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SPECIAL PURPOSE SHIP SAFETY CERTIFICATE


Legislation :Code of Safety for Special Purpose Ships (SPS Code) (Resolution A.534(13) as amended by MSC/Circ.739)
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 :The Code applies to every new special purpose ship of not less than 500 gross tonnage. The Administration may also apply these provisions as far as reasonable and practicable to special purpose ships of less than 500 gross tonnage ((SPS Code, Chapter 1, par. 1.2).


Special purpose ships to which the Code applies includes


ships engaged in research, expedition and survey;

ships for training of marine personnel;

whale and fish factory not engaged in catching;

ships processing other living resources of the sea, not engaged in catching;

other ships with design features and modes of operation similar to ships referred to as aforementioned, which in the opinion of the Administration may be referred to this group (SPS Code, Chapter 1, par. 1.3.4).

Duration and validity :maximum 5 years (SPS Code, Chapter I, Regulation 1.7, par. 1.7.3).


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)).
See also (SOLAS 74, Annex, Chapter I, Regulation 14, par. (b), (e), (f) and (g).

Surveys :for the surveys of the Special Purpose Ship Safety Certificate refer to the Cargo Ship Safety Construction Certificate, Cargo Ship Safety Equipment Certificate, and Cargo Ship Safety Radio Certificate respectively (SPS Code, Chapter I, Regulation 1.6).

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 (SPS Code, Chapter I, Regulation 1.7, par. 1.7.1).

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

Endorsements :for the endorsements of the Special Purpose Ship Safety Certificate, refer to the endorsements of the Cargo Ship Safety Certificate.

IMPORTANT NOTES

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

The Special Purpose Ship Safety Certificate may be supplemented by a Exemption Certificate.