IMO Focuses on Passenger Ship Safety Level

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Brief glance of IMO’s agenda in the following weeks:

  • Which safety level should be established for small passenger ships?
  • How is it technically possible to acquire?

IMO is to take a final stance on the choice between these two formulas at the 97th session of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC).

        R = 0.000088 ∗ N + 0.7488 or R = 0.0719 x ln N + 0.291?

What does this formula represent?

The formulas are the basis for calculating how a passenger ship must be constructed in order to have a sufficient tolerance in case of damage that results in a hole in the hull.

Excerpts from the experts:

Director Per Sønderstrup from the Danish Maritime Authority stated, ”The formulas reflect that the IMO no longer adopts very detailed regulations that state exact technical solutions based on traditions and experiences gained back in time when ships were coal-fired.  Today, the IMO has the ambition of adopting regulations based, inter alia, on research and physical principles and making it possible to construct new solutions that have not been seen before. Denmark supports this since we are working actively to make regulation goal-based and function-based rather than to promote technology-neutral regulation and innovation, thus giving Blue Denmark the best possibilities of using its competencies in global competition.”

Pushed forth by Denmark:

Denmark advocates achieving a high safety level as technically possible, and what is to be considered in the IMO is exactly about what is technically possible when room must still be available on board for goods and passengers and when the ship is, for example, to enter existing ferry berths.  The agreement is expected about one or the other formula during the weekend once the arguments have been debated.

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Source: DMA