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Monday, May 4, 2020 

DNV GL says it has noticed increased requests for reduced load line assignments, especially from the tanker industry, and has responded by the introduction of a faster and leaner process for compliance with the International Load Line Convention 1966 (LLC).

A new load line assignment may be needed for various reasons, such as for a port entry or a new charter, and requests are often made at short notice. A new assignment may either be permanent, meaning that the vessel may hold multiple load lines, or temporary. DNV GL recommends multiple load line certificates for vessels using a reduced DWT more than once.

To apply for a new additional load line assignment, the owner or operator should register a DATE case via My Services on Veracity. Upon receipt of the draught information, the particulars of freeboards for the additional load line will be calculated. After receiving the documentation, the owner or operator may request on board survey for verification of a new load line mark. In accordance with LCC regulation 8, the ring, lines and letters shall be painted in white or yellow on a dark ground or in black on a light ground, and be permanently marked - by welding, cutting or punching, on the sides of the ship to the satisfaction of the Administration. Permanent marking of load line marks and freeboard should be prepared before the survey, and accurate evidence of the permanent load linemark must be provided.

Changes between permitted load lines shall either be carried out on board or by remote survey depending on flag Administration’s policy. Change of load line may be requested via MY Services on the Veracity platform In the My Services.

The surveyor will issue the international load line certificate(s), in accordance with LLC Annex III, where the deadweight value is not indicated. All certificates are available in the My Services on Veracity. Upon request by the owner, DNV GL may issue a DWT statement for the permitted load lines.

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