MSC.1-Circ.1445 - Clarification Of The Term First Scheduled Dry-Docking As Contained In Solas Regulation Iii1.5, As Am... (Secretariat)
MSC.1/Circ.1445 15 June 2012
CLARIFICATION OF THE TERM "FIRST SCHEDULED DRY-DOCKING" AS CONTAINED IN SOLAS REGULATION III/1.5, AS AMENDED BY RESOLUTION MSC.317(89)
1 The Maritime Safety Committee, at its ninetieth session (16 to 25 May 2012), with a view to ensuring a uniform approach towards the application of SOLAS regulation III/1.5 concerning lifeboat on-load release mechanisms, approved a clarification of the term "first scheduled dry- docking" as contained in SOLAS regulation III/1.5, as amended by resolution MSC.317(89), as follows:
"In the context of SOLAS regulation III/1.5, the wording "first scheduled dry-docking" was introduced to mean the "first scheduled out of water survey of the ship's outer bottom". This explanation is to clarify that the on-load release mechanisms need not be compliant during an in-water survey, should this occur before a dry-docking."
2 Member Governments are invited to use the above clarification when applying the requirements of SOLAS regulation III/1.5 and to bring it to the attention of all parties concerned and, in particular, port State control officers.