Statutory Alert: Early implementation of requirements for portable atmosphere testing instruments for enclosed spaces – Singapore and Vanuatu Applicability: Owners and managers of vessels registered in Singapore and Vanuatu
The Singapore flag administration has issued Shipping Circular No.8 of 2015 and the Republic of Vanuatu has issued Fleet/Safety Letter 170415 regarding the early implementation of future amendments to SOLAS Regulation XI-1/7. The Circular and Letter require a portable atmosphere testing instrument (or instruments) to be provided as soon as possible, but no later than 1 July, 2015.
This requirement applies to all Vanuatu-registered vessels to which SOLAS Regulations apply; and to all Singapore-registered vessels to which Chapter I of the Singapore Merchant Shipping (Safety Convention) Regulations applies. Under Singapore, the application is extended to drilling/non-drilling units certified to the Code for the Construction and Equipment of Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODU Code).
In accordance with the amendments to SOLAS regulation XI-1/7 contained in IMO Resolution MSC.380(94):
Portable atmosphere testing instruments shall be capable of measuring concentrations of oxygen, flammable gases or vapours, hydrogen sulphide and carbon monoxide prior to entry into enclosed spaces.
Instruments carried under other requirements may satisfy this regulation.
Suitable means shall be provided for the calibration of all such instruments.
Shipowners should take into consideration MSC.1/Circ.1477 – Guidelines to Facilitate the Selection of Portable Atmosphere Testing Instruments for Enclosed Spaces as Required by SOLAS Regulation XI-1/7.