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2/6/2019: Notice of public meeting – IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment

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The Department of State will conduct a meeting, open to the public, led by the Coast Guard. The primary purpose of the meeting is to prepare for the sixth Session of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment, to be held at the IMO headquarters in London, United Kingdom, March 4-8, 2019.

Public meeting details:
Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters Building at St. Elizabeth’s
2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE
Washington D.C. 20593

Members of the public may register to attend this meeting up to the seating capacity of the room. To facilitate the building security process, and to request reasonable accommodation, those who plan to attend should contact the meeting coordinator, Lt. Alexandra Miller by Feb. 14, 2019, at (202) 372-1356 or

Requests made after February 14 might not be accommodated. Two valid, government-issued photo IDs must be presented to gain entrance to the Coast Guard Headquarters building.

Topics to be covered include:

• Safety objectives and functional requirements of the Guidelines on alternative design and arrangements for SOLAS chapters II-1 and III
• Develop new requirements for ventilation of survival craft
• Consequential work related to the new Code for ships operating in polar waters
• Review SOLAS chapter II-2 and associated codes to minimize the incidence and consequences of fires on ro-ro spaces and special category spaces of new and existing ro-ro passenger ships
• Amendments to MSC.1/Circ.1315
• Amendments to chapter 9 of the FSS Code for fault isolation requirements for cargo ships and passenger ship cabin balconies fitted with individually identifiable fire detector systems
• Requirements for onboard lifting appliances and anchor handling winches
• Revised SOLAS regulations II-1/13 and II-1/13-1 and other related regulations for new ships
• Development of guidelines for cold ironing of ships and consideration of amendments to SOLAS chapters II-1 and II-2
• Unified interpretation of provisions of IMO safety, security and environment-related conventions
• Amendments to paragraph of the LSA Code concerning single fall and hook systems with on-load release capability
• Revision of the Standardized Life-Saving Appliance Evaluation and Test Report Forms (MSC/Circ.980 and addenda)

View the Federal Register Notice for a list of topics and instructions on registering. For more information on this, or any other International Maritime Organization meeting, visit the Coast Guard’s IMO website.

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