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Notices

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General

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RULES FOR BUILDING AND CLASSING

STEEL VESSELS
2008
NOTICES AND
GENERAL INFORMATION

American Bureau of Shipping


Incorporated by Act of Legislature of
the State of New York 1862

Copyright 2007
American Bureau of Shipping
ABS Plaza
16855 Northchase Drive
Houston, TX 77060 USA

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part
Notices and General Information
CONTENTS
Introduction....................................................................................................1
TABLE 1 Applicable Editions of Booklets Comprising 2007 Rules..................4
TABLE 2 Division and Numbering of Rules .....................................................4

Change Notice (2008) ....................................................................................5


TABLE 3 Summary of Changes from the 2007 Rules .....................................5

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Notices and General Information


Introduction
1.

The year 2008 edition of the Rules for Building and Classing Steel Vessels is a complete
reprint of the 2007 edition, consisting of the eleven (11) booklets as shown in Table 1. In this
regard, we would bring the following to the users attention:
a)

The purpose of the generic title ABS Rules for Conditions of Classification (Part 1) is
to reflect the expanded contents of PART 1, as a result of including consolidated
requirements for Classification applicable to all types of and sizes of vessels, barges
and specific shipboard arrangements/systems, etc., except for those in offshore service,
as specified in the Foreword to Part 1.

b)

The purpose of the generic title ABS Rules for Materials and Welding (Part 2) of
PART 2 is to emphasize the common applicability of the requirements to ABSclassed vessels, other marine structures and their associated machinery, and thereby
make PART 2 more readily a common PART of various ABS Rules and Guides, as
appropriate.

c)

The purpose of the generic title ABS Rules for Survey After Construction (Part 7) is
to reflect the expanded contents of PART 7, as a result of including consolidated
requirements for Surveys After Construction applicable to all types and sizes of
vessels, barges and specific shipboard arrangements/systems, etc., as specified in
Part 7, Chapter 1, Section 1.

2.

The numbering system applied in the Rules is shown in Table 2.

3.

The primary changes from the 2007 edition of the Rules are identified and listed in Table 3.
The effective date of the indicated Rule Changes is 1 January 2008, unless specifically
indicated otherwise.

4.

The effective date of each technical change since 1993 is shown in parenthesis at the end of
the subsection/paragraph titles within the text of each Part. Unless a particular date and
month are shown, the years in parentheses refer to the following effective dates:
(2000) and after
(1999)
(1998)
(1997)

1 January 2000 (and subsequent years)


12 May 1999
13 May 1998
19 May 1997

(1996)
(1995)
(1994)
(1993)

9 May 1996
15 May 1995
9 May 1994
11 May 1993

5.

Until the next edition of the Rules for Building and Classing Steel Vessels is published, Rule
Change Notices and/or Corrigenda, as necessary, will be published on the ABS website
www. eagle.org only, and will be available free for downloading. It is not intended to
publish hard copies of future Rule Change Notices and/or Corrigenda to existing Rules or
Guides. The consolidated edition of the Rules for Building and Classing Steel Vessels, which
includes Rule Change Notices and/or Corrigenda using different colors for easy recognition
will be published on the ABS website only when RCN and/or Corrigenda are issued.

6.

The listing of CLASSIFICATION SYMBOLS AND NOTATIONS is available from the ABS
website http://www.eagle.org/absdownloads/index.cfm for download.

7.

In association with the introduction of the Common Structural Rules for Double Hull Oil
Tankers and Bulk Carriers, respectively, on 1 April 2006, Part 5 of the Rules for Building and
Classing Steel Vessels was divided into three Sub-parts, 5A, 5B and 5C. The contents and
application of each Part are as follows:

ABS RULES FOR BUILDING AND CLASSING STEEL VESSELS . 2008

Notices and General Information

Contents
Part 5A:

Common Structural Rules for Double Hull Oil Tankers (*See note below)

Part 5B:

Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers (*See note below)

Part 5C:

This Part is divided into two separate booklets as follows:

* Note:

Chapters 1 to 6:

Tankers not covered by Part 5A, Bulk Carriers


not covered by Part 5B and Container Carriers

Chapters 7 to 10:

Passenger Vessels, Liquefied Gas Carriers,


Chemical Carriers and Vessels Intended to
Carry Vehicles.

