All New Regulations for 2013

In the below table we list all forthcoming marine requirements within 2013, for new "N" and existing "E" vessels.

Applicability of below requirements is subject to vessels type. Were applicable, the letters "N" and/or "E" are present in the relevant vessels type column for New and/or Existing vessels.

Requirements listed with chronological order.



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1/05/2013N & EN & EN & EN & EN & EThe Circular informs about new and revoked routing measures other than traffic separation schemes. for a later correction pertaining to the entry into force date for recommendation on navigation through the Strait of Bonifacio which will come into force 2014-07-01 see entry 4966.ResolutionA. 527 (13)SN.1/ Circ. 309
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1/05/2013N & EN & EN & EN & EN & EThe new and revoked routing measures other than traffic separation schemes as outlined in Circular SN.1/Circ.309 (see entry 4918) are corrected pertaining to the entry into force date for recommendation on navigation through the Strait of Bonifacio which will come into force 2014-07-01.ResolutionA. 527 (13)SN.1/ Circ.309/ Corr.1
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1/05/2013N & EN & EN & EN & EN & EThe circular informs about new traffic separation schemes and associated routing measures for "In Norra Kvarken", as well as amended existing traffic separation schemes for "Sunk East" and "At West Hinder".SOLAS 1974V (2000)/ 10COLREG. 2/ Circ.63
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21/05/2013, Approval on or after that date.The "Guidelines for the approval of helicopter facility foam fire-fighting appliances" apply to foam fire-fighting appliances for the protection of helicopter facilities in accordance with SOLAS regulations II-2/18.5.1.3 to 5.1.5, chapter 9 of the Code for the Construction and Equipment of Mobile Offshore Drilling Units, 2009 (2009 MODU Code) and the Recommendation on helicopter landing areas on ro-ro passenger ships (MSC/Circ.895).SOLAS 1974II-2 (2000)/ 18& 2009 MODU Code Ch.9MSC.1/ Circ.1431
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21/05/2013, Approval on or after that date.N & EThe "Guidelines for the approval of helicopter facility foam fire-fighting appliances" apply to foam fire-fighting appliances for the protection of helicopter facilities in accordance with SOLAS regulations II-2/18.5.1.3 to 5.1.5, chapter 9 of the Code for the Construction and Equipment of Mobile Offshore Drilling Units, 2009 (2009 MODU Code) and the Recommendation on helicopter landing areas on ro-ro passenger ships (MSC/Circ.895).SOLAS 1974II-2 (2000)/ 18& 2009 MODU Code Ch.9MSC.1/ Circ. 1431
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21/05/2013, Approval on or after that date.N & EN & EN & EN & EThe "Guidelines for the approval of helicopter facility foam fire-fighting appliances" apply to foam fire-fighting appliances for the protection of helicopter facilities in accordance with SOLAS regulations II-2/18.5.1.3 to 5.1.5, chapter 9 of the Code for the Construction and Equipment of Mobile Offshore Drilling Units, 2009 (2009 MODU Code) and the Recommendation on helicopter landing areas on ro-ro passenger ships (MSC/Circ.895).ResolutionII-2 (2000)/ 18& 2009 MODU Code Ch.9MSC.1/ Circ.1431
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1/06/2013N & EN & EN & EN & EN & ENew routing measures other than traffic separation schemes will come into force for a new recommendatory area to be avoided off the Ningaloo Coast, Western Australia, a new area to be avoided by ships 300 GT or over and a mandatory No Anchoring Area for all ships, as Associated Protective Measures (APMs) for Saba Bank PSSA, new areas to be avoided in waters off the Brazilian south-east coast, new recommended tracks and traffic separation line between the traffic separation schemes "Off Rodsher Island" and "Off Gogland Island" and recommendatory measure for vessels crossing the traffic separation scheme and precautionary areas in the Singapore Strait during hours of darkness. At the same time the existing Deep-water route inside the borders of the traffic separation schemes from Gogland Island to Rodsher Island is revoked.ResolutionA. 527(13)SN.1/ Circ.317
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1/06/2013N & EN & EN & EN & EN & EAmended traffic separation schemes "Off Rodsher Island", "Off Ushant", "In the Santa Barbara Channel", "Off San Francisco" and "In the Approaches to Los Angeles – Long Beach" will be implemented at 0000 hours UTC on 1 June2013.SOLAS 1974V (2000)/ 10COLREG. 2/ Circ.64
