Regulation 16 - Maintenance of Equipment


  • Maintenance arrangements for navigational equipment to be in place
  • Malfunctions - ship may be delayed until repairs effected
  • If no repair facilities in port - ship may be allowed to sail but master to take account of malfunctions during voyage
Regulation 16
1. The Administration shall be satisfied that adequate arrangements are in place to ensure that the performance of the equipment required by this chapter is maintained.
2. Except as provided in regulations I/7(b)(ii), I/8 and I/9, while all reasonable steps shall be taken to maintain the equipment required by this chapter in efficient working order, malfunctions of that equipment shall not be considered as making the ship unseaworthy or as a reason for delaying the ship in ports where repair facilities are not readily available, provided suitable arrangements are made by the master to take the inoperative equipment or unavailable information into account in planning and executing a safe voyage to a port where repairs can take place.
MCA Guidance
1. This regulation requires navigational equipment to be adequately maintained so that it meets the functional capabilities laid down in the Chapter and the performance standards. Regulation 16 addresses companies and equipment manufacturers in ensuring that equipment can be properly maintained. Masters should note their responsibilities in 16.2 should any navigational equipment malfunction.
2. Paragraph 1 covers the Administration's role in ensuring maintenance arrangements are in place. By this is meant that proper manuals enabling on-board maintenance are available when appropriate and that companies have ensured a comprehensive back-up service including provision of both spares and maintenance engineers by manufacturers or their agents.
3. The IEC requires that equipment maintenance manuals should be in English and clearly understandable by the ship's maintenance personnel.

See ANNEX 7 - Equipment Manuals - IEC requirements

4. Paragraph 2 covers cases where equipment is malfunctioning. In order to comply with the Regulation the equipment must be repaired and the ship may be detained until it is operating correctly. If there are no repair facilities "readily available" in the port, the MCA may allow the ship to sail to the next port (subject to requirements of SOLAS Chapter 1 - see 5 and 6 below) In such cases the master must take into account the effect of the malfunction on the ship's safety and take appropriate account of it in planning and executing the voyage.
5. The MCA's interpretation of repair facilities being "readily available" is that no repair engineers or spares are available locally. The decision to allow the ship to sail would depend on the equipment involved, the magnitude of the malfunction and it's effect on the ship being able to complete the voyage safely.
6. Paragraph 2 refers to section B of SOLAS Chapter I covering surveys and certification of ships and equipment, including navigational equipment during periodical passenger ship surveys, safety equipment surveys and surveys of radio installations. The repair and subsequent testing of any malfunctioning equipment must therefore meet the requirements of SOLAS I when malfunctions are detected during those surveys. The provisions of this Chapter will be taken into account by the Administration in deciding whether the ship can sail with any equipment not functioning.

Attention is also drawn to Regulation 11 of SOLAS I which governs the maintenance of the condition of the ship and its equipment after survey and its provisions must be complied with in cases where equipment is damaged or malfunctioning.



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