In view of the effective date (1 July of each year) of the updated Common Structural Rules, the
2008 editions of Part 5A and Part 5B will be published in July 2008. Until the effective date of
the 2008 editions, the following 2007 editions are applicable, together with future Rule Change
Notice to be issued by 30 June 2008:
Part 5

Specific Vessel Types (Chapter 1), 2007


Common Structural Rules for Double Hull Oil Tankers
[including Corrigenda No. 1 (1 April 2006) and No. 2 (1 August 2006) and Rule
Change Notice No. 1 (September 2006)]

Part 5

Specific Vessel Types (Chapters 3 and 4), 2007


Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers
[including Corrigenda No. 1 (May 2006) and no. 2 (January 2007)]

Application Oil Tankers


The structural requirements in Part 5A of the Rules are applicable for double hull oil
tankers of 150 m in length and upward, with structural arrangements as specified in
Part 5A, Section 2.
For oil tankers with structural arrangements not covered by Part 5A, the requirements
in Part 5C, Chapters 1 or 2, are to be complied with.
Application Bulk Carriers
The structural requirements in Part 5B of the Rules are applicable for single side skin
and double side skin bulk carriers of 90m in length and upward, with structural
arrangements as specified in Part 5B, Chapter 1, Section 1.
For vessels intended to carry ore or bulk cargoes, other than the single side skin or
double side skin bulk carriers of 90 m in length and upward with structural
arrangements as specified in Part 5B, Chapter 1, Section 1, the requirements in Part
5C Chapters 3 or 4 are to be complied with.
Application SafeShip Construction Monitoring Program
These compulsory requirements for CSR notation are specified in Part 5C, Appendix 2.
Application Onboard Systems for Oil Tankers and Bulk Carriers
The onboard systems for all tankers are to comply with the requirements of Part 5C,
Chapter 1, Section 7, and for all bulk carriers are to comply with the requirements of
Part 5C, Chapter 3, Section 7 of the Rules.
The following flow chart indicates the application of the Rules and typical Class Notations for
tanker and bulk carrier vessels, of which arrangements and scantlings are in full compliance
with the Rules:

ABS RULES FOR BUILDING AND CLASSING STEEL VESSELS . 2008

Vessels Intended to Carry Oil in Bulk

Vessels Intended to Carry Ore or Bulk Cargoes

L 150 m?

L 90 m?

Yes

No

Arrangement and
layout comply with
5A-1-2/3.1.2 and
5A-1-2/Fig 2.3.1?

Yes

Yes

Arrangement and
layout comply with
5B-1-1/1.1.2?

No

Yes

Part 5A, Chapter 1:


Common Structural Rules for
Double Hull Oil Tankers,
and
Part 5C, Appendix 2
Part 5C, Chapter 1, Section 7

Part 5B, Chapters 1 through 13:


Common Structural Rules for
Bulk Carriers,
and
Part 5C, Appendix 2
Part 5C, Chapter 3, Section 7

A1 Oil Carrier, CSR, SafeShip-CM

A1 Bulk Carrier, CSR, SafeShip-CM

plus
appropriate notations for oil carriers

plus
appropriate notations for bulk carriers

Part 5C, Chapter 1,


Appendix 1 to Part 5C
(L 150 m)

Part 5C, Chapter 3,


Appendix 1 to Part 5C
(L 150 m)
Or

A1 Oil Carrier, SH, SHCM

A1 Bulk Carrier, SH, SHCM

plus
appropriate notations for oil carriers

plus
appropriate notations for bulk carriers

Part 5C, Chapter 2


(L < 150 m)

Part 5C, Chapter 4


(L < 150 m)

A1 Oil Carrier

A1 Bulk Carrier

plus
appropriate notations for oil carriers

plus
appropriate notations for bulk carriers

ABS RULES FOR BUILDING AND CLASSING STEEL VESSELS . 2008

TABLE 1
Applicable Editions of Booklets Comprising 2008 Rules
Notices and General Information
Part 1:
Rules for Conditions of Classification
Part 2:
Rules for Materials and Welding
Rules for Testing and Certification of Materials
Rules for Welding and Fabrication
Part 3:
Hull Construction and Equipment
Part 4:
Vessel Systems and Machinery
Part 5A:
Specific Vessel Types
(Booklet 1)
Chapter 1
Common Structural Rules for Double
Hull Oil Tankers
Part 5B:
Specific Vessel Types
(Booklet 2)
Chapter 3 & 4
Common Structural Rules for Bulk
Carriers
Part 5C:
Specific Vessel Types
(Booklet 3)
Chapter 1 & 2
Oil Carrier
Chapter 3 & 4
Bulk Carrier
Chapter 5 & 6
Container Carrier
Part 5C:
Specific Vessel Types
(Booklet 4)
Chapter 7
Passenger Carrier
Chapter 8
Liquefied Gas Carrier
Chapter 9
Chemical Carrier
Chapter 10
Vehicle Carrier
Part 6:
Optional Items and Systems
Chapter 1
Strengthening for Navigation in Ice
Chapter 2
Refrigerated Cargo Vessels
Part 7:
Rules for Surveys After Construction

2008
2008
2008

2008
2008
2007
(on and after
1 July 2007)
2007
(on and after
1 July 2007)
2008

2008

2008

2008

TABLE 2
Division and Numbering of Rules
Division
Part
Chapter
Section
Subsection (see Note 1)
Paragraph (see Note 1)
Subparagraph
Item
Subitem
Appendix
Note:
1

