Issues paper open to public comment

Australia: The National Marine Safety Committee is inviting Australians to participate by submitting their input on an issues paper for the National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) Part C, Section 1 – Arrangement, Accommodation and Personal Safety. This will be the precursor of a new national standard for the arrangement, accommodation and personal safety requirements on board commercial vessels.

NSCV C1 – Arrangement, Accommodation and Personal Safety replaces and updates  relevant provisions in Subsections 5E and 5F and Sections 6,7 and 18 of the USL Code.

Issues raised include:

– application of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conference Conventions

– guard rails and bulwarks

– sanitary arrangements

– escapes and evacuation routes

– minimum deck heights and deck area requirements

– protection of persons

– berthing of persons

– seating for passengers

– gangways for safe movement on and off the vessel

– dangerous machinery

– ventilation, lighting and habitability

– noise levels on board vessels

– field of vision from the operating compartment

– access for disabled passengers

To obtain a copy of the NSCV C1 Issues Paper, contact the NMSC Secretariat on +61 02 9247 2124 or visit the website.

The public comment period closes on Friday May 15, 2009.

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