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1/06/2013N & EN & EN & EN & EN & EShips passing through or proceeding to and from ports and anchorages in the Barents SRS area are required to participate in the ship reporting system. Ships not required may participate in the ship reporting system (SRS) on a voluntary basis.SOLAS 1974V (2000)/ 11MSC.348 (91)
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1/07/2013, First periodical survey after the anniversary date of construction{E)Compliance with two compartment subdivision standard required..SOLAS 1974II-1 (1981)/8-2SOLAS/ Conf.3 Res.1
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1/07/2013, Refrigerated Cargo Carrier(N)A required EEDI applies. For the phase 0 it shall be calculated with reduction factor 0. For complete regulation see entry 4712. For unified interpretation of application dates see MEPC.1/Circ.795 (entry 5031).MARPOL 73/78VI (2008)/21. Table 1, Phase 0MEPC. 203 (62)
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1/07/2013, approvals issued in accordance with SOLAS III/34 and the LSA Code from that date.(E)N & EN & EN & EEThe IACS Unified Interpretation “LSA Code – lifeboat exterior colour” was revised to bring it in Line with MSC.1/Circ.1423 (see entry 4959) clarifying that the requirements for high visible colour are applicable to the exterior of the rigid watertight enclosure of totally enclosed lifeboats and the exterior of the canopy of partially enclosed lifeboats.UI SC233UI SC233/ Rev.1 UL
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1/07/2013, not later than the first survey after that dateEEEEEIn addition to the requirements of subparagraph 2.1 ships shall be fitted with a bridge navigational watch alarm system (BNWAS), which shall be in operation whenever the ship is underway at sea. Refer to MSC.1/Circ.1290 (entry 3727) for the term "first survey". A BNWAS installed prior to 2011-07-01 may subsequently be exempted by the administration from full compliance with the standards adopted by the IMO.SOLAS 1974V (2000)/ 19.2. 2.3 & .4MSC. 282 (86)
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1/07/2013, on delivery after that dateNNNShips engaged on international voyages shall be fitted with an electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS). Refer to MSC.1/Circ.1290 (entry 3727) for the term "first survey". Ships may be exempted by its administrations from carrying ECDIS when such ships will be taken permanently out of service within two years after the implementation date specified above.SOLAS 1974V (2000)/ 19.2. 10 & 11MSC. 282 (86)
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1/07/2013, when carrying out the drawing approval process, including re-fitting of navigation light.N & E N & E N & EN & EN & EThe IACS UI COLREG1/Rev.1 (see entry 5038) is corrected to clarify that the application date refers to the date when carrying out the drawing approval process, including re-fitting of navigation light.UI COLREG1UI COLREG1/ Rev.1/ Corr.1 UL
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1/07/2013(N)(N)(N)A required EEDI applies. For the phase 0 it shall be calculated with reduction factor 0. For complete regulation see entry 4712. For uinfied interpretation of application dates see MEPC.1/Circ.795 (entry 5031).MARPOL 73/78VI (2008)/21. Table 1, Phase 0MEPC. 203 (62)
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1/07/2013N & EN & EN & EN & EN & EThe IACS Procedural Requirement (PR) "Procedure for Suspension and Reinstatement or Withdrawal of Class in Case of Surveys, Conditions of Class or Recommendations Going Overdue" is revised to deal with the issue of reactivation from lay-up, where Docking Survey and Special Survey have gone significantly overdue during the period of lay-up, and where the facilities do not exist at the place of lay-up for all overdue surveys to be dealt with. In such cases a voyage to a repair facility may be proposed with surveys overdue. In this case, upon agreement with the Flag Administration and provided the Society finds the vessel in satisfactory condition after surveys, the extent of which are to be based on surveys overdue and duration of lay-up, a short term Class Certificate with conditions for the intended voyage may be issued. This is not applicable to vessels which class was already suspended prior to being laid-up.PR1CPR 1C/ Rev.2 UL
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2013-07-01N & EN & EN & EN & EN & EAmendments to the IAMSAR Manual (changes are given to the 2010 version of the Manual, taking into account the amendments laid down in MSC.1/Circ.1367, see entry 4359).SOLAS 1974V (2000)/ 21.2MSC.1/ Circ. 1415
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1/07/2013N & EN & EN & EN & EN & EThe IACS Unified Interpretation to COLREG 1972 Annex 1, Section 9(b) is revised to accept alternative arrangements of all-round lights with screened angles greater than 180 degrees. For a later correction, clarifying that the application date refers to the date when carrying out the drawing approval process, including re-fitting of navigation light see entry 5146.UI COLREG1UI COLREG1/ Rev.1 UL