Number
Part 1
Part 1, Chapter 1
Section 1-1-1
1-1-1/1
1-1-1/1.1
1-1-1/1.1.1
1-1-1/1.1.1(a)
1-1-1/1.1.1(a)i)
Appendix 1-1-A1 or Appendix 1-A1-1

An odd number (1, 3, 5, etc.) numbering system is used for the Rules. The purpose is to permit future insertions of
even-numbered paragraphs (2, 4, 6, etc.) of text and to avoid the necessity of having to renumber the existing text and
associated cross-references, as applicable, within the Rules and associated process instructions, check sheets, etc.
ABS RULES FOR BUILDING AND CLASSING STEEL VESSELS . 2008

Notices and General Information

Change Notice (2008)


TABLE 3
Summary of Changes from the 2007 Rules
EFFECTIVE DATE 1 January 2007 shown as (2007)
Part/Para. No.
Title/Subject
PART 1
Conditions of Classification
1-1-5/3

International Conventions or Codes

Status/Remarks
To align the requirements with IACS PR 31, which makes mandatory
adoption of all IACS Unified Interpretations into the Rules.
(Incorporates Notice No. 1)

EFFECTIVE DATE 1 February 2007 shown as (1 February 2007)


Part/Para. No.
Title/Subject
PART 1
Conditions of Classification
1-1-4/3.3.2

Date of Contract for Construction

Status/Remarks
To reflect clarifications to IACS PR 29 to address the date of contract
for construction in the event a change of ship type is made in a contract
for construction after the original contract is signed between builder
and Owner. (Incorporates Notice No. 2)

EFFECTIVE DATE 21 June 2007 shown as (21 June 2007)


Part/Para. No.
Title/Subject
PART 1
Conditions of Classification
1-1-4/3.3.3

Series of Vessels and Optional


Vessels

Status/Remarks
To align with amendments to IACS PR 29 (Rev. 4) to only require the
alterations from the original design to comply with classification
requirements/amendments which have come into effect since the date
of contract for construction of the series, rather than changing the
date of contract for construction for the entire vessel or vessels.
(Incorporates Notice No. 5)

EFFECTIVE DATE 1 January 2008 shown as (2008)


(based on the date of purchase order of the materials)
Part/Para. No.
Title/Subject
PART 2
Rules for Materials and Welding

Status/Remarks

2-1-1/Figure 2
(Note)

Standard Round Tension Test


Specimen with 50 mm (2 in.) Gauge
Length

To clarify the determination of elongation numbers.

2-1-2/15.1

Surface Examination

To reflect materials survey practice.

2-1-2/Table 2
(Note 4)

Tensile Properties of Ordinary Strength


Hull Structural Steel 100 mm (4.0 in.)
and Under

To clarify the determination of elongation numbers.

ABS RULES FOR BUILDING AND CLASSING STEEL VESSELS . 2008

Notices and General Information

Part/Para. No.

Title/Subject

Status/Remarks

2-1-2/Table 4

Impact Properties of Ordinary Strength


Hull Structural Steel 100 mm (4.0 in.)
and Under

To remove reference to Note 3 from Temperature column, as it can be


interpreted that CVN tests are required for Grade A steel at t 50 mm.

2-1-3/Table 2
(Note 3)

Tensile Properties of Higher-strength


Hull Structural Steel 100 mm (4.0 in.)
and Under

To clarify the determination of elongation numbers.

2-1-5/13.1

General

To reflect materials survey practice.

2-1-6/1.7

Chemical Composition

To align the requirements with IACS UR W7.

2-1-6/7

Tensile Properties

To clarify the determination of elongation numbers.

2-1-6/11.7

Examination

To reflect materials survey practice.

2-2-1/Figure 3

Stockless Anchor

To reflect materials survey practice.

2-2-3/Table 1

Rolled Bars for Chain Chemical


Composition and Intended Chain
Condition

To clarify that the heat treatment description refers to the condition of


the chain, not the bars. To add other heat treatment options in
accordance with 2-2-2/15.3.

2-3-1/Figure 2
(Note)

Standard Round Tension Test


Specimen with 50 mm (2 in.) Gauge
Length

To clarify the determination of elongation numbers.

2-3-2/1.1.1

Examination at Mills

To reflect materials survey practice.

2-3-2/1.13.2

For Heat-treated Material

To reflect materials survey practice.

2-3-5/37

Finish

To reflect materials survey practice.

2-3-6/1

Process of Manufacture

To reflect materials survey practice.

2-3-7/1.1.2

Chemical Composition

To align the requirements with IACS UR W7.

2-3-7/1.13

Examination

To reflect materials survey practice.

2-3-7/3.5.6

Stress Relieving

To require that stress relief be carried after machining, in accordance


with ASTM A291.

2-3-7/3.11

Examination

To reflect materials survey practice.

