Emergency towing arrangement and procedures

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EMERGENCY TOWING ARRANGEMENT AND PROCEDURES
Emergency towing arrangement for tankers is extended to all ship
types. Based on revised SOLAS, all ships must have a ship-specific
emergency towing procedure prepared by owners/operators based on
the guidelines of MSC.1/Circ.1255.

NOTICE TO
Ship Owners / Consultants / Surveyors / Auditors

EXISTING IMPLEMENTATION

Cargo ships constructed on or after January 1, 2010 together with passenger ships irrespective of year of build have
already implemented emergency towing procedures required by the revised Regulation 3-4 of SOLAS II-1.
Nevertheless, based on the same regulation, tankers above 20,000 DWT also comply with this new requirement and
the design and construction of emergency towing arrangements should be approved following guidelines of
MSC.35(63).
NEW REQULATION
Based on Resolution MSC.256(84) adopted on May 16, 2008 the following applies:
“Ships shall be provided with a ship-specific emergency towing procedure. Such a procedure shall be carried
aboard the ship for use in emergency situations and shall be based on existing arrangements and equipment
available on board the ship”.
This new requirement applies to all types of ships and the ship-specific emergency towing procedure shall be
prepared based on MSC.1/Circ.1255 guidelines.
According to the new adopted regulation of SOLAS II-1/Reg 3-4(2.3) the following procedures shall be included:
1. Drawings of fore and aft deck indicating possible emergency towing arrangements;
2. Inventory of equipment on board that can be used for emergency towing;
3. Means and methods of communication; and
4. Sample procedures to facilitate the preparation for and conducting of emergency towing procedures.
APPROVAL OF NEW PROCEDURE
Although the emergency towing procedure shall not be approved by DBS, the procedure will be part of the safety
emergency management system for emergency preparedness as required by ISM Paragraph 8 of Part A. Hence, the
new implemented procedure shall be verified during ISM audits.
CIRCULAIRE
URGENCE DE REMORQUAGE entente et des modalités

Remorquage d'urgence pour les pétroliers accord est étendu à tous les navires

types. Basé sur la Convention SOLAS révisée, tous les navires doivent avoir un navire-spécifiques

remorquage de secours intérieur préparé par les propriétaires / exploitants basés sur

les directives de MSC.1/Circ.1255.
AVIS AUX

Armateurs / Consultants / Experts / comptes
Mise en œuvre existante

Les cargos construits à partir du 1 Janvier, 2010 avec les navires à passagers indépendamment de l'année de construction ont

déjà mis en œuvre les procédures d'urgence de remorquage requis par le règlement révisé 3-4 de la Convention SOLAS II-1.

Néanmoins, basé sur la même réglementation, les pétroliers-dessus de 20.000 DWT également se conformer à cette nouvelle exigence et

la conception et la construction des dispositifs de remorquage d'urgence doit être approuvé des lignes directrices suivantes

MSC.35 (63).

NOUVEAU REQULATION

Basé sur la résolution MSC.256 (84) adoptée le 16 mai 2008, le suivant s'applique:

«Les navires doivent être munis d'une procédure d'urgence spécifiques à ce navire de remorquage. Une telle procédure doit être effectuée

à bord du navire pour une utilisation dans des situations d'urgence et doit être fondée sur les dispositions existantes et de l'équipement

disponibles à bord du navire ".

Cette nouvelle exigence s'applique à tous les types de navires et la procédure d'urgence spécifiques à ce navire de remorquage doit être

préparé sur la base des lignes directrices MSC.1/Circ.1255.

Selon le nouveau règlement adopté la Convention SOLAS II-1/Reg 3-4 (2.3) les procédures suivantes doivent être incluses:

1. Dessins de l'avant et pont arrière indiquant une possible urgence dispositions de remorquage;

2. Inventaire des équipements à bord qui peut être utilisé pour le remorquage d'urgence;

3. Moyens et méthodes de communication;

4. Exemples de procédures pour faciliter la préparation et la conduite des procédures de remorquage d'urgence.

APPROBATION DE NOUVELLE PROCÉDURE

Bien que la procédure d'urgence de remorquage ne doit pas être approuvé par DBS, la procédure sera le cadre de la sécurité

système de gestion d'urgence pour les mesures d'urgence tel que requis par l'ISM Le paragraphe 8 de la partie A. Par conséquent, la

nouvelle procédure de mise en œuvre doit être vérifiée lors des audits ISM.

AMENDMENTS TO FSS CODE REGARDING APPLICATION AND SMOKE DETECTION SYSTEMS

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AMENDMENTS TO FSS CODE REGARDING APPLICATION AND SMOKE DETECTION
SYSTEMS

Two important amendments have been implemented to the
International Code for Fire Safety Systems (FSS Code). The first one
includes an explanation on the application of the Code where as the
second amendment includes new specifications for smoke detection
systems. Both come in force from January 01, 2012.

NOTICE TO
Ship Owners / Managers / Surveyors

REVISED APPLICATION OF FSS CODE
According to Resolution MSC.292(87) adopted on May 21, 2010 the following new sentence shall be added after
paragraph 1.2 of Ch 1/1 of FSS Code:
“However, amendments to the Code adopted after 1 July 2002 shall apply only to ships the keels of which are laid
or which are at a similar stage of construction, on or after the date on which the amendments enter into force,
unless expressly provided otherwise”.
The above additional paragraph aims to clearly indicate that the Code applicability is based on the keel laying date
following a number of discussions and questions if amendments are applicable to new ships only.
REVISED CHAPTER 10 OF FSS CODE
Based on Resolution MSC.292(87), Chapter 10 of FSS Code has been amended as a whole. In the revised Chapter,
there are new specifications for smoke detection systems which include but not limited to the following items:
1. Revised application;
2. New general requirement including new formula for the sampling intervals;
3. New component requirements;
4. Revised installation requirements;
5. Revised sampling pipes requirements;
6. Revised system control requirements; and
7. Revised testing requirements.
The above revised Chapter is applicable to all passenger ships with more than 12 passengers and keel-laying after
January 01, 2012. Added to this, revised Chapter is also applicable to all new or existing ships of 500 GT or above
and keel-laying after January 01, 2012.

circular regarding electricity cuts across the Cyprus island resulting in communication difficulties.



Following the tragic events at the naval base “Evangelos Florakis” on
Monday July 11, 2011 there have been electricity shortages all over
the island and communication difficulties.


NOTICE TO
DBS Regional Offices / Surveyors / Ship Owners / Managers / Operators


DIFFICULTIES IN COMMUNICATION

Due to electricity cuts all over the island since last Monday 
there have been difficulties with communication and
inability to receive and respond to emails and telephone calls. 
Dromon Bureau of Shipping (DBS) would like to inform regional offices, employees and officers to take this into consideration for future communication with the Headquarters of the Organization.