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1/07/2013N The IACS Interpretation on "Secondary Means of Venting Cargo Tanks" is revised to clarify any differences with the OCIMF guidance. A P/V breaker fitted on the IG main may be utilised as the required secondary means of venting where the cargo is homogenous or for multiple cargoes where the vapours are compatible and do not require isolation. For ships that carry different types of cargo and use P/V valves with different settings, the settings may be adjusted to account for the different types of cargo.UI SC140UI SC140/ Rev.3 UL
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1/07/2013N & EN & EN & EN & EThe IACS UI 249 (see entry 4791)on asbestos on board ships, "Implementation of SOLAS II-1, Regulation 3-5 (see entry 3964) and MSC.1/Circ.1379" (see entry 4550) is amended to include the reference to appendix 8 of the "2011 Guidelines for the development of the inventory of hazardous materials" (resolution MEPC.197(62) see entry 4685).UI SC249UI SC249/ Rev.1 UL
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1/07/2013NNNN NThe IACS Unified Interpretation for SOLAS II-I 26-3.4 "Fuel pump arrangement required for ships to maintain normal operation of propulsion machinery when operating in emission control areas and non-restricted areas" is provided to clarify requirements for pump redundancy in cases where ships which are intended to exclusively use normal fuel (Heavy Fuel Oil or Marine Fuel Oil), use marine fuels with a sulphur content not exceeding 0,1 % m/m and minimum viscosity of 2 cSt instead.UI SC255UI SC255
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1/07/2013NNNN NThe IACS Unified Interpretation on Pilot Transfer Arrangements clarifies that SOLAS V/23.3.3.1 limits the climb to not more than 9 m on a single ladder relative to the still water line which is considered a normal condition for the pilot to board the ship. “Due allowance” for adverse list of 15 degrees applies to an emergency condition and permits a pilot climb more than 9 m by an additional length of pilot ladder. For SOLAS V/23.3.3.2 (see entry 4516) and Section 3 of Resolution A.1045(27) (see entry 4824) a 15 degrees list requirement does not apply.UI SC257UI SC257
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1/07/2013NNThe IACS Requirement on "Inert Gas Systems" is revised to clarify the meaning of "safe location"UR F20UR F20/ Rev.6 UL
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1/07/2013NNNNNThe Unified Requirement "Testing Procedures of Watertight Compartments" is revised to place the testing updates made in the IACS “PROCEDURES FOR TESTING TANKS AND TIGHT BOUNDARIES” (the PROCEDURES) into a new update of UR S14. The new procedure is attached as new annex whereas the former procedure is deleted.UR S14UR S14/ Rev.4 UL
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1/07/2013N & EN & EN & EN & EN & EThe UR W24 “Cast Copper Alloy Propellers” (see entry 4888) is corrected to correct the definition of area “A” in Figure 3. Figures 4, 5 and 6 were also improved.UR W24UR W24/ Rev.3/ Corr.1 UL
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1/08/2013N & EN & EN & EN & EN & ENew regulations 2.2.4 and 2.2.5.1 allowing on board test if it can be demonstrated that the engines due to their size, construction and delivery schedule, cannot be pre-certified on a test-bed. This pre-certification survey procedure may be accepted for an Individual Engine or for an Engine Group represented by the Parent Engine only, but it shall not be accepted for an Engine Family certification. See also "2011 Guidelines addressing additional aspects to the NOx Technial Code 2008 with regard to particular requirements related to marine engines fitted with selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) Systems" (entry 4686).NOx Technical Code 2008Ch. 2.2.4 & 2.2.5.1MEPC.217 (63)
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1/08/2013N & EN & EN & EN & EN & ECorrection for the recommended southbound route of "Rijnveld" precautionary area. For the whole measure West of Rijnveld see entry 5063.ResolutionA.527 (13)SN.1/ Circ.317/ Corr.1
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1/08/2013N & EN & EN & EN & EN & ENew routing measures other than traffic separation schemes coming into force for "In the approaches to IJmuiden", the area "West of Rijnveld". The following routeing measures are amended: "Deep-water route leading to IJmuiden" and "In the Approaches to Hook of Holland and at North Hinder". For a later correction for the recommended southbound route of "Rijnveld" precautionary area see entry 5136.ResolutionA.527 (13)SN.1/ Circ.317
