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CREW CARE Accommodation Cleaning Program

To improve crew welfare by providing cleaner, safer, and healthier living spaces, and to support customer CSR and sustainability goals, Drew Marine recently launched The CREW CARE Accommodation Cleaning Program. CLICK HERE to read recent customer testimonials for our innovative program and to learn more about it.

Span Gases

Today’s ships are more frequently using sophisticated instruments to monitor onboard atmospheres. These instruments are critical in measuring dangerous levels of flammable gases, toxic gases, exhaust emissions, and oxygen levels in atmospheres. And they are required to ensure the safety of the crew, ship, and the quality of the product being transported. In order to make certain these instruments are working correctly, calibration gases are necessary. The Drew Marine Span Gas Program will deliver the consistency, reliability, and compliance our customers demand for all of their calibration requirements.

SOLAS requires ships carrying cargoes that are likely to emit a toxic or flammable gas, or that are likely to cause oxygen depletion in a cargo space, be provided with an appropriate instrument for measuring the concentration of gas or oxygen in the air, together with detailed instructions for its use. The calibration, according to the IMO MSC 1370, should be carried out at a minimum once a month and the system should be designed to permit onboard calibration by the crew. Implicit in the provision is the requirement that the operator provides the correct instrument for each gas testing need. It should be noted that the different gas testing functions may be incorporated into a multi-function gas measuring instrument. The gas measurement instrumentation on board a tanker should form a comprehensive and integrated system that addresses all the necessary applications identified by the operator. The instruments should be fit for the task to which they are applied, and users should be made aware of the particular applications and limitations of each instrument. Users of gas measuring instruments should be trained in the proper use of the equipment, to a level suited to their work duties. A sufficient number of gas measuring instruments should be available on board the ship to meet all the identified requirements. This will allow for instrument failures, servicing requirements, and the capability of the ship’s staff to undertake repair and certified calibration of the instruments. All of the following factors must be considered: The SOLAS regulations found in Chapter II-2, IMO MSC circular 1370, Chapter 16 of the FSS Code, the frequency of equipment usage, and the gas detection equipment OEM requirements. Once these have all been reviewed the procedure for calibration, including the frequency, can be developed for the ship’s Safety Management System (SMS). Drew Marine has authorized equipment calibration experts for both onboard fixed or portable systems that require calibration. Whether if it is a small personnel protective device or a large fixed gas detection system, Drew Marine can perform the calibration on board or at our many service centers.

Drew Marine has a wide range of span/calibration gases available in both refillable and disposable cylinders. The Drew Marine 10-liter (Water Capacity) cylinder (PCN 0726119) is the standard for refillable span gas cylinders. Drew Marine also offers a complete line of disposable cylinders for calibration gases. Disposable cylinders are available in a variety of sizes ranging from 12 Liter (gas) to 103 Liter (gas). To optimize your supply needs, Drew Marine also stands ready to provide the equipment, such as gas regulators, cylinder brackets, and tubing for both refillable and disposable calibration gas cylinders, and with our technical expertise, we can guide you to the correct gas and cylinder based on your usage rate, the gas, and the gas’ expiration date. For details on span/calibration gases, contact your Drew Marine Representative.

Careful Preparation of Tanks is Recommended When Switching Over From Residual to Distillate Fuel Oil

In the coming months, ship operators who operate entirely or who traverse partly within an emission control area (ECA) must make final decisions over whether to use fuel oil with a maximum of 0.1% sulphur content or to utilise an equivalent arrangement at least as effective in terms of emissions reductions (i.e., exhaust gas cleaning system, alternative fuel, etc.) for compliance. On 1 January, 2015, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Resolution MEPC.176(58), commonly referred to as the revised MARPOL Annex VI, is expected to impact a major percentage of vessels, since most vessel voyages call on major trading ports in the pre-existing ECAs, namely the North Sea, Baltic Sea, United States and Canada, and the US Caribbean. While it is expected that those operators who spend only a portion of their voyages inside an ECA will simply switch over to premium low sulphur distillate fuel oil whilst in the ECA, those operators who spend the majority of their time in an ECA would by now have already evaluated scrubbers and liquefied natural gas (LNG) as prominent alternatives. CLICK HERE TO READ ENTIRE ARTICLE.

Operators are Urged to Reassess Fuel Flow Parameters for Distillate Fuel Oil

As the Arctic Ocean opens up to increasing maritime trade, Albert Leyson of Drew Marine wrote an article advising operators to reassess fuel flow parameters for distillate fuel oil. The shipping industry is preparing to sail the Arctic Ocean. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has developed a draft International Code of Safety for Ships Operating in Polar Waters, or Polar Code, that will be forwarded for consideration later this year by the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) and the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC). The proposed Polar Code includes mandatory requirements pertaining to navigation, ship design, construction, equipment, training, search and rescue operations, and, last but not least, the protection of the Arctic and Antarctic environments. CLICK HERE TO READ ENTIRE ARTICLE.

Drinking Water Regulatory Update

ILO Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), 2006 entered into force on August 20, 2013.  The MLC requires crews be provided with quality drinking water.  Additionally, MLC requires auditors (e.g., Flag/Class) to verify that there are frequent and documented inspections and monitoring of drinking water.   Port State Control provisions of the MLC also mandate that ships of all countries (irrespective of Flag State ratification) will be subject to inspection by Port State Inspectors when those vessels call at ports of signatory Port States. For our latest enhancement to the Drew Marine solution to drinking water monitoring. CLICK HERE.

