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Consultation—Marine order 21—Safety and emergency arrangements
The consultation closed Tuesday 15 October 2019.
Marine order 21 provides information about:
- safety of navigation
- emergency procedures and
- atmosphere sampling and measuring.
The proposed new Marine order 21 (Safety and emergency arrangements) will amend the existing marine order to introduce a new regulation about damage control drills for passenger ships, and is included within the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea.
The key changes for this amendment are:
- The purpose section of Marine Order 21 will be amended to capture the new SOLAS regulation Chapter II-1/19-1.
- Including damage control duties in section 23(2)(a).
- New procedures for the 'Damage control drill for passenger ships' added in Schedule 1.
- A consequential amendment to Marine Order 12.
The damage control drills for passenger vessels include:
- any seafarer with damage control duties must report to the seafarer’s muster station and prepare for duties in the muster list
- any bilge pump must be operated and its alarm and automatic starting system checked
- any communication link to shore based support must be tested
- stability assessments must be conducted for the simulated damage conditions by using:
- damage control information and
- an on board damage stability computer if fitted and
- the activated link at least once a year if the vessel has a communication link to shore-based support.
It is proposed that this amended order will come into effect on 1 January 2020.