What are the new regulations for in-service inspection and maintenance for mooring equipment and lines that all existing ships must comply with, and what type of documentation is required to prove compliance?
As part of the latest changes to SOLAS regulation II-1/3-8 regarding towing and mooring equipment, new guidelines (MSC.1/Circ.1620) for mooring equipment inspection and maintenance, including lines, have been introduced. These amendments will become effective on or after January 1, 2024.
The retroactive requirements set forth in MSC.1/Circ.1620 will apply to all new vessels and all vessels in operation after January 1, 2024.
For vessels built before 2007, compliance with SOLAS mooring requirements was not mandated. Therefore, some information like SWL and MBL may not be readily available. In such cases, new calculations may need to be carried out by the company or a third party. These calculations might reveal that reinforcement of the support foundations for mooring fittings is necessary to achieve an acceptable MBL and SWL. Any modification to the hull structure must be approved by the class.