2-3-7/5.11

Examination

To reflect materials survey practice.

2-3-7/7.13

Examination

To reflect materials survey practice.

2-3-7/Table 1

Chemical Composition Requirements


for Carbon Steel Machinery Forgings,
in percent

To align the requirements with IACS UR W7.

2-3-7/Table 2

Tensile Property Requirements for


Carbon-steel Machinery Forgings

To clarify the determination of elongation numbers.

2-3-7/Table 4

Tensile Property Requirements For


Alloy Steel Gear Assemble Forgings

To clarify the determination of elongation numbers.

2-3-7/Table 6

Tensile Property Requirements for


Alloy Steel Shaft and Stock Forgings

To clarify the determination of elongation numbers.

2-3-7/Table 8

Tensile Property Requirements for


General Shipboard Alloy Steel
Forgings

To clarify the determination of elongation numbers.

2-3-9/7

Tensile Properties

To clarify the determination of elongation numbers.

2-3-9/15.1

General

To reflect materials survey practice.

2-3-10/3.1

<No Title>

To clarify important castings and to remove the requirement for


approval testing.

2-3-11/3.1

<No Title>

To remove the requirement for approval testing.

2-3-12/35.1

Group I Piping

To reflect materials survey practice.

2-3-14/3.9

Tensile Properties

To clarify the determination of elongation numbers.

2-3-14/3.11

Test Specimens

To modify the dimension of the test specimen, in accordance with


IACS UR W2

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Part/Para. No.

Title/Subject

Status/Remarks

2-3-16/5

Process of Manufacture

To reflect materials survey practice.

2-3-17/1

Process of Manufacture

To reflect materials survey practice.

2-3-18/5

Process of Manufacture

To reflect materials survey practice.

2-4-1/7.9

Special Welding Processes and


Techniques

To clarify that special welding techniques such as friction stir welding


and laser beam welding are to be specially considered.

2-A2-2/7.5

Test Specimens

To align the requirements with IACS UR W17F4.2.

2-A2-2/13.3

Upgrading and Uprating

To require testing of the filler metal at all positions originally tested.

2-A2-3/15.3

Upgrading and Uprating

To align the requirements with IACS UR W17/5.4.2.1.

2-A2-3/Figure 2

Butt-Weld Test Assembly for


Submerged Arc Welding Multi-run
Technique

To align the requirements with IACS UR W17/5.2.3.1.

2-A2-4/3

Chemical Analysis and Shielding Gas


Composition

To align the requirements with IACS UR W17/6.1.3.2.

2-A2-4/Table
(New)

Compositional Limits of Designated


Groups of Gas Types and Mixtures

To align the requirements with IACS UR W17/6.1.3.2.

2-A2-4/5.5

Automatic Test Assembly

To align the requirements with IACS UR W17/6.3.2 and 5.2.2.1.

2-A2-4/15.3

Upgrading and Uprating

To require testing of the filler metal at all positions originally tested.


To align the requirements with 2-A2-2/13.3.

Appendix 2-A3

Application of Filler Metals to ABS


Steels

To align the requirements with IACS UR W17 Table 1.

EFFECTIVE DATE 1 July 2006 shown as (1 July 2006)


(based on the keel laying date or similar stage of construction)
Part/Para. No.
Title/Subject
PART 3
Hull Construction and Equipment

Status/Remarks

3-6-1/1.1.1(a)

Conning Position

To align the requirements the 2003 Amendments to SOLAS 1974,


Chapter V, Reg.2.4 [Resolution MSC.142(77)}.
(Incorporates Notice No. 4)

3-6-1/Figure 1

<No Title>

To align the requirements the 2003 Amendments to SOLAS 1974,


Chapter V, Reg.2.4 [Resolution MSC.142(77)}.
(Incorporates Notice No. 4)

EFFECTIVE DATE 1 January 2007 shown as (2007)


(based on the contract date for new construction between builder and Owner)
Part/Para. No.
Title/Subject
PART 4
Vessel Systems and Machinery

Status/Remarks

4-4-1/9.17
(New)

Additional Requirements for Shell


Type Exhaust Gas Economizers

To align the requirements with IACS UR P6.


(Incorporates Notice No. 3)

4-6-2/5.9.1(a)

General

To align the requirements with IACS UR P2.11.


