(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.