Please see the instructions from the flag states on the implementation of MSC.1/Circ.1206/Rev.1 regarding periodic servicing and maintenance of lifeboats, launching appliances and on-load release gear.
At the eighty-second session of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC82), the issued on the MSC.1/Circ.1206 concerning “Measures to prevent accidents with lifeboats” (whereafter amended as MSC.1/Circ.1206/Rev.1) was discussed and after a thorough discussion, the Committee agreed to keep the circular non-mandatory at that stage.
It should be noted that although the MSC.1/Circ.1206/Rev.1 is agreed to be kept non-mandatory, the requirements of the annual thorough examination for the launching appliances and the on-load releasing gear specified in SOLAS Chap.III/Reg.20.11 are still to be complied and the implementations of MSC.1/Circ.1206/Rev.1 depends on its associated instructions from each flag state.
ClassNK have made inquires to the several flag states how to implement MSC.1/Circ.1206/Rev.1 and some flag states replied their positions.
This information provides the associated instructions (mainly on the qualification level of the servicing) from the flag states on this issue including the above replies which we have received so far, as shown in the following link.
In case where authorization/acceptance of alternative service suppliers other than the service suppliers certified by the manufacturer is required in accordance with para.9 of Annex 1 to MSC.1/Circ.1206/Rev.1, please provide the at least following information:
- 1. Manufacturers and types of the lifeboats and the launching appliances
- 2. Date and location of the proposed service
- 3. The confirmation that the manufacturer certified service suppliers are not available at the ports ship calls
- 4. Name of proposed service supplier
- 5. Documented evidence which shows that the proposed service supplier has ability to carry out the function in accordance with Annex 1 to MSC.1/Circ.1206/Rev.1
- 6. Other information required by the Administration (Refer to Appendixes.)
For any questions about the above, please contact:
NIPPON KAIJI KYOKAI (ClassNK)
Address: 3-3 Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0094, Japan
Survey Department, Administration Center, Head Office
Instructions from the flag states on the implementation of MSC.1/Circ.1206 /Rev.1 (2016.8)
|Flag||Instructions||Individual authorization/acceptance from the flag states for alternative service suppliers (in accordance with paragraph 9 of Annex 1 to MSC.1/Circ.1206)||Thorough examination by the ship’s personnel not certified by the manufacturers|
|Antigua and Barbuda||Refer to Circular 014-2012. (Appendix 15)
In principal, service providers approved by ADOMS must be used for the periodical servicing.
(Refer to Circular 014-2012(ANNEX to Circ.014-2012))
(If a service provider approved by ADOMS is not available, identify the best available service company which is authorized by the manufacturer of the equipment fitted and get agreement from NK, and then get the permission from The St. John’s office on a case by case basis.)
The Company is responsible for assessing and selecting a suitable competent person and appropriate procedures relating to this activity must be established within the Safety Management System.Refer to THE BAHAMAS MARITIME AUTHORITY INFORMATION BULLETIN No. 87, Revision No.5 (Appendix 1).
|Belize||Refer to the Merchant Shipping Notice MSN-25(Appendix 2).||
Necessary(In accordance with paragraph 9 in Annex 1 of the MSC.1/Circ.1206, the Administration may authorize Organization other than the manufacturer, the manufacturer’s representative or a person appropriately trained and certified by the manufacturer.)
|Bermuda||Refer to BERMUDA SHIPPING NOTICE 2012-016 (Appendix 21)||Not necessary|
|Cyprus||Refer to Circular No. 02/2007(Appendix 3).||
Necessary(The Department of Merchant Shipping must be informed in writing on case by case basis and the consent must be obtained.)
|Denmark||Refer to Ref. Case 200908738/2(Appendix 4).||N/A||The annual and 5-yearly thorough examination and operational test of the launching appliances may be conducted by ship’s personnel.|
|Greece||Refer to the instruction Ref. No. 4338.1/01/2007 (Appendix 5).||Not necessary||The experienced crew members who familiar with the operations may carry out the examination and tests specified in III/184.108.40.206 and 11.2.2 of SOLAS on the conditions. (Witness to operation tests by Surveyor is required.)|
The company is responsible for employing a competent service provider to conduct the required examinations and tests under SOLAS Chapter III/220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168 and “Specific Procedures for Maintenance and Servicing” in MSC.1/Circ.1206.Refer to “Guidelines for periodic servicing and maintenance of lifeboats, launching appliances and on-load release gears” (Appendix 6).
|Isle of Man||Refer to Manx Shipping Circular MSN009 (Revised on April 2010) (Appendix 7).||Necessary
If a service provider approved in accordance with MSC/Circ.1277 is not available, but one has been sourced with manufacturer's approval, then case by case approval should be sought from The Isle of Man Ship Registry.
