(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.