Unified Interpretations relating to the Application of SOLAS
24 March 2017 | C17017
This circular informs Owners having ships designed to carry five or more tiers of containers on or above the weather deck with the requirements related to fire pumps.
Ship Owners / Managers / Operators | Surveyors
Considering that neither the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as modified by the Protocol 1978 (MARPOL Convention), nor the Survey Guidelines under the Harmonized System of Surveys and Certification (HSSC) prohibits the renewal inspections in advance or the de-harmonization of the IOPP Certificates, it has been accepted the International Oil Pollution Prevention (IOPP) Certificate from being de-harmonized from all other statutory certificates, in order to provide enough time to all applicable vessels to comply with the BWM Convention requirements.
The de-harmonization of the IOPP survey will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by each Flag. Upon completion of the early renewal IOPP survey, Dromon shall issue a new Certificate with validity of 5 years.
BWM Convention requirements
Prior September 08, 2017, on board all applicable vessels an approved Ballast Water Management Plan (BWMP) and a Ballast Water Management Certificate (BWMC) or Statement of Compliance must exist.
After September 08, 2017 and vessel’s first IOPP Renewal Survey, Owners must install on board their vessels the ballast treatment system.
For further information about the BWM Convention and guidelines, please check Dromon Publication.
Owners / Managers / Operators should consider above information and any action should be taken prior 8th September 2017, when the BWM Convention enters into force.
Owners / Managers / Operators are once more reminded to start submitting to Dromon Engineering Department their Ballast Water Management Plans for review and approval urgently in order to avoid any problems or delays due to the submission of a great number of plans in the very close period to the entry into force of the Convention.