Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) implemented new towing and mooring equipment guidelines

The International Maritime Organization's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) recently implemented new requirements and issued related guidelines on towing and mooring equipment to improve the safety of seafarers during mooring and unmooring