Both documents have been published on November 1st, 2022.
The instruction for Open-Top ships
With this Instruction the Netherlands Shipping Inspectorate (NSI) provides guidance to Recognized Organizations (ROs) to issue exemptions and related certificates to ships which are designed to sail in Open-Top condition in accordance with the Netherlands Equivalent arrangement accepted under article 8 as listed in GISIS with reference no. XQ42482.
With regard to the International Convention on Load Lines (ICLL) regulation 14, and taking into account ICLL article 8, the NSI permits:
• existing open-top general cargo ships for which the keels are laid, or which are at a similar stage of construction, before the 1st of February 2018; and
• new open-top general cargo ships:
1. for which the building contract is placed on or after the 1st of February 2018; or
2. in the absence of a building contract, the keels of which are laid or which are at a similar stage of construction on or after the 1st of July 2018; or
3. the delivery of which is on or after the 1st of July 2024; or
4. ships, converted on or after the 1st of February 2018, with a keel laying date before the 1st of July 2018,
to be exempted from the requirement for cargo and other hatchways to be closed by weathertight covers of steel or other equivalent materials, provided that:
2. an existing open-top general ship complies with the provisions of the Netherlands equivalent arrangement (GISIS no. XQ42482), with the following exceptions:
1. In case the maximum hourly rate of ingress of green water in any one open hold determined from the model testing (measured in m3/hour and converted in mm/hour) is more than 66 mm/hour, the following shall apply:
1. The stability of an existing open-top general cargo ship in intact condition shall be (re)calculated in accordance with section 6 of the Netherlands equivalent arrangement (GISIS no. XQ42482); and
2. An addendum to the existing approved stability documents shall be approved by the RO and placed on board.
2. In case the maximum hourly rate of ingress of green water in any one open hold determined from the model testing (measured in m3/hour and converted in mm/hour) is 66 mm/hour or less, the stability of an existing open-top general cargo ship in intact condition is not required to be (re)calculated. The existing approved stability documents may suffice;
3. appropriate text shall be included reflecting paragraph 2.1 or 2.2 in the International Load Line Exemption Certificate issued to the existing open-top general cargo ship; and
4. an International Load Line Exemption Certificate shall be issued with a reference to the Netherlands equivalent arrangement (GISIS No. XQ42482).
Load Line Convention - Decision and Interpretation
With regard to the ICLL, article 3, paragraph (2) and regulation 2, paragraph (5), for a ship to which multiple load lines are assigned, the NSI authorizes the ROs to issue multiple Load Line Certificates, provided that:
1. the stability information for the relevant statutory loading conditions corresponding to each load line mark, is approved and verified appropriately;
2. the correspondent certificates are placed on board;
3. the ship’s safety management system is revised and updated accordingly for multiple load line assignment, entailing at least the following points:
1. One (1) Load Line Certificate is in use at any given time;
2. Additional Load Line Certificate(s) is/are kept in a separated file and kept under the safe custody of the Master (in case of electronic certificates the certificates in use are clearly marked as (un-)active and visible for authorities either in the system or by written confirmation by the RO);
3. Official entry shall be made in the log book for change in Load Line marking;
4. the old load line mark is to be painted out with the same color as its background, and the new load line mark is to be painted in, in accordance with ICLL, regulation 8;
5. the stability booklet on the bridge must be in compliance with the new load line mark and the International Load Lines Certificate; and
4. other documentation (e.g. (damage) stability calculations) have been amended accordingly, where needed.
It is considered of importance that the change of ILLC, and satisfactory completion of this procedure, is reported to the RO of the ship (for Hull and Machinery). Such also to ensure change of electronic certificates/exemption.