Overview of major issues
Chapter III of SOLAS and the Lifesaving Appliance Code contains extensive requirements for lifesaving appliances and arrangements for all ships, including tankers. In addition, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted and continues to develop numerous guidelines to supplement these requirements. It is necessary for INTERTANKO to actively engage at IMO to ensure that any lifesaving appliance regulations and guidelines applicable to tankers will adequately protect tanker crews at all times at sea, including during ship emergency and evacuation drills.
Each individual Classification Society has adopted their own rules for the machinery and equipment on tankers for classification purposes. In addition, Classification Societies, acting on behalf of a Flag State, approves certain machinery and equipment installed on tankers in accordance with the requirements of SOLAS. These rules are developed and approved for implementation through each Classification Society’s technical committee. It is important to INTERTANKO Members that the INTERTANKO Secretariat and/or Members are in involved in these committees to ensure that any classification standards for machinery and equipment applicable to tankers are consistent with Members’ interests, are fit for purpose and are not overly burdensome.
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