4.1 Class notation
In addition to the requirements contained in this circular, vessels must be designed, constructed and maintained in compliance with the structural, mechanical and electrical requirements of a recognised classification society. The classification rules applied must be applicable to either vessels carrying industrial personnel or passenger vessels.
4.2 Management for the safe operation of ships
All high-speed offshore vessels, regardless of size, are to be certified in accordance with Notice B from the DMA, chapter IX – safe operation of ships.
4.3 Buoyancy, stability and subdivision
Where compliance with chapter 2 of the HSC Code requires consideration of the effect of passenger weight, the requirements of regulation 2.10 for passenger craft must be used. Furthermore, industrial personnel are to be considered passengers in relation to consideration of the effect of weight, and calculations must be made on the basis of the maximum number of persons on board.
An accurate inclining experiment must be conducted in accordance with regulation 2.7 of the HSC Code.
4.4 Structural safety
If the vessel is designed for pushing against or connecting with other structures (boat landings), then the area of the bow intended to be pushed against another structure must be designed and strengthened to withstand the applied loads in accordance with the requirements of a recognised classification society. Furthermore, the requirements of the recognised classification society must take into account unintended contact between the vessel and offshore structures.
4.5 Emergency instructions and drills
Emergency fire and evacuation drills in accordance with regulation 18.5 of the HSC Code must be carried out with industrial personnel on board at intervals not exceeding 14 days, and intermediate drills must be carried out with the crew during the intermediate period at intervals not exceeding 14 days.
The goal is that each member of the crew participates in at least one evacuation, fire, damage control and man-overboard drill per week. The purpose of drills with industrial personnel on board is furthermore to train the crew’s ability to handle an emergency while carrying industrial personnel on board and, at the same time, to improve the industrial personnel’s abilities in an emergency.
4.6 Escape, evacuation and recovery
Industrial personnel may be assigned simple duties in connection with evacuation. If industrial personnel are assigned simple duties, they must be included on the muster list as if they were crew and comply with SOLAS III/37. Industrial personnel assigned simple duties must be instructed accordingly when they receive on board ship-specific safety familiarization in accordance with MSC.418(97).
The following minimum requirements shall be met:
- All deck areas must be fitted with non-skid material.
- Adequate handholds must be fitted to facilitate safe movement in the accommodation and on deck areas during normal operation and in an evacuation situation.
- A procedure must be implemented to ensure that the maximum external emergency response time and SAR capacity at an offshore site or for a given voyage is in accordance with the vessel’s operational pattern and the LSA equipment limitations.The procedure used for voyages with industrial personnel on board may differ from the ones used for transit voyages where only the crew is on board. As long as transit voyages take place within the area of operation defined in the Permit to Operate High-Speed Craft, they must take place according to regulations 18.104.22.168.1-22.214.171.124.3.
Transit voyages outside the area of operation defined in the Permit to Operate HighSpeed Craft must take place according to regulations 126.96.36.199.1-188.8.131.52.4.
- An assembly station must be designated and meet the requirements of regulation 8.4.4 of the HSC Code.
- Immersion suits and lifejackets of appropriate size must be provided for all those on board.
- All vessels must carry additional lifejackets for not less than 5% of the total number of persons on board in accordance with regulation 184.108.40.206 of the HSC Code. These lifejackets must be stowed in conspicuous places on deck or at assembly stations.
- Open reversible liferafts according to annex 11 of the HSC Code must not be used.
4.7 High-speed offshore vessels carrying more than 36 persons
An evacuation analysis must be carried out for vessels carrying more than 36 persons in accordance with regulation 4.8.2 and MSC/Circ.1166, Guidelines for a simplified evacuation analysis for high-speed passenger craft.
4.8 Type rating training
The requirement for type rating training applies to all high-speed offshore vessels regardless of size – just as the requirement for high-speed passenger craft. Type rating training must be in accordance with the requirements for passenger craft. Therefore, the type rating for all crew members must cover the control and evacuation of industrial personnel as if industrial personnel were passengers in the sense of regulation 18.6 of the HSC Code.
Education, training and certification, including Type Rating Certificates, are regulated by the Danish order no. 190 of 9 March 2011 on technical regulation on education, training and certification of officers on high-speed craft.
Consequently, the said order applies to high-speed offshore vessels regardless of size. The Company must establish and keep updated an educational and training programme ensuring training in the operational and navigational risks and characteristics of the high-speed craft on which the officer is to serve, in accordance with section 4 of the said order. Furthermore, the Company is to keep a record of the educational and training programme of each individ- ual officer, in accordance with section 8 of the order.
4.8.1 High-speed offshore vessels of 500 gross tonnage and above
For officers serving on board high-speed offshore vessels of 500 gross tonnage and above, the DMA will issue Type Rating Certificates in accordance with section 8.2 of the order at the request of the Company.
4.8.2 High-speed offshore vessels of less than 500 gross tonnage
The DMA does not require or issue Type Rating Certificates for officers serving on board high-speed offshore vessels of less than 500 gross tonnage. With the exception of the above, vessels of less than 500 gross tonnage must comply with the Danish order in full.