ANNEX 2 dated 30 June 2013

30 June 2013
1 The following information is provided to enable compliance with Regulation 37 of
MARPOL Annex I which, inter alia, requires that shipboard pollution emergency plans for oil
(SOPEP) shall contain a list of authorities or persons to be contacted in the event of a pollution
incident involving such substances. Requirements for oil pollution emergency plans and relevant
oil pollution reporting procedures are contained in Articles 3 and 4 of the 1990 OPRC Convention.
2 This information is also provided to enable compliance with Regulation 17 of MARPOL
Annex II which, inter alia, requires that the shipboard marine pollution emergency plans for oil
and/or noxious liquid substances (SMPEP) shall contain a list of authorities or persons to be
contacted in the event of a pollution incident involving such substances. In this context,
requirements for emergency plans and reporting for hazardous and noxious substances are also
contained in Article 3 of the 2000 OPRC-HNS Protocol.
3 Resolution MEPC.54(32), as amended by resolution MEPC.86(44), on the SOPEP
Guidelines and resolution MEPC.85(44), as amended by resolution MEPC.137(53), on the
SMPEP Guidelines adopted by the IMO require that these shipboard pollution emergency plans
should include, as an appendix, the list of agencies or officials of administrations responsible for
receiving and processing reports as developed and up-dated by the Organization in compliance
with Article 8 (Reports on incidents involving harmful substances) and Protocol I (Provisions
concerning Reports on Incidents Involving Harmful Substances) of the MARPOL Convention.
Under Article 8 of Convention, each Party to the Convention shall notify the Organization with
complete details of authorities responsible for receiving and processing reports on incidents for
circulation to other Parties and Member States of the Organization. Attention is also drawn to
both Guidelines which stipulate that "in the absence of a listed focal point, or should any undue
delay be experienced in contacting the responsible authority by direct means, the master should
be advised to contact the nearest coastal radio station, designated ship movement reporting
station or rescue co-ordination centre (RCC) by the quickest available means".
4 The "List of national operational contact points responsible for the receipt, transmission
and processing of urgent reports on incidents involving harmful substances, including oil from
ships to coastal States" contained in the circular is updated at the end of each calendar year.
This list is an update of that contained in MSC-MEPC.6/Circ.10 dated 31 December 2011, as
5 The above mentioned “List” is available on the Internet and can be accessed as follows:
Marine-Pollution-Emergency-Plans.aspx (select "SOPEP National Operational Contact
Points" on the right hand side of the given link) or (select either “National
Contacts” or “Circulars” links on the bottom of the IMO homepage). This Internet version is
updated on a quarterly basis and includes a summary indicating which country has
submitted changes to its information, since the previous update.
6 On receipt of this latest version and in order to maintain an accurate list, it is necessary

Revised guidelines for the maintenance and inspection of fire protection systems and appliances

This is a reminder that the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has issued revised guidelines for the maintenance and inspection of fire protection systems and appliances already in force since May 31, 2013. Ship managers should assure that the existing maintenance programme onboard follows the revised guidelines.

The revised IMO guidelines have been adopted through MSC.1/Circ.1432 and supersede

MSC/Circ.850. The revised guidelines include key changes to the minimum contents of the plan for

periodical maintenance, inspection and testing of systems, equipment and appliances that can be

found in paragraphs 4 to 10. Inspections should be carried out by the crew members on board the ship

to ensure that the indicated weekly, monthly, quarterly, annual, two-year, five-year and ten-years

actions are taken for the specified equipment, if provided (refer to page 2 of this circular).

For the maintenance and testing of portable fire-extinguishers and fixed CO2 fire-extinguishing

systems the IMO has published separate comprehensive instructions and guidelines through

Resolution A.951(23) and MSC.1/Circ.1318 respectively, that should be followed.

The information should be used for the ship’s on board maintenance plan as required by SOLAS

regulation II-2/14. As per ISM Code 10.1 the safety management system of the company has to provide

a maintenance plan which ensures maintenance and inspection of the ship and equipment according to

the relevant rules and regulations, codes, guidelines and standards. The ship managers should ensure

that the existing maintenance programme on board ships follows the revised guidelines and necessary

amendments or revisions should be carried out.

As per the revised guidelines certain maintenance procedures and inspections may be performed by

competent crew members who have completed an advanced fire-fighting training course, while others

should be performed by persons specially trained in the maintenance of such systems. The onboard

maintenance plan should indicate which parts of the recommended inspections and maintenance are

to be completed by trained personnel. Records of the inspections should be carried on board the ship

and in cases where the inspections and maintenance are carried out by trained service technicians

other than the ship's crew, inspection reports should be provided at the completion of the testing.

Ship Owners/Managers/Operators should assure that the on board maintenance program has been


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