Guidelines on coatings
THE Hong Kong Shipowners Association will soon publish its Recommended Coatings Guidelines.
The guidelines were prepared with the help of the association's associate members representing the industry and classification societies.
'The guidelines would provide members with a recommended practice and standards for water ballast tank coatings,' association director Michael Farlie said.
'Given sufficiently wide adoption by owners they should be valuable when negotiating specifications for newbuildings with the shipyards,' he said.
Mr Farlie was hopeful the guidelines would attract the interest and support of the International Association of Classification Societies.
The association is also working with Intercargo and other national associations in an effort to formulate an international standard for safe loading criteria for dry bulk carriers in a scientific way.
Mr Farlie said such an international standard could be accepted and promoted by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and through which 'we hope eventually to persuade charterers and iron ore terminals to comply' with.
The association has urged the classification societies to take a unified role in establishing and publicising more comprehensive safe bulk loading criteria.
He said the association had established a good understanding with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and its monitoring of loading operations by bulk terminal operators.
'We have encouraged our members to make regular use of the IMO recommended ship-share safety check list in order to ensure adequate co-operation between the ship and terminal and proper planning prior to the commencement of cargo operations,' Mr Farlie said.
On the implementation of IMO's International Safety Management Code in Hong Kong, Mr Farlie said the association was still discussing with the Marine Department on how this legislation should be best applied.
Various organisations, including classification societies have been working with members to bring their management systems, both ashore and afloat, into compliance.
Mr Farlie said it was hoped the publication of the IMO guidelines would help clarify ambiguities in regard to the universally correct implementation of the requirements 'which should not be left to the self interests of flag authorities'.