4 additional immersion suits of an appropriate size shall be provided at these locations for the number of persons normally on watch or working at those locations at any time.
    (supplement) At least two sets of immersion suits are to be provided for the stored position of the additional liferaft required by Chap.III/31.1.4 (IACS UI SC213 Rev.4).
  4. Immersion suits shall be so placed as to be readily accessible and their position shall be plainly indicated.
  5. The immersion suits required by this regulation may be used to comply with the requirements of Chap.III/7.3.
- Instructions from Flag State Administrations

 

Flag Requirements Circular
Australia Refer to Marine Order 25. Original
Bahamas Refer to BMA Information Bulletin No.76. Original
Bahrain Refer to PMA Directive No. SOLAS/10. Original
Belgium Refer to BMI Circular 2006/001. Original
Belize Refer to Merchant Shipping Notice MSN-0018. Original
Brazil Please contact to NK EQD. Contact to NK EQD
Cayman Islands Refer to Shipping Notice CISN 04/05. Original
Cyprus Refer to Circular No.12/2006. Original
Denmark Refer to DMA Circular No.013. Original
Egypt Please contact to NK EQD. Contact to NK EQD
Germany Please contact to NK EQD. Contact to NK EQD
Greece Please contact to NK EQD. Contact to NK EQD
Hong Kong Please contact to NK EQD. Contact to NK EQD
Isle of Man Refer to Manx Shipping Notice MSN 062. Original
Kuwait Refer to Marine Circular 1/2006. Original
Liberia Refer to Marine Notice SAF-001. Original
Malaysia Refer to MALAYSIAN SHIPPING NOTICE MSN 19/2008. Original
Malta Refer to Technical Notice SLS.8. Original
Marshall Islands Refer to Marine Notice No.2-011-5. Original
Myanmar Refer to Directive (12/2014). Original
Norway Refer to Regulations of 1 July 2014 No. 1019 on life-saving appliances on ships. Original
Panama Refer to Merchant Marine Circular No.144. Original
Philippines Refer to Flag State Administration Advisory No.2011-06. Original
Saudi Arabia Please contact to NK EQD. Contact to NK EQD
Singapore Refer to Shipping Circulars No. 31 of 2005 on MPA Website.
Refer to Shipping Circulars No. 3 of 2006 on MPA Website.
Refer to MPA Website
Sri Lanka Refer to Merchant Shipping Notice MSN 02-2006. Original
St. Kitts and Nevis Refer to Circular Letter No.SV/2007. Original
Switzerland Please contact to NK EQD. Contact to NK EQD
UK(ACS) Please contact to NK EQD. Contact to NK EQD
Vanuatu Refer to Fleet / Safety Letter 06085.GEN. Original
Viet Nam Refer to Technical Information 021KT/05TB.E. Original

Air pressure test and Monthly inspection

- Instructions from Flag State Administrations

 

Flag Requirements Circular
Belize Refer to Merchant Shipping Notice MSN-0018. Original
Cayman Islands Refer to Shipping Notice CISN 04/05 (Para.2.3). Original
Cyprus Refer to Circular No. 12 /2006 and Circular No. 05/2010.
Air pressure test may be carried out by trained ship’s crews on board the ship subject to the conditions required by the Administration.
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Dominica Refer to CD-MSC 40-01 Rev02 (Para.3). Original
Greece Refer to Ref. No. 4338.1/03/06.
MSC/Circ.1047 should be incorporated into the checklist of instructions for on-board maintenance prescribed in SOLAS Chap.III/36.1, and the monthly inspection of immersion suits / anti-exposure suits should be carried out in accordance with SOLAS Chap.III/20.7.
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Hong Kong MSC/Circ.1047 should be incorporated into the checklist of instructions for on-board maintenance prescribed in SOLAS Chap.III/36.1, and the monthly inspection of immersion suits / anti-exposure suits should be carried out in accordance with SOLAS Chap.III/20.7.  
India Refer to NT Circular No. NT/LSA/01/2017 of 31 May 2017.
Air pressure test may be carried out by trained ship’s crews on board the ship subject to the conditions required by the Administration.
MSC/Circ.1047 should be incorporated into the checklist of instructions for on-board maintenance prescribed in SOLAS Chap.III/36.1, and the monthly inspection of immersion suits / anti-exposure suits should be carried out in accordance with SOLAS Chap.III/20.7.
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Liberia Refer to Marine Notice SAF-001 (Para.5.4) and Ref: NK-IMM-103009 of October 30, 2009. Air pressure test may be carried out by trained ship’s crews on board the ship subject to the conditions required by the Administration. Original
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Malta

Refer to Technical Notice SLS.8 Rev.2.
The Immersion Suit and Anti-Exposure Suit are to be subjected to an air pressure test at intervals not exceeding 3 years from the suit's manufacturing date or the last testing date.
Testing should be performed at a suitable shore-based facility or alternatively on board ship provided that suitable testing equipment is available.
Notwithstanding the above, any immersion suits of over 10 years of age must be serviced annually at an approved service station.

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Marshall Islands Refer to Marine Notice No. 2-011-5 (Para.3.7). Original
Panama Refer to Merchant Marine Circular No.165. Original
Philippines Refer to Flag State Administration Advisory No. 2011-06. Original
Singapore Air pressure test is to be implemented in accordance with MSC/Circ.1114.
MSC/Circ.1047 should be incorporated into the checklist of instructions for on-board maintenance prescribed in SOLAS Chap.III/36.1, and the monthly inspection of immersion suits / anti-exposure suits should be carried out in accordance with SOLAS Chap.III/20.7.
 
Sri Lanka Refer to MSN 10/2010 of 6 July 2010.
Air pressure test may be carried out by trained ship’s crews on board the ship subject to the conditions required by the Administration.
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St. Kitts and Nevis Refer to Circular Letter No. SV06/2007 (Para.6). Original
Tuvalu Refer to Marine Circular MC-5 2012 1. Original
U.K. Refer to MGN 529 (M+F). Original
Viet Nam Refer to Technical Information 021KT/05TB.E. Original
- IMO Circular referred;
  1. MSC.1/Circ.1047 GUIDELINES FOR MONTHLY SHIPBOARD INSPECTION OF IMMERSION SUITS AND ANTI-EXPOSURE SUITS BY SHIPS’ CREWS
  2. MSC.1/Circ.1114 GUIDELINES FOR PERIODIC TESTING OF IMMERSION SUIT AND ANTI-EXPOSURE SUIT SEAMS AND CLOSURES

For any questions about the above, please contact:

Questions for carriage requirements

NIPPON KAIJI KYOKAI (ClassNK)
Material and Equipment Department, Administration Center Annex, Head Office

Address 3-3 Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0094, Japan
Tel: 03-5226-2020
Fax: 03-5226-2057
e-mail: eqd@classnk.or.jp

Questions for Air pressure test and Monthly inspection

NIPPON KAIJI KYOKAI (ClassNK)
Survey Department, Administration Center Annex , Head Office

Address 3-3 Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0094, Japan
Tel: 03-5226-2027
Fax: 03-5226-2029
e-mail: svd@classnk.or.jp