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Statutory alert: Heightened attention to 15ppm bilge equipment – familiarisation, operation and records
Applicabilty: All owners, operators and ships’ staff

Lloyd’s Register has recently been alerted, by the United States Coast Guard, to a number of instances where ships’ staff have been unaware of how to retrieve, review and record data from 15ppm bilge alarms approved in accordance with IMO Resolution MEPC.107(49).

Resolution MEPC.107(49) paragraph 4.2.9 requires that the 15ppm bilge alarm is capable of recording the date and time, and the operating status of the 15ppm bilge separator. The recording device should also store data for at least 18 months and should be able to display or print a record for official inspections as required. If the 15ppm bilge alarm is replaced, means should be provided to ensure the data recorded remains available on board for 18 months.

Furthermore, Resolution MEPC.107(49) requires that all routine and repair maintenance on the 15ppm bilge separator and alarm are recorded and that ship staff training should include familiarisation with the operation and maintenance of the equipment. IMO Circular MEPC.1/Circ 677 requires that all oily water separator (OWS) operations including diagnostics should be logged in the Oil Record Book (ORB).

Owners and operators are urged to ensure that ships’ engineering staff are:

  • familiar with the contents of MEPC.1/Circ 677 and competent in the use of any OWS on board as required
  • aware of the recording function provided on 15ppm bilge alarms approved in accordance with IMO Resolution MEPC.107(49) and able to retrieve and review this data, and that the data is consistent with that recorded in the ORB
  • recording all routine and repair maintenance and OWS operations in the ORB.

Lloyd’s Register’s surveyors will be paying particular attention to these items at the next attendance on board.

For further information, contact your local Lloyd’s Register Group office or:
+44 (0)20 7423 2422

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