IMO set to finalize safe mooring rules

The International Maritime Organization would have a draft SOLAS regulation on preventing accidents when ships are being moored at their berth in a port within a week or so.

The draft regulation, aimed at better protecting seafarers and shore-based mooring personnel from injuries during mooring operations, is set to be finalized by the Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC 6) at a meeting being held from February 4th to February 8th.

The committee also aims to complete draft guidelines on the design of mooring arrangements; and on their inspection and maintenance, and to revise existing guidelines on shipboard towing and mooring arrangements. Safety measures for non-SOLAS ships operating in Polar waters, which are not currently covered by the Polar Code, are also up for consideration.