Lifting Appliances

Lifting Appliances

During the Association's Technical Committee meeting in Hong Kong on the 6th March 2017, Chris Dyson of Brookes Bell delivered  presentation on Crane Failures which can be found here (member login required)

(updated on 17 Dec 2105)

Position of INTERCARGO

The Members of the INTERCARGO Technical Committee noted developments in the IMO agenda item and agreed the importance of good design; approval and maintenance issues were also considered in need of greater attention. Concern was expressed that some of the cranes now being supplied were not marine cranes, and that this was causing additional reliability problems. Members determined that an Intercargo correspondence group should be initiated to further consider the issues that could be associated with cargo gear on bulk carriers and also request approval of the Executive Committee for an additional workshop to be arranged specifically on these issues.



Over the last 10 years there have been a number of accidents involving onboard lifting appliances, some of which have resulted in fatalities. Recognising that this is unacceptable the IMO has been looking at ways to improve the situation. It was reported that the root cause of the majority of accidents has been identified as lack of maintenance or poor/incorrect operation.

MSC 89 in May 2011 approved a new task on "Development of requirements for onboard lifting appliances and winches”;

Before June 2013, IMO made contact with ILO on this matter for input.

SSE 1 in March 2014 decided that there should be a further period for collection and analysis of additional data and corroborative evidence before any decision could be taken on whether there is a need to take any measures. The scope, extent and application of any measures and whether this should be mandatory through amendments to SOLAS or non-mandatory guidance could then be considered and agreed by SSE.

SSE 2 in March 2015 requested MSC 95 to decide on whether mandatory SOLAS requirements need to be prepared in addition to the development of guidelines for safety onboard lifting appliances and winches.

MSC 95 in Jun 2015 decided to set up a correspondence group to deal with the issue.


(Updated on 17 Dec 2015)

MSC 95 in June 2015 decided to establish a Correspondence Group (CG) on Onboard Lifting Appliances and Winches with following terms of reference, under the coordination of Japan:

1) develop draft guidelines to cover the design, fabrication and construction for new installations; onboard procedures for routine inspection, maintenance and operation of lifting appliances and winches; and familiarization of ship's crew and shore-based personnel;

2) prepare draft goal- and function-based SOLAS regulations requiring that onboard lifting appliances and winches be designed, constructed and installed either "in accordance with codes or standards acceptable to the Organization" or "to the satisfaction of the Administration"; and maintained in accordance with guidelines for safety onboard lifting appliances and winches to be developed by IMO.

The outcome of the CG will be submitted to SSE3 to be held on Monday, 14 to Friday, 18 March 2016. Final draft of the submission is enclosed here for download.

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