Revised Load Lines Protocol annex enters into force 1 January 2005
Revisions to the
1988 Load Lines Protocol enter into force on 1 January 2005. Also entering into
force on the same date are amendments to the Guidelines on the enhanced programme
of inspections during surveys of bulk carriers and oil tankers (resolution
the 1988 Load Lines Protocol
The amendments adopted in June 2003 to Annex B to the 1988 Load Lines Protocol
include a number of important revisions, in particular to regulations concerning:
strength and intact stability of ships; definitions; superstructure and bulkheads;
doors; position of hatchways, doorways and ventilators; hatchway coamings; hatch
covers; machinery space openings; miscellaneous openings in freeboard and superstructure
decks; cargo ports and other similar openings; spurling pipes and cable lockers;
side scuttles; windows and skylights; calculation of freeing ports; protection
of the crew and means of safe passage for crew; calculation of freeboard; sheer;
minimum bow height and reserve buoyancy; and others.
The amendments, which amount to a comprehensive revision of the technical regulations
of the Protocol, will apply to approximately two-thirds of the world's fleet,
i.e., to those ships flying the flags of States Party to the 1988 LL Protocol.
The amendments do not affect the 1966 LL Convention.
June 2003 amendments
to the enhanced survey programme for tankers and bulk carriers
Also entering into force on the 1 January 2005 are amendments to the Guidelines
on the enhanced programme of inspections during surveys of bulk carriers and
oil tankers (resolution A.744(18)), to include a new appendix 3 to annex
12 of Annex B to the Guidelines relating to the sampling method of thickness
measurements for longitudinal strength evaluation and repair methods.
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agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention
of marine pollution by ships.
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