Cargo Equipment


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CARGO SHIP SAFETY EQUIPMENT CERTIFICATE


Legislation :SOLAS 74 as amended by the GMDSS amendments (which amended the 1978 Protocol), and the 1988 Protocol (which entered into force on 3 February 2000).

Application :cargo ships engaged on international voyages (SOLAS 74, Annex, Chapter I, Regulation 1, par. (a) and Regulation 12, par. (a) (iii)), of 500 tons gross tonnage and above.

Duration and validity :maximum 5 years (SOLAS 74, Annex, Chapter I, Regulation 14, par. (a)).

The Certificate shall cease to be valid:


if the relevant surveys and inspections are not completed as prescribed (SOLAS 74/78, Annex, Chapter I, Regulation 14, par. (i) (i));

if the Certificate is not endorsed in accordance with the relevant regulations (SOLAS 74/78, Annex, Chapter I, Regulation 14, par. (i) (ii));

upon transfer of the ship to the flag of another State (SOLAS 74/78, Annex, Chapter I, Regulation 14, par. (i) (iii)).

Extension :exceptionally, when at the time of expiration of the certificate the ship is not in a port in which it is to be surveyed, the Administration may extend the period of validity for maximum 3 months to allow the ship to complete its voyage and only in cases it appears reasonable to do so (SOLAS 74, Annex, Chapter I, Regulation 14, par. (e)).
See also (SOLAS 74, Annex, Chapter I, Regulation 14, par. (b), (e), (f) and (g).

Surveys :an initial survey before the ship is put in service (SOLAS 74, Annex, Chapter I, Regulation 8, par. (a) (i));

renewal survey not exceeding 5 years, except where SOLAS 74, Annex, Chapter I, Regulation 14, par. (b), (e), (f) and (g) is applicable (SOLAS 74, Annex, Chapter I, Regulation 8, par. (a) (ii));

an periodical survey, within 3 months before or after the second anniversary date or within three months before or after the third anniversary date of the Cargo Ship Safety Equipment Certificate, which shall take the place of one of the annual surveys (SOLAS 74, Annex, Chapter I, Regulation 8, par. (a) (iii));

an annual survey within 3 months before of after each anniversary date of the Cargo Ship Safety Equipment Certificate (SOLAS 74, Annex, Chapter I, Regulation 8, par. (a) (iv));

an additional survey as prescribed for passenger ships in regulation 7(b)(iii) (SOLAS 74, Annex, Chapter I, Regulation 8, par. (a) (v));

Request :Owner or shipbuilder to the Administration (e.g. the Maritime Inspectorate) or to an authorized Organization (e.g. a classification society).

Issue :Administration or authorized Organization (SOLAS 74, Annex, Chapter I, Regulation 12, par. (a) (viii)).

Inspections and Surveys :Administration or authorized Organization (SOLAS 74, Annex, Chapter I, Regulation 6, par. (a)).

Endorsements :the annual and periodical surveys shall be endorsed on the Cargo Ship Safety Equipment Certificate (SOLAS 74, Annex, Chapter I, Regulation 8, par. (c));

annual/periodical survey in accordance with regulation I/14(h)(iii);

extension of the certificate if valid for less than 5 years where regulation I/14(c) applies;

where the renewal survey has been completed and regulation I/14(d) applies;

to extend the validity of the certificate until reaching the port of survey or a period of grace where regulation I/14(e) or I/14(f) applies;

for enhancement of anniversary date where regulation I/14(h) applies.

IMPORTANT NOTE

The Cargo Ship Safety Equipment Certificate must be supplemented by a Record of Equipment (SOLAS 74, Annex, Chapter I, Regulation 12, par. (2) (vi)).