Lifeboat Release & Retrieval System Regulatory Update
If Dry-Docking between 01 July 2014 to 01 July 2019 …

In May 2011, the IMO adopted amendments to the Chapter III of SOLAS - Life Saving Appliance (LSA) Code,
and issued the MSC.1/ Circular 1392 “Guideline for the Evaluation and Replacement of Lifeboat Release and
Retrieval Systems (ie. On-load Release and Retrieval Systems, OLRRS) that became effective 01 January 2013.
While this MSC.1/Circular currently contains a provision for the replacement or modification of lifeboat releasing
gear-mechanism hooks at a ship’s first scheduled dry-docking, during the period 01 July 2014 to 01 July 2019, it
also requires that the installed releasing gear/ hooks be evaluated for LSA Code compliance, with regards to
technical aspects, strength, and performance tested as well. This phase was required to be completed by 01
July 2013, with reporting to the IMO, via the USCG, for listing on the Global Integrated Shipping Information
Systems, or GISIS database. The GISIS is a web-based collection of manufacturers’ OLRRS that have been
evaluated and assigned the appropriate, applicable categorization : Compliant, Compliant after Modification, or
Non-Compliant/ replace with new system. Hook release systems not mentioned in the GISIS database are
presumed Non-Compliant, and shall be replaced. For more information on GISIS, CLICK HERE (requires you to log in).

Drew Marine and its marine division, Alexander/ Ryan Marine Services – a recognized expert in lifeboat hook/
OLRRS matters – have been actively involved in this process, through advising our customers on how best to
comply with the regulations, as well as, offering timely, technical solutions to them.

CLICK HERE for a brief summary of “Lifeboat Release & Retrieval Systems/ A Brief Summary - New IMO
Regulations” and applicable IMO MSC.1/ Circular 1392 and Circular 1327 (LB Fall Preventer Devices). Please
contact your local Drew Marine Account Representative for further information, in addition to the entire presentation.

Low Sulfur Regulatory Update

As of August 1, 2012, ships operating in certain designated areas, including the 200 nautical mile coastal areas of
the United States and Canada, must use fuel with lower sulfur content. There continues to be significant differences
in bunkers offered to meet these requirements. Each possible fuel can cause operating problems as a result of
compatibility, lubricity and storage. Drew Marine offers solutions to each potential problem. For an overall review of
the current regulations and Drew’s recommended products and services, CLICK HERE.

MARPOL Annex V Regulatory Update

MARPOL Annex V has been amended per IMO Resolution MEPC.201(62). Under the amendments, effective 1 January 2013, the discharge of all “garbage” into the sea will be prohibited. Generally, under Annex V, allowable discharge of garbage is restricted to food wastes, animal carcasses, identified cleaning agents and additives, identified cargo residues, and identified cargo residues entrained in wash water.

The amendments apply to those cleaning agents and additives used for cargo hold cleaning, external surface washing, and deck washing. Cleaning agents/additives used in said applications are considered “operational wastes” and thus garbage under MARPOL Annex V. Operational wastes do not include grey water, bilge water, or other similar discharges essential to the operation of a ship, taking into account guidelines developed by the IMO, i.e., 2012 Guidelines for the Implementation of MARPOL Annex V. The guidelines define other similar discharges essential to the operation of the ship, including boiler/economizer blow down, machinery waste water, and gas turbine wash water, to name a few.

While cleaning agents and additives contained in hold wash water and deck and external surface wash water are considered "operational wastes" and thus "garbage" under Annex V, these cleaning agents and additives may be discharged into the sea in so long as they are not harmful to the marine environment. Note: There are discharge limitations, depending on the vessel’s area of operation.

A cleaning agent or additive is considered harmful to the marine environment if it:

  • is classified a "harmful substance" in accordance with the criteria in MARPOL Annex III
    (One that is classified as a marine pollutant under IMDG Code.); or
  • contains any component which is known to be carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxin (CMR).

Drew Marine’s recommended cleaners for cargo hold cleaning and external surface/deck wash are compliant with the MARPOL Annex V Amendments. For additional information on our recommended cargo hold cleaners for bulk carriers, contact your Drew Marine representative.

For a copy of IMO’s simplified overview of the discharge provisions of the revised MARPOL Annex V (resolution MEPC.201(62)), which will entered into force on 1 January 2013. CLICK HERE.

Refrigerant Industry Update

The United States’ original planning called for elimination of R-22 by 2015 by stair-stepping the amount of
R-22 available in the marketplace. The US model established a baseline volume for the year 2000 with reductions in 2004 and 2008 coupled with the elimination of R-22 in some new air conditioning and refrigeration equipment. In 2009 a new model was developed reducing year-to-year production and availability annually in order to create a balanced phase-out by 2015. Under this model, supply and demand have been relatively well matched. Through 2011 there has been sufficient R-22 in the US market for the international marine requirements. CLICK HERE to download Refrigerant Industry Update. For our solution to management of R-22, CLICK HERE to download the Drew Marine Refrigeration Products and Equipment brochure.

Fixed Fire Extinguishing Foam Concentrate Regulatory Update

In June 2009, the IMO issued MSC.1/Circ. 1312 “Revised Guidelines for the Performance and Testing Criteria and Surveys of Foam Concentrates for Fixed Fire-Extinguishing Systems.” This circular supersedes MSC 582 and adds additional fire testing requirements for alcohol resistant foam concentrates.

DMS is aware that many alcohol resistant foam concentrates currently onboard vessels cannot pass the fire tests. Some of these foams are type approved by Classification Societies; however, per the IMO circular, the approvals are only valid until1 July 2012. Shipowners and operators have been searching for a suitable replacement and finding that some “new and improved” formulations still cannot meet the criteria. CLICK HERE for Drew Marine Safety’s solution for MSC.1/Circ. 1312 compliant foam concentrates.

Please contact your local Drew Marine Account Representative for further information.