(Incorporates Notice No. 1)

4-6-2/5.9.2

Testing of Mechanical Joints

To reinstate the requirements for testing of mechanical joints to align


the requirements with IACS UR P2.11. (Incorporates Notice No. 1)

4-6-2/Table 12

Testing Requirements for Mechanical


Joints

To reinstate the references to 4-6-2/5.9.2 to align the requirements


with IACS UR P2.11. (Incorporates Notice No. 1)

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EFFECTIVE DATE 1 July 2007 shown as (1 July 2007)


(based on the contract date for new construction between builder and Owner)
Part/Para. No.
Title/Subject
PART 3
Hull Construction and Equipment

Status/Remarks

3-3-1/9

Onboard Computers for Stability


Calculations

To clarify the application of Appendix 3-3-A3 and limit the


requirements for approval of software only, in line with IACS UR L5
(Rev. 2). (Incorporates Notice No. 4)

Appendix 3-3-A3

Onboard Computers for Stability


Calculations

To clarify the application of Appendix 3-3-A3 and limit the


requirements for approval of software only, in line with IACS UR L5
(Rev. 2). (Incorporates Notice No. 4)

PART 4

Vessel Systems and Machinery

4-6-2/5.9.1(a)

General

To clarify the requirements for testing and approval of mechanical


joints. (Incorporates Notice No. 4.)

4-6-2/5.9.2(e)v)1.a

<No Title>

To align the requirements with ISO standards reference in IACS UR


P2.11.5.5.6. (Incorporates Notice No. 4.)

4-6-2/5.9.2(e)v)6

Fire Endurance Test

To incorporate ISO Standard 19921/19922:2005 (E) for consistent


implementation of the fire test requirements.
(Incorporates Notice No. 4.)

4-7-3/3.1.9ii)

<No Title>

To incorporate the IACS interpretation (UI SC 204) of SOLAS Reg.


II-2/10.4.3 and the FSS Code Para 2.1.3.3 of Chapter 5.
(Incorporates Notice No. 4.)

PART 5

Specific Vessel Types

5C-5-4/13.1

Side Shell Plating

To increase the side shell thickness requirement for quay contact for
high tensile strength steels. (Incorporates Notice No. 4.)

5C-8-8/2.10
(IMO) (New)

Interpretation of 5C-8-8-/2.10

To incorporate the IMO interpretation in accordance with IMO MSC


Circ. 1116. (Incorporates Notice No. 4.)

5C-9-8/3.2 (IMO)
(New)

Interpretation of 5C-9-8-/3.2

To incorporate the IMO interpretation in accordance with IMO MSC


Circ. 1116. (Incorporates Notice No. 4.)

5C-9-8/3.4.2
(IMO) (New)

Interpretation of 5C-9-8-/3.4.2

To incorporate the IMO interpretation in accordance with IMO MSC


Circ. 1116. (Incorporates Notice No. 4.)

5C-10-4/5

Cargo Spaces, Other Than Ro-Ro


Cargo Spaces, Intended to Carry
Vehicles with Fuel in Their Tanks

To incorporate the requirements for IACS UI SC 205.


(Incorporates Notice No. 4.)

EFFECTIVE DATE 1 January 2008 shown as (2008)


(based on the contract date for new construction between builder and Owner)
Part/Para. No.
Title/Subject
PART 3
Hull Construction and Equipment

Status/Remarks

3-1-2/9

Workmanship

To add a cross-reference to 3-7-3/1.

3-7-3/1

Construction, Welding and Fabrication

To add a reference to the new ABS Guide for Hull Survey for New
Construction, which is based on IACS UR Z23 and specifies the
requirements for classification and statutory surveys required for new
construction.

PART 4

Vessel Systems and Machinery

4-2-1A4/3

Spare Parts for Main Propulsion


Diesel Engines

To align the requirements with IACS Recommendation 26 (Rev. 1).

4-2-1A4/5

Spare Parts for Auxiliary Diesel


Engines

To align the requirements with IACS Recommendation 27 (Rev. 1).

4-3-2/1.5.1

For Propulsion Shafts

In line with the change to 4-3-2/15.9.1, which requires the sizing of


coupling bolts to be based on a shaft diameter D that considers the
total torque (static and dynamic).

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Part/Para. No.

Title/Subject

Status/Remarks

4-3-2/3.3

Weldability

To refer to 2-3-7/1.1.2 for the chemical composition of forgings and


weldability.

4-3-2/5.19.1

Fitted Bolts

To require the sizing of coupling bolts to be based on a shaft diameter


D that considers the total torque (static and dynamic) acting at the
shaft in the vicinity of the respective coupling flanges. To clarify the
requirement for the bolt fit.

4-3-3/Table 1

Propeller Materials

To clarify the determination of elongation numbers, in line with


changes to the Rules for Materials and Welding (Part 2).

4-3-4/19.7

Components Shop Tests

To align the requirements with IACS M42.14.1 to require hydro


testing for all components to a pressure of 1.5 times the relief valve
setting (or system design pressure) for all materials.

4-3-5/3.1

General

To clarify the requirements for the materials for thrusters steering


systems.

4-3-5/7.3

Instrumentation

To clarify that not all of the instrumentation in 4-3-5/Table 1 is


applicable to all types of thrusters.

4-3-5/15.1.3

Plans and Data to be Submitted

To indicate that the FMEA is only required for DPS-2 and DPS-3
vessels.

