Commemorating 100 sessions of the Maritime Safety

The Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) 100th special session was held from December 3rd through the 7th. The program is very comprehensive and incorporated a commemorative event with presentations dedicated to emerging technologies in the naval sector. Here’s a few highlights:

  • Technology progression of maritime autonomous surface ships Kevin Daffey, Director Ship Intelligence and Engineering & Technology – Commercial Marine, Rolls-Royce plc
  • Human element in shipping – Are seafarers indispensable? Branko Berlan, ITF Accredited Representative to IMO
  • Smart marine ecosystem approach Timo Koponen, Vice President, Processing Solutions, Wartsila Marine Business.

    MSC 100th session

    Regulatory Scoping Exercise on Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships

    The MSC continued the scoping exercise for safe, secure and environmentally sound operation of Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) as IMO instruments.

    The Committee considered testing of the framework and methodology for the scoping exercise as well as proposals related to the development of interim guidelines for MASS trials. It is anticipated that the framework for the scoping exercise will be further developed and finalized.


    Goal-Based Standards and Safety Level Approach

    Following the adoption of goal-based ship construction standards for bulkers and oil takers (GBS) and the successful initial verification of 12 Recognized Organizations by IMO GBS audit teams, MSC considered the final report of the audit team that conducted the first maintenance of verification audit in order to guarantee continued conformity of the regulations with the GBS.


    Approval of Revised Guidelines on Fatigue

    The MSC was expected to approve revised IMO Guidelines on fatigue, which has been reviewed and updated by the HTW 5 Sub-Committee. The Guidelines provided data on the causes and consequences of fatigue, and the risks it presents to the safety and health of seafarers. The goal was to assist all stakeholders to contribute to the mitigation and management of fatigue.


    Safety of Ships in the Polar Waters

    The Committee was expected to establish a working group to determine how to move forward with developing mandatory measures for ships operating in polar waters but not currently covered by the Polar Code.


    2020 Sulphur Cap

    The Committee was invited to consider submissions concerning the potential need for guidance related to possible safety issues associated with the implementation of the 2020 sulphur cap. MEPC 73 in October invited MSC 100 to consider the outcome of the intersessional meeting concerning the safety implications associated with the use of low-sulphur fuel oil and take action.


    Adoption of Amendments

    The MSC was expected to adopt the following amendments:

  • Draft amendments to update the 2011 ESP Code including a series of technical and editorial revisions as well as related to criteria for grooving corrosion ad various updated tables and diagrams.
  • Draft amendments to the SPS Code including a revised chapter 8 on life-saving appliances; a requirement for special purpose ships to comply with the provisions of character IV of SOLAS; and a revised Form of Safety Certificate for Special Purpose Ships and Record of Equipment for Special Purpose Ship Safety Certificate (Form SPS).