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IMO to discuss safety aspects of cold ironing operations

13 Mar 2018

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has scheduled a 12-16 March meeting to discuss the safety aspects of on shore power supply to ships, also known as “cold ironing”, “alternative maritime power” and “shore-side electricity”.

The Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE) has also been instructed to develop guidelines on the safe operation of cold ironing and to consider developing any necessary draft amendments to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention.

Fire protection issues on the agenda include the ongoing review of current SOLAS regulations and associated codes to minimise the incidence and consequences of fires on new and existing ro-ro passenger ships, specifically in the ro-ro spaces and special category spaces. 

On other matters, the Sub-Committee is expected to finalise draft new requirements for ventilation of totally enclosed lifeboats. The work is aimed at ensuring that a habitable environment is maintained in such survival craft.

The March meeting will also consider specific conditions and performance criteria for life-saving appliances and arrangements intended for use in polar waters, following the entry into force of IMO’s Polar Code. 

Photo credit: International Maritime Organization
Published: 13 March, 2018

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