|Japan||In principle, servicing should be carried out by the manufacturer’s representative or a person appropriately trained and certified by the manufacturer. In case where such certified service provider is not available, please contact us in advance||N/A|
|Liberia||Refer to Marine Notice SAF-005 Rev.06/12 (Appendix 8).||
Necessary(An acceptance of a third party facility - which is not certified by the manufacturer - will be determined for every ship on a case by case basis.)
|Lithuania||Refer to Information regarding implementation of measures provided in the circular of the IMO MSC.1/Circ.1206 (Appendix 19).||Necessary|
|Malaysia||Refer to the Instruction (72) dlm IPL 6000/420 (Appendix 9).||Not necessary||Trained ship’s personnel is authorized to perform the servicing. (Witness by Surveyor is required.)|
Technical Notice SLS.2 Rev.1 (Appendix 10).
|Marshall Islands||Refer to Marine Notice No.2-011-37 (Appendix 11)||Not necessary|
Refer to NORWEGIAN MARITIME DIRECTORATE CIRCULAR no. 04-2007 (Attachment 17) N/A
Refer to MARCHANT MARINE CIRCULAR MMC-258 (Appendix 16)
|Philippines||In principle, servicing should be carried out by the manufacturer’s representative or a person appropriately trained and certified by the manufacturer. In case where such certified service provider is not available, approved service supplier by NK is acceptable to the Administaration.||In case service provider approved by NK is used, there is no need to seek authorization.|
In cases where the manufacturer is unable to provide the service, the Company may permit a service provider to carry out the work if the Company has determined that the service provider has sufficient technical knowledge and experience and is competent to do the work.Refer to SHIPPING CIRCULAR No. 4 of 2006 (Attachment 12).
|St. Vincent and Grenadines||Refer to Circular No. SOL 012-Rev.4 (Appendix 13)||Not necessary|
|Tonga||Not necessary||Annual thorough examination of the launching appliances and dynamic test of braking test with load of empty boat may be conducted by ship’s personnel. (Witness to operation tests by Surveyor is required.)|
|Tuvalu||Refer to MARINE CIRULAR MC-16/2011/1 (Appendix 20)||Not necessary|
|UK||Refer to MGN 555 (M) Life-Saving Appliances; Lifeboats, Rigid Rescue Boats, Launching Appliances and On-load Release Gear - Authorization of Service Providers and MSN 1803 LIFEBOATS - Measures to Prevent Accidents (Appendix 18)||N/A|
|Vanuatu||it is necessary to conduct the annual thorough examinations of launching appliances and lifeboats specified in Reg. III/22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199 of SOLAS under the following conditions:
|Vietnam||Refer to VR Techinical Information No. 019KT/07TB.E dated 11 July 2007 (Appendix 14)||Not necessary||The person who performed job (general examination and tests of launching appliances and on-load release gears of lifeboats/rescue boats as per Reg. III/188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206 of SOLAS) should have properly understanding and familiar with the work described in MSC.1/Circ.1206.|
- 1. THE BAHAMAS MARITIME AUTHORITY INFORMATION BULLETIN No. 87, Revision No.5 (Bahamas)
- 2. Merchant Shipping Notice MSN-25 (Belize)
- 3. Circular No. 02/2007 (Cyprus)
- 4. Ref. Case 200908738/2 (Denmark)
- 5. Ref. No. 4338.1/01/2007 (Greece)
- 6. “Guidelines for periodic servicing and maintenance of lifeboats, launching appliances and on-load release gears (Hong Kong)
- 7. Manx Shipping Circular MSN009 (Revised on April 2010) (Isle of Man)
- 8. Marine Notice SAF-005 Rev.06/12 (Liberia)
- 9. Instruction (72) dlm IPL 6000/420 (Malaysia)
- 10. Technical Notice SLS.2 Rev.1 (Malta)
- 11. Marine Notice No.2-011-37 (Marshall Islands)
- 12. SHIPPING CIRCULAR No. 4 of 2006 Circular (Singapore)
- 13. Circular No. SOL 012-Rev.4 (St. Vincent and Grenadines)
- 14. VR Technical Information No. 019KT/07TB.E (Vietnam)
- 15. Circular 014-2012. (Antigua and Barbuda)
- 16. MARCHANT MARINE CIRCULAR MMC-258 (Panama)
- 17. NORWEGIAN MARITIME DIRECTORATE CIRCULAR no. 04-2007 (Norway)
MGN 555 (M) Life-Saving Appliances; Lifeboats, Rigid Rescue Boats, Launching Appliances and On-load Release Gear - Authorization of Service Providers (UK)
MSN 1803 LIFEBOATS - Measures to Prevent Accidents (UK)
- 19. Information regarding implementation of measures provided in the circular of the IMO MSC.1/Circ.1206(Lithuania)
- 20. MARINE CIRCULAR MC-16/2011/1(Tuvalu)
- 21. BERMUDA SHIPPING NOTICE 2012-16(Bermuda)