IMO set to adopt ship construction standards
International goal-based standards for new ship construction are set to be adopted when International Maritime Organization's (IMO) maritime safety committee (MSC). The packed agenda also includes discussion on piracy and armed robbery against ships off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden, the implementation of the Long-Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) system, and the adoption of other amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS).
The MSC is expected to consider, with a view to adoption, the draft International goal-based ship construction standards for bulk carriers and oil tankers, along with proposed amendments to SOLAS Chapter II-1 making their application mandatory, following their approval at the last session.
The proposed SOLAS regulation II-1/3-10 on Goal-based ship construction standards for bulk carriers and oil tankers would apply to oil tankers and bulk carriers of 150 m in length and above.
It would require new ships to be designed and constructed for a specified design life and to be safe and environmentally friendly, in intact and specified damage conditions, throughout their life.
The ship should have adequate strength, integrity and stability to minimize the risk of loss of the ship or pollution to the marine environment due to structural failure, including collapse, resulting in flooding or loss of watertight integrity.
The MSC is also expected to consider for adoption the guidelines for verification of conformity with goal-based ship construction standards for bulk carriers and oil tankers and the guidelines for the information to be included in a ship construction file.
The goal-based standards have been developed on the basis of a five-tier system, consisting of goals, functional requirements, verification of conformity, rules and regulations for ship design and construction and industry practices and standards.