Cargo Safety


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CARGO SHIP SAFETY 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) (v)(1)), 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 748, Annex, Chapter I, Regulation 14, par. (i) (i));

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

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

Surveys :for the surveys of the Cargo Ship Safety Certificate refer to the Cargo Ship Safety Construction Certificate, Cargo Ship Safety Equipment Certificate, and Cargo Ship Safety Radio Certificate respectively.

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 Cargo Ship Safety Certificate must be endorsed as follows :

endorsement for annual and intermediate surveys relating to structure, machinery and equipment referred to in paragraph 2.1 of the Cargo Ship Safety Certificate (to be compared to the endorsement of the Cargo Ship Safety Construction Certificate);

annual/intermediate survey in accordance with Regulation I/14(h)(iii) of SOLAS 74;

endorsement for inspection of the outside of the ship's bottom (this is in agreement with Regulation I/10 (a)(v) of SOLAS 74 (provisions may be made for additional inspections);


endorsement for annual and periodical surveys relating to life-saving appliances and other equipment referred to in paragraphs 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.8 and 2.9 of the Cargo ship Safety Certificate (to be compared with the endorsement of the Cargo Ship Safety Equipment Certificate);

annual/intermediate survey in accordance with Regulation I/14(h)(iii) of SOLAS 74;


endorsement for periodical surveys relating to radio installations referred to in paragraphs 2.6 and 2.7 of the Cargo Ship Safety Certificate (to be compared with the endorsement of the Cargo Ship Safety Radio Certificate):

periodical survey in accordance with regulation I/14(h)(iii) of SOLAS 74;


endorsement to extend the Certificate if valid for less than 5 years where Regulation I/14(c) of SOLAS 74 applies;

endorsement where the renewal survey has been completed and Regulation I/14(d) of SOLAS 74 applies;

endorsement to extend the validity of the Certificate until reaching the port of survey or for a period of grace where Regulation I/14(e) or I/14(f) of SOLAS 74 applies;

endorsement for advancement of anniversary date where Regulation I/14(h) of SOLAS 74 applies.

IMPORTANT NOTES

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

The Cargo Ship Safety Certificate may be supplemented by a Exemption Certificate.