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20/8/2013N & EN & EN & EN & EN & EThe ILO Maritime Labour Convention, adopted on 23 February 2006, consolidates and updates 68 existing ILO Conventions and Recommendations, to introduce internationally agreed minimum standards for conditions of employment, accommodation, health protection and social security of seafarers. Ships of >= 500 GT shall be inspected and certified for compliance with these standards. See entries 4385 and 4386.MLC 2006Complete ConventionMLC 2006
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20/8/2013N & EN & EN & EN & EN & EShips shall be inspected too (every three years, according to Guidelines for flag State inspections under the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006). Owners have to apply for inspection. Certification then is voluntary. See also entries 1159 and 4385.MLC 2006Reg. 5.1.3MLC Guidelines Flag State inspections
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20/8/2013N & EN & EN & EN & EN & EMember states shall require ships that fly its flag to carry and maintain a maritime labour certificate certifying that the working and living conditions of seafarers on the ship have been inspected and meet the requirements of national laws or regulations or other measures implementing this Convention.They also shall require that such ships shall carry and maintain a declaration of maritime labour compliance stating the national requirements implementing this Convention for the working and living conditions for seafarers and setting out the measures adopted by the shipowner to ensure compliance with the requirements on the ship or ships concerned. See also entries 1159 and 4386.MLC 2006Reg. 5.1.3MLC 2006
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20/8/2013N & EN & EN & EN & EN & EEach Member shall require that ships that fly its flag have on-board procedures for the fair, effective and expeditious handling of seafarer complaints alleging breaches of the requirements of this Convention (including seafarers’ rights). See also IACS REC 118 (entry 4602). For MLC 2006 see entry 1159.MLC 2006Reg. 5.1.5MLC 2006
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1/12/2013NNNNNVessels operating in the waters of the United States must be equipped with an USCG approved Ballast water Management system to meet the applicable ballast water discharge standard (BWDS). (Alternatively the vessel may use ballast water received from an U.S. public water system). An alternate management system (AMS) that meets the requirements may also be used, so long as it was installed on the vessel prior to the date that the vessel is required to comply with the BWDS. If using an AMS the vessel may employ the AMS for no longer than 5 years from the date it would otherwise be required to comply with the BWDS. Once ballast water management systems are type approved by the Coast Guard and available for a given class, type of vessels, or specific vessel, those vessels will no longer be able to install AMS in lieu of type approved systems. For later correction to 33 CFR Part 151 and 46 CFR Part 162 see entry 4894.CFR.33 CFR Part 151, 46 CFR Part 162
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1/01/2014N & EN & EN & EN & EN & EIACS Unified Interpretation to FTP Code 2010 Part 3 Appendix 1 item 1.13, clarifying which types of “A”-class pipe penetrations and cable transits are to be subject to additional testing and/or design criteria and which criteria that are. For FTP Code see entry 4506.UI FTP6UI FTP6
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1/01/2014 First scheduled dry docking after that date. Ballast water capacity < 5000 m3 and >1500 m3.EEEEEVessels operating in the waters of the United States must be equipped with an USCG approved Ballast water Management system to meet the applicable ballast water discharge standard (BWDS). (Alternatively the vessel may use ballast water received from an U.S. public water system). An alternate management system (AMS) that meets the requirements may also be used, so long as it was installed on the vessel prior to the date that the vessel is required to comply with the BWDS. If using an AMS the vessel may employ the AMS for no longer than 5 years from the date it would otherwise be required to comply with the BWDS. Once ballast water management systems are type approved by the Coast Guard and available for a given class, type of vessels, or specific vessel, those vessels will no longer be able to install AMS in lieu of type approved systems. For later correction to 33 CFR Part 151 and 46 CFR Part 162 see entry 4894.CFR33 CFR Part 151, 46 CFR Part 162
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