4-3-5/15.1.4

Failure Modes and Effect Analysis

To clarify that the FMEA is to address the entire vessel and only the
DP control systems.

4-3-5/15.1.5
(New)

DP Operations Manual

Relocated from 4-3-5/15.13 and expanded to provide guidance on the


information that is expected to be contained in the operations manual.

4-3-5/15.5.3

Power Management System

To require at least two power management systems to account for the


possible failure of one power management system, and for DPS-3
vessels, to require that loss of a single compartment be considered for
the locations of the power management systems.

4-3-5/15.5.4

Uninterruptible Power Systems


(UPS)

To require one uninterruptible power system for each independent


control system and to clarify that each UPS is to supply power for 30
minutes, in accordance with 3.4.2.7 of IMO MSC Circular 645. For DPS3 vessels, to require that loss of a single compartment be considered for
the locations of the power management systems.

4-3-5/15.7.2

Vessels with DPS-2 Notation

To require a third wind sensor and third gyro-compass, in accordance


with 3.4.3 and 3.4.4 of IMO MSC Circular 645.

4-3-5/15.7.3

Vessels with DPS-3 Notation

To require the third wind sensor for DPS-3 vessels to be directly


connected to the back-up control station, in accordance with 3.4.4 of
IMO MSC Circular 645.

4-3-5/15.9.2(b)

Emergency Shut-down

To clarify that the emergency shut-down facility is required only at


the main dynamic positioning control station and that it is to be
arranged to shut down each thruster individually. Also, to specify the
systems that are to be independent of the emergency shut-down
facility.

4-3-5/15.9.3

Position Keeping Control System


Redundancy

To clarify the requirements for redundancy for each DPS notation.

4-3-5/15.9.4
(New)

Manual Position Control System

Relocated from Items 4-3-5/15.9.3(a), (b) and (c) to clarify the


independence of the manual position control system from the
automatic control systems.

4-3-5/15.9.5
(New)

Manual Thruster Control System

To clarify the requirements for manual thruster control systems.

4-3-5/Table 2

Instrumentation at DPS Control


Station

To clarify the required alarm and displays.

4-3-5/15.11

Communications for Vessels with


Dynamic Positioning

To clarify that one voice communication system is required for any


DP vessel.

4-3-5/15.11.2
(Deleted)

Vessels with DPS-2 or DPS-3


Notation

To clarify that one voice communication system is required for any


DP vessel.

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Notices and General Information

Part/Para. No.

Title/Subject

Status/Remarks

4-3-5/15.13
(Deleted)

Operation Manual

Relocated to new Subparagraph 4-3-5/15.1.5.

4-4-1/1.1

Application

To clarify the requirements for accumulators.

4-6-4/3.13
(New)

Vessels Receiving Subdivision


Loadlines

To reinstate requirement that was inadvertently removed during


reformatting for 2000 version of the Rules.

4-6-7/3.5.4

Hydraulic Accumulators

To clarify the intent of the requirement.

4-6-7/5.3.1

Air Reservoir

To clarify the intent of the requirement.

4-8-2/5.3.2

Separation from Machinery Space of


Category A

To clarify the requirements for insulation of boundaries between


category A machinery spaces and the space containing the emergency
source of power.

4-8-2/Figure 1
(New)

Cofferdam with Extension Beyond


the Boundaries of the Space
Containing the Emergency Source

To clarify the requirements for insulation of boundaries between


category A machinery spaces and the space containing the emergency
source of power.

4-8-2/Figure 2
(New)

Cofferdam without Extension Beyond


the Boundaries of the Space
Containing the Emergency Source

To clarify the requirements for insulation of boundaries between


category A machinery spaces and the space containing the emergency
source of power.

4-8-2/Figure 3
(New)

Boundary Insulated to A-60 with the


Insulation Extending Beyond the
Boundaries of the Space Containing
the Emergency Source

To clarify the requirements for insulation of boundaries between


category A machinery spaces and the space containing the emergency
source of power.

4-8-2/5.13.4

Non-emergency Services and Circuits

To clarify that the protection of the emergency generator from overload


is to be automatic and to align the requirement with IACS UI SC3.

4-8-2/9.11.2

Short-circuit Protection

To require the current setting of the short time delay trip to be less
than the steady state short circuit current of the generator ensure that
the generator breaker will trip in the event of a short circuit. Also, for
generators less than 200 kW, to clarify that the thermal withstanding
capacity of the generator is to exceed the steady state short circuit
current until the tripping system activates.

4-8-3/1.9

Voltage and Frequency Variations

To incorporate IACS UR E5 (Rev. 1). To specify voltage variations


for DC distribution systems (based on IEC 60092-101) and for battery
systems (based on IEC 60092-504).

4-8-3/5.9

Battery Systems and Uninterruptible


Power Systems (UPS)

To clarify the application of the requirements.

