Mooring matters

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has said that it was working to prevent accidents and injury when ships were secured at their berth in a port. A revised SOLAS regulation on safe mooring was expected to be finalised when the Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC) met from January 22nd to 26th. The meeting was also scheduled further to develop new and revised related guidance to support the safe use of equipment, including mooring lines, pulleys, winches etc.

Other items on the agenda included guidelines and regulations for passenger ships in the event of flooding.

The meeting was expected to finalize draft guidelines on stability computers and shore-based support for specific passenger ships, to support draft SOLAS amendments regarding operational information after a flooding casualty for new and existing ships, expected to be adopted this year.

Also in development were draft amendments to SOLAS on the availability of passenger ships’ electrical power after flooding from side raking damage.