ISM News

Update nr. 100

In this ISM News Update:

  • Insurance conforms MLC regulation 2.5 and 4.2
  • Cooperation with Sea Rangers
  • Overboard valves, learning from an event
  • MSC1 Circ. 1321 Guidelines for measures to prevent fires in engine-rooms
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Insurance conform MLC regulation 2.5 and 4.2

During ISM audits of the past year, we experienced that many ships still do not comply with the requirements of the MLC 2014 amendments, which came into force for Netherlands ships on the 1st of February 2018. These amendments concern the obligation to be insured conform to MLC Regulations 2.5 and 4.2:

Financial security for repatriation (MLC Standard A2.5.2): Financial security for seafarers in case of them being abandoned by ships’ management.

Financial security for shipowners’ liability (MLC Standard A4.2): Financial security for compensation in case of seafarers’ death or long-term disability caused by onboard accidents, occupational illnesses and/or work-related hazards.

Further, ships shall be in possession of a certificate concerning the above-mentioned insurances on which contact details of the insurer (email address and telephone number) are clearly mentioned, who seafarers can contact in case the shipowner does not fulfill his obligations. We advise shipowners to discuss this with their insurers.

Cooperation with Sea Rangers

The young and ambitious organization Sea Rangers has asked Rood Boven Groen to develop an ISM system for them that can be used on sailing vessels which are planned to operate all over the world. These sailing vessels will be used for activities in protection of the marine environment, and other activities for which heavy, polluting ships are operated now, such as scientific research, measurement of water quality, removal of mussels in seaweed farms and control in windmill parks with drones. Further, always 6 trainees, called sea rangers, will be trained to be able to find a job as a crew member in merchant shipping at sea. These trainees are often young people with a disadvantage in the labor market.

Overboard valves, learning from an event

A leaking overboard discharge valve for cooling water caused backout because water entered the engine room while operating in rough seas. The leaking overboard valve was isolated and repaired in the harbor. During the damage survey, the bottom of the valve was found to be heavily corroded and holed. The top of the valve, however, appeared normal. It is not easy to find such damages in valves. DNV-GL gives a number of recommendations to control and prevent problems with valves. The complete text can be downloaded from our website.

MSC1 Circ. 1321 Guidelines for measures to prevent fires in engine-rooms

A consolidated MSC-Guideline is available for the purpose of the prevention of fire in engine-rooms, pumprooms and other fire-prone spaces based on present engineering and shipbuilding technology, including resolutions, circulars and other documents developed by IMO. This guideline: MSC1 Circ. 1321 Guidelines for measures to prevent fires in engine-rooms can be downloaded from our website.

Kind Regards,
Team RBG