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Friday, August 30, 2019  (Comments: 1)

Lloyd's Register (LR) has issued a reminder that the IMO’s additional regulation to SOLAS – Chapter II-1, Regulation 19-1, ‘Damage control drills for passenger ships’ – enters into force on 1 January 2020 and will apply to all passenger ships.

SOLAS Chapter III is also amended, to require damage control duties to be detailed in the ship’s muster list.

This regulation requires crew members with damage control responsibilities to participate in a drill at least every three months. Each drill must include the relevant crew members reporting to stations and preparing for their duties, as detailed on the ship’s muster list.

If fitted, the ship’s onboard damage stability computer should be used to conduct assessments of the simulated damage, and a communications link should be established to any shore-based support, if provided.

Reader Comments (1)

Having been involved in such drills I would have included a requirement that the communication link mentioned is one using a GMDSS route. Those rules do their best to ensure operability despite conditions of the vessels attitude and main power supply which might reasonably partner any damage (rather than dismissing such as a rare dual failure).

By David Varley on Monday, September 2, 2019

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