22 Feb 2018 14:49 (GMT+1)

Are lifesaving appliances adapted to the Polar Code?

The Polar Code (Edition 2016) has been implemented since 1st of January 2017. It´s over one year now and I asked myself what has the industry done to meet the requirements drawn up in this code?

I have been lucky to participate in the SARex 2 expedition which has taught me a lot about the challenges of surviving in areas described in the Polar Code. (See below for report reference) I have been involved in many deliveries of lifeboats, rescue boats and launching systems (davits) installed on vessels operating in areas described in the Code. Each delivery had its own mitigations, those mitigations being based on how much focus the ship owner / shipyards have given to this issue. Ba...
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last 48 years ago


Hi Johannes, A note re. Requirements on life-saving appliances. The Polar Code - 8.2.2 Evacuation. "All life-saving appliances and associated equipment shall provide safe evacuation and be functional under the possible adverse environmental conditions during the maximum expected time of rescue."
The Polar Code - 11.2 Functional requirement. “… the voyage plan shall take into account the potential hazards of the intended voyage.”
A comment about The Polar Code on Voyage planning - "The master shall consider a route through polar waters, taking into account the current situation on route, information on ice, areas remote from search & rescue capabilities ..." Best regards Sten
9 months ago
Its ok for the equipment manufacteurs to meet the Polar Code standard but as proved in the SARex2 exercises they need to far exceed these standards in order to ensure survival for five days .
9 months ago
IMO's Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment, meeting for its 5th session next week, has this matter on its agenda (Agenda item 6 - Consequential work related to the new Code for ships operating in polar waters) and a working group will consider additional requirements for LSA on polar ships.

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