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DIVING SYSTEM SAFETY CERTIFICATE


Legislation :Code of Safety for Diving System (Resolution A.536(13).

Application :new fixed diving systems which are certificated more than 12 months after the date on which the Assembly of the Organization adopted the Code. It was adopted on 17 November 1983. However, any existing system which complies with the provisions of the Code should be considered eligible for issuance of a certificate in accordance with the Diving Code (Diving Code, Chapter 1, Paragraph 1.2).

Duration :maximum 5 years (Diving Code, Chapter 1, Paragraph 1.6.8)


The certificate would cease to be valid:


in case of significant alterations have been made to the diving system without the agreement of the Administration or the authorized Organization (Diving Code, Chapter 1, Paragraph 1.6.10).

if surveys and inspections have not been carried out as specified (Diving Code, Chapter 1, Paragraph 1.6.10).

Extension :an extension of the validity of the Certificate may be granted for a maximum period of five months at the discretion of the Administration, subject to an annual survey being carried out (Diving Code, Chapter 1, Paragraph 1.6.8).

Surveys :an initial survey before any system is put into service (Diving Code, Chapter 1, Paragraph 1.6.1.1).

renewal survey not exceeding 5 years (Diving Code, Chapter 1, Paragraph 1.6.1.2).

an annual survey within three months before or after each anniversary date of the Diving System Safety Certificate (Diving Code, Chapter 1, Paragraph 1.6.1.3).

an inspection either general or partial according to the circumstances (Diving Code, Chapter 1, Paragraph 1.6.2).

NOTE

The annual surveys shall be endorsed on the certificate (Diving Code, Chapter 1, Paragraph 1.6.1.3).

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 (Diving Code, Chapter 1, Paragraph 1.6.5).

Surveys :Administration or authorized Organization (Diving Code, Chapter 1, Paragraph 1.6.3).

REMARKS

  • Any exemptions granted under paragraph 1.4 of the Diving Code should be clearly noted on the Certificate (Diving Code, Chapter 1, Paragraph 1.6.7).
  • Each main component of the diving system should be stamped with an official number or another distinctive identification which should be given on the Certificate (Diving Code, Chapter 1, Paragraph 1.6.11).
  • Limiting operating parameters including vessels' motion and environmental conditions should be shown on the Certificate (Diving Code, Chapter 1, Paragraph 1.6.12).
  • The provisions regarding surveys and certification of paragraph 1.6 are without prejudice to any rights of the coastal State under international law to impose its own requirements relating to the regulation, surveying and inspection of diving systems engaged, or intending to engage in diving operations on those parts of the sea-bed and subsoil over which that State is entitled to exercise sovereign rights (Diving Code, Chapter 1, Paragraph 1.7.2).