MSC.1-Circ.1229 - Guidelines For The Approval Of Stability Instruments (Secretariat)

MSC.1/Circ.1229 11 January 2007

GUIDELINES FOR THE APPROVAL OF STABILITY INSTRUMENTS
1 The Maritime Safety Committee, at its eighty-second session (29 November to 8 December 2006), approved the Guidelines for the approval of stability instruments, set out in the annex, aiming at providing additional guidance on approval procedures of stability instruments supporting the safe operation of ships.
2 Member Governments are invited to bring the annexed Guidelines for the approval of stability instruments to the attention of interested parties as they deem appropriate.
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MSC.1/Circ.1229
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ANNEX
GUIDELINES FOR THE APPROVAL OF STABILITY INSTRUMENTS 1 Purpose The aim of this document is to provide additional guidance on approval procedures of stability instruments supporting the safe operation of ships. 2 Definition A stability instrument is an instrument installed on board a particular ship by means of which it can be ascertained that stability requirements specified for the ship in Stability Booklet are met in any operational loading condition. A stability instrument comprises hardware and software. 3 Software approval The accuracy of the computational results and actual ship data used by the programmes should be verified for the particular ship on which the programmes will be installed. This ship specific approval of on-board loading instruments is required for all ships equipped with a stability instrument. 4 Acceptable tolerances 4.1 Depending on the type and scope of programmes, the acceptable tolerances should be determined differently, according to 4.5 or 4.6. Excess from these tolerances should not be accepted unless the Administration considers that there is a satisfactory explanation for the difference and that there will be no adverse effect on the safety of the ship. 4.2 Examples of pre-programmed input data include the following: .1 Hydrostatic data: displacement, LCB, LCF, VCB, KMt and MCT versus draught.
.2 Stability data: KN or MS values at appropriate heel/trim angles versus displacement, stability limits.
.3 Compartment data: volume, LCG, VCG, TCG and FSM/grain heeling moments versus level of the compartments contents. 4.3 Examples of output data include the following: .1 Hydrostatic data: displacement, LCB, LCF, VCB, KMt and MCT versus draught as well as actual draughts, trim.
.2 Stability data: FSC (free surface correction), GZ-values, VCG, GM, VCG/GM limits, allowable grain heeling moments, derived stability criteria, e.g. areas under the GZ curve, weather criteria.
.3 Compartment data: calculated volume, LCG, VCG, TCG and FSM/grain heeling moments versus level of the compartments contents. 4.4 The computational accuracy of the calculation program results should be within the acceptable tolerances specified in 4.5 or 4.6, of the results using an independent program or the approved stability information with identical input.
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4.5 Programmes which use only pre-programmed data from the approved stability information as the basis for stability calculations should have zero tolerances for the printouts of input data. Output data tolerances should be close to zero, however, small differences associated with calculation rounding or abridged input data are acceptable. Additionally differences associated with the use of hydrostatic and stability data for trims that differ from those in the approved stability information are acceptable subject to review by the Administration.
4.6 Programmes which use hull form models as their basis for stability calculations may have tolerances for the printouts of basic calculated data established against either data from the approved stability information or data obtained using the authoritys approval model. Acceptable tolerances should be in accordance with the table below.
Deviation in % = {(base value - applicants value)/base value} 100 The base value may be taken from the approved stability information.
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