4-8-3/5.9.1
(New)

Definitions

To add definitions for uninterruptible power systems.

4-8-3/5.9.2

Battery Charging Rate

To clarify application to battery charger units and UPS units.

4-8-3/5.9.3

Reversal of Charging Current

To clarify application to battery charger units and UPS units.

4-8-3/5.9.4
(New)

Design and Construction

To incorporate the requirements of IACS UR E21.

4-8-3/5.9.5
(New)

Location

To clarify the requirements for locating battery charger units, UPS


units and the associated batteries.

4-8-3/5.9.6
(New)

Performance

To specify performance requirements for battery duration, battery


capacity and battery recharging.

4-8-3/5.9.7
(New)

Testing and Survey

To specify the testing requirements for battery charger units and UPS
units.

4-8-3/5.11.1(a)

Essential and Emergency Services,


and Cargo or Vapor Handling
Services on Liquefied Gas Carriers

To incorporate requirements for Surveyor attendance for UPS units of


50 kVA and over and battery charger units of 25 kW and over.

4-8-3/9.1

Standard of Compliance

To incorporate the requirements of IACS UR E7 (Rev 3).

4-8-4/21.9.4(a)

Installations

To relocate the requirements for flame retardancy from 4-8-4/21.9.4(e).

4-8-4/21.9.4(b)

Safe Working Load

To add a reference to Appendix 4-8-4A1.

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Title/Subject

Status/Remarks

4-8-4/21.9.4(d)
(New)

Hazardous Areas

To clarify that cable trays and protective casings passing through


hazardous areas are to be electrically conductive in all cases.

4-8-4/21.9.4(e)

Type Testing

To clarify that cable trays and protective casings are to be tested to at


least the tests specified in Appendix 4-8-4A1.

4-8-4/27.5.3

Battery Rom

To permit increased safety (Ex e) and pressurized/purged (Ex p)


equipment in hazardous areas associated with battery rooms.

4-8-4/27.5.4

Oxygen-acetylene Storage Room

To permit increased safety (Ex e) and pressurized/purged (Ex p)


equipment in hazardous areas associated with oxygen-acetylene
storage rooms.

4-8-4A1/1

General

To clarify that cable trays and protective casings are to be tested to at


least the tests specified in Appendix 4-8-4A1.

4-8-4A1/9.1

Resistivity Test

To correct the units for volume resistivity and the units and value for
surface resistivity, in line with IEC 61537.

4-8-5/3.7.5(a)

Application

To update the references to the current IEC standards.

4-8-5/5.7.6
(New)

Direct-current (DC) Propulsion


Motors Supplied by Semiconductor
Converters

To require submission of the maximum time-current characteristics


that can be commutated by a DC motor, as well as the time-current
current characteristics of the protective features of semiconductor
converters, in order to avoid flashovers.

Section 4-9-6
(Title)

Computer-based Systems

To incorporate the requirements of IACS UR E22.

4-9-6/3.17
(New)

Program Modifications

To incorporate the requirements of IACS UR E22.

4-9-6/5.5.1

Data Communication Network

To incorporate the requirements of IACS UR E22.

4-9-6/5.5.2
(Title)

Duplicated Data Communication


Network

To incorporate the requirements of IACS UR E22.

4-9-6/5.5.3

Connection Failure

To incorporate the requirements of IACS UR E22.

4-9-6/9
(New)

Tests and Evidence

To incorporate the requirements of IACS UR E22. To assign


computer-based systems and programmable electronic systems into
appropriate categories based on the ffects of their failure.

Appendix
4-9-6A1

Definitions and Notes Relating to


Tests and Evidence of Quality
Assurance in 4-9-6/Table 1

To incorporate the requirements of IACS UR E22.

4-9-7/Table 9

Type Tests for Control, Monitoring


and Safety Equipment

To incorporate the requirements of IACS UR E10 (Rev. 5). To clarify


the requirements for the vibration test, the conducted low frequency
test and the flame retardant test.

4-9-7/Figure 1
(New)

Test Set-up for Conducted LowFrequency Test (See Test No. 13 of


4-9-7/Table 9)

To incorporate the requirements of IACS UR E10 (Rev. 5). To


specify the test set-up.

4-9-7/Table 10

Test for Unit Certification of Control,


Monitoring and Safety Equipment

To incorporate the requirements of IACS UR E10 (Rev. 5). To clarify


the requirements for the external power supply failure test.

PART 5

Specific Vessel Types

5C-8-3/2.4
(IACS) (New)

Interpretation of 5C-8-3/2.4

To incorporate the IACS interpretation in accordance with IACS UI


SC 120.

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Notices and General Information

EFFECTIVE DATE 1 March 2008 shown as (1 March 2008)


(based on the contract date for new construction between builder and Owner)
Part/Para. No.
Title/Subject
PART 6
Optional Items and Systems

Status/Remarks

6-1-1/1.3 (New)

Polar Ice Classes

To introduce Polar Ice Classes, in line with IACS UR I1, I2 and I3.

