What new requirements and interpretations to expect when passing SIRE with new VIQ7?

08 Aug '19, 10:01

Aug. 8, 2019, 10:01 a.m.
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The wording of each question has now been changed to confirm that not only the various procedures are in place but also the fact that are the crew on board well aware of these procedures and can show their familiarity with the procedures and the working of the equipment.
The Competency of each crew members are also now in question to demonstrate their knowledge and familiarity
The Old Chapter 7 – Structural Condition is now merged with the new Chapter 2.
The Old chapter 10 - Communication has been merged with the Chapter 4 – Navigation.
New Chapter 7 added regarding Maritime and Cyber Security.
New regulations and certification now incorporated in the VIQ 7 with detailed notes for – ECDIS, BNWAS, SEEMP, Ballast Water Management System and Mooring Guidelines. New SOLAS regulations for ships constructed after 2016 and 2017 incorporated in the questionnaire. Various old VIQ question numbers have been now clubbed under one question to re-organize the new questionnaire. There are a new additions in the note which the vessels are already following and are part of existing regulations and have been now included in the guidance notes. (which are highlighted in the detailed report.) In-addition to the detailed New Additions to the SIRE VIQ 7 report here are a few important additions in the VIQ 7.

Chapter 1. – General Information

1.14 - OCIMF HVPQ software to be reviewed for the accuracy of its data.
1.15 - Engineered operations ( internal re-circulation, discharging / back loading ) are not allowed to change the type of operation the vessel is carrying out during inspection.
1.26 - Class Survey Records – dated not more than 15 days prior to the inspection

Chapter 2 – Certification and Documentation

2.1.2 – CSR revision and updated document to be issued not later than 3 months from the date of change.
2.1.13 - CLC for crew repatriation insurance as applicable.
2.1.15 – Ballast Water Management Certificate.
2.1 – Electronic certificates now being permitted depending on the administration.
2.5 – Internal Audit - last 2 audits or in the last 9 months under the present management will be reviewed.
2.6 – Master’s SMS review to have input from Ships management team.
2.10 – e-ORB logs can now be accepted. Depending on flag state approval of the system.

Chapter 3 – Crew Management

3.7 – ECDIS certification guidance notes.
3.8 – Unannounced Alcohol Test to be initiated by the company unless alternative means that master is tested on an un-announced basis. Frequency of on-board un-announced testing less than the shortest contact period.

Chapter 4 – Navigation and Communications

4.4 – Fire and Safety rounds – recorded in log book – staff conducting rounds aware of their duties. Rounds should include physical check of loose equip, doors, fire and security risk.
4.8 – Procedures for testing of Navigation lights and actions in event of failure.
4.17 – Company SMS must clearly state what is the primary means of Navigation regardless of form E.
4.23 – Radio logs to mention period and reason when watch dis-continued.

Chapter 5 – Safety Management

5.1 – Officers familiarity on the Risk assessment process.
5.2 – Permit of Works addition of – gas testing/equipment and working on deck during adverse weather.
5.6 – Smart watches / Fitness bands used by crewmembers will be an observation.
5.8 – Evidence that Near miss reports should be generated by all ranks and not by just senior members or one department.
5.10 – Self closing doors operational status during aircon on part re-circulation to be checked.
5.26- Welding Equipment regulators to be inspected annually and replaced or refurbished on 5 yearly basis.

Chapter 5 – Safety Management

5.30 – Propeller guards for rescue boat propeller as per CFR.
5.35 – CO2 system pins in the activation assembly should be left in / out? (Depending on the system should be - Ready for immediate use )
5.43 – Minimum of two two-way portable radiotelephone apparatus for each fire party.
5.48 Sample arrangements – cargo and bunker samples storing arrangement. Company policy on disposal of samples to be prepared

Chapter 6 – Pollution Prevention

6.17 – 15ppm bilge alarm data recorder to store data for 18 months even if the bilge alarm is replaced.
6.21 – Ballast treatment system – officers familiarity maintenance and PMS.

Chapter 7 – Maritime Security

7.4 – Security related equipment inspection and maintenance records – Razor wires / barbed wires , water cannons ,security locks, lockable hatches and stairwells.
7.8 – Security related information incorporated in the passage plan.
7.10 – Procedures for vessel hardening.
7.14 – Cyber security plan and procedures part of SMS. Additionally Cyber response plan On-board.
7.15 – crew aware of company policy on control and access of ship IT/OT system.
7.16 – Policy and guidance on use of personal devices on board.
7.17 – Policy on use of personal devices in familiarisation checklist.

Chapter 8 – Cargo and Ballast Systems - Petroleum

8.11 – Regular testing of cargo and ballast tank valves – Opening closing timings.
8.13 – Comparison of temperature and pressure sensors against MMC/ local gauges.
8.19 – tankers constructed after 1 Jan 2017 – secondary venting – capable of preventing over pressure and under pressure.
8.30 – Safe entry requirements in the IG room(s) (New Vsl – 01 Jan 2016)
8.31 – Over pressurisation of the cargo tank and procedures to prevent it during purging blowing and pigging.
8.52 Officers aware of the POAC’s necessary qualification and experience.
8.55 Chafing covers for synthetic mooring passing thru fairleads during STS operations.

Chapter 9 – Mooring

9.2 – Mooring Ship Management Plan
The MSMP will consist of the following:

  • Part A – General ship particulars
  • Part B – Mooring equipment design philosophy
  • Part C – Detailed list of mooring equipment
  • Part D – Inspection, maintenance and retirement strategies
  • Part E – Risk and change management, safety or personnel and human factors
  • Part F – Records and documentation
  • Part G –Mooring System Management Plan Register (MSMPR)

9.3 – Line Management Plan. It is recommended that ship operators develop a programme for line maintenance, inspection, retirement and end-to-end policy.
9.4 Operators policy on line inspection, retirement and wear zone management outlined in the Line Management Plan?
9.5 - The mooring lines fitted should have a Line Design Break Force (LDBF) of 100-105% of the Ship Design MBL (MEG 5.2.1).
9.8 – Permanent markings of Snap back zones to be removed. Areas of elevated risk to be marked.
9.11- For split drums - Guidance on the minimum number of turns should be obtained from the line manufacturer and documented in the Line Management Plan. If guidance is not available, a minimum of eight turns should be used.
9.24 – Crew aware of the Limitations of the anchor windlass system.
9.8 – Permanent markings of Snap back zones to be removed. Areas of elevated risk to be marked.
9.11- For split drums - Guidance on the minimum number of turns should be obtained from the line manufacturer and documented in the Line Management Plan. If guidance is not available, a minimum of eight turns should be used.
9.24 – Crew aware of the Limitations of the anchor windlass system.

Chapter 10 – Engine and Steering Compartments

10.10 – HAZID – Hazard Identification Assessment for change over procedures to LSFO.
10.11 – Class approved Exhaust Gas Cleaning System – Officer Familiar with system requirements and these documented.
10.24 - Insulation matting should conform to a minimum 1000V (depending on the system)
10.44 – Safe operating requirements of any Water tight Doors.

Chapter 11 – General Appearance and Condition

11.5 – Piping permanently fitted with insulation - Maintenance plan in place to ascertain the condition of the piping.
11.7 - There is no requirement for ballast tank vents to be fitted with flame screens.

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