MCA Advice On Safety vs Security

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Nov 242010

imageMeasures to prevent stowaways and other illicit boarders getting access to a vessel and the need for emergency escape to allow for other evacuation and access for emergency responders often conflict. Britain’s Maritime & Coast Guard Agency, MCA, has issued guidance, MGN 426 addressing the problem to assist those involved in the design, construction, operation and certification of UK ships in identifying a safe means of complying with both the safety and security requirements for escapes.

Says the MCA: “The conflict between international safety and security requirements with regard to locking the doors on escape routes while providing a means of escape is frequently reported by ship operators and designers.

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Nov 232010

imageAmendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, SOLAS, which will make the International Code for the Application of Fire Test Procedures, 2010 FTP Code, mandatory and aims to  improve lifeboat release hooks  are set to be adopted when the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee, MSC, meets at the organization’s London headquarters for its 88th session from 24 November to 3 December 2010.

The agenda also includes discussion on  piracy and armed robbery against ships off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden and the implementation of the Long-Range Identification and Tracking of ships, LRIT, system.

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IMO SOLAS Correction

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May 052010

image IMO Publishing has recently produced an updated erratum for SOLAS, Consolidated Edition 2009. It is only applicable to the English version. You can download and print it.