6-1-1/3.1

Ice Class

To modify the application of Ice Classes, in line with IACS UR I1, I2


and I3.

6-1-1/Table 1

Regions and Periods for Navigation


in Ice for Selecting Ice Class

To align the Ice Classes with the requirements of IACS UR I1, I2 and
I3.

6-1-1/3.5
(Deleted)

Extension of Ice Navigation Period

To align the Ice Classes with the requirements of IACS UR I1, I2 and
I3.

Part 7 Rules for Survey After Construction


The reference date which is indicated in the parentheses following the title of the requirement in this Part is
the date that the requirement becomes effective [e.g., 7-1-1/3.61 Substantial Corrosion (1 July 2007) is to
apply for vessels undergoing survey on or after 1 July 2007].
EFFECTIVE DATE 1 July 2007 shown as (1 July 2007)
Part/Para. No.
Title/Subject
PART 7
Rules for Survey After Construction

Status/Remarks

7-1-1/3.61

Substantial Corrosion

To align the requirements with IACS UR Z10.2, Z 10.4 and Z10.5,


due to the different application of substantial corrosion in the
Common Structural Rules. (Incorporates Notice No. 4)

7-2-2/17
(New)

Boiler Surveys

To introduce Boiler Surveys specifically for Great Lakes vessels and


to allow for an extension of up to one year when carried out with the
Year of Grace Survey. (Incorporates Notice No. 4)

7-3-2/1.15.3
(New)

<No Title>

To align the requirements with IACS UR Z.10.1, to specify additional


requirements for single hold cargo ships subject to SOLAS II-1/23.2
and II-1/25 (Incorporates Notice No. 4)

7-3-2/5.7.3(b)i)

<No Title>

To align the requirements with IACS UR Z.10.2 (Rev. 21 May 2006)


to increase the scope of requirements for bulk carriers 100,000 DWT
and above with respect to close-up survey of hold frames and their
attached shell plates. (Incorporates Notice No. 4)

7-3-2/5.21.5(b)ii)

<No Title>

To align the requirements with IACS UR Z10.3, requiring all cargo


tank bulkheads to be tested for vessels over 5 years of age.
(Incorporates Notice No. 4)

7-A-9/Report 2

Condition Evaluation Report for Oil


Carriers and Chemical Carriers
Tank Protection

To align the requirements with IACS UR Z10.1.


(Incorporates Notice No. 4)

7-A-16/Table 7

Minimum Requirements for CLOSEUP Examination at Special Periodical


Surveys Bulk Carriers Non
Double Skin ESP and Bulk Carrier
Features of Combination Carriers
Non Double Skin ESP

To align the requirements with IACS UR Z.10.2 (Rev. 21 May 2006)


to increase the scope of requirements for bulk carriers 100,000 DWT
and above with respect to close-up survey of hold frames and their
attached shell plates. (Incorporates Notice No. 4)

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EFFECTIVE DATE 1 January 2008 shown as (2008)


Part/Para. No.
Title/Subject
PART 7
Rules for Survey After Construction

Status/Remarks

7-3-1/7.1

<Not Title>

To provide consistency between 7-3-1/7.1 and 7-A-5/1.

7-3-2/5.1.6(d)ii)

Special Periodical Survey No. 2


(5 < Age 10 Years)

To clarify that fuel oil tanks are to be examined for vessel without a
defined cargo area.

7-3-2/5.1.6(d)iii)

Special Periodical Survey No. 3


(10 < Age 15 Years)

To clarify that fuel oil tanks are to be examined for vessel without a
defined cargo area.

7-3-2/5.1.6(d)iv)

Special Periodical Survey No. 4 and


Subsequent Special Periodical
Surveys (Age >15 Years)

To clarify that fuel oil tanks are to be examined for vessel without a
defined cargo area.

7-4-1/1

All Vessels

To add a requirement for bottom plugs to be examined at the drydocking survey.

7-6-2/1.1.8(c)

Schedule of Batteries

To add a cross reference to the Rules for Building and Classing Steel
Vessels Under 90 meters (295 feet) in Length.

7-6-2/3.1.1(s)

Arrangements for Oxygen-Acetylene


Systems

To clarify that the intent of the requirement was to relate to fixed


oxygen-acetylene systems.

7-A-4/Table 1

Individual Wastage Allowances,


Conventional Vessels 90 M and Over
Built to ABS Class

To clarify that tween deck configurations are generally not applicable to


modern specific vessel types such as single or double hull tankers,
bulk carriers, OBOs and container carriers.

7-A-5/1

Application

To provide consistency between 7-3-1/7.1 and 7-A-5/1.

7-A-11/11

Examination After Welding

To clarify that nondestructive testing is to be carried out after post


weld heat treatment.

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