Design & Engineering Standards

Notice of public meeting: IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction

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 seventh session of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC 7) to be held at the IMO Headquarters, London, United Kingdom, February 3-7, 2020.

Public meeting details:

Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters Building at St. Elizabeth’s
2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, Washington, DC, 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. Dimitrios Wiener by January 14, 2020:

Phone: (202) 372-1414
In writing: 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE, Stop 7509, Washington DC 20593-7509

Requests made after January 14 might not be able to 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:

  • Amendments to the Explanatory Notes to SOLAS chapter II-1 subdivision and damage stability regulations (resolution MSC.429(98))
  • Safety measures on non-SOLAS ships operating in polar waters
  • Finalization of second generation intact stability criteria
  • Mandatory instrument and/or provisions addressing safety standards for the carriage of more than 12 industrial personnel on board vessels engaged on international voyages
  • Development of amendments to SOLAS chapter II-1 to include requirements for water level detectors on non-bulk carrier cargo ships with multiple cargo holds
  • Mandatory application of the Performance standards for protective coatings for void spaces on bulk carriers and oil tankers
  • Performance standards for protective coatings for void spaces on all types of ships
  • Amendments to the 2011 ESP Code
  • Unified interpretation to provisions on IMO safety, security and environment-related conventions.
  • Review of mandatory requirements in SOLAS, MARPOL and Load Line Conventions and the IBC and IGC Codes regarding watertight doors on cargo ships

For more information on this, or any other International Maritime Organization meeting, visit the Coast Guard’s IMO Homepage.

View the Federal Register Notice for additional meeting registration instructions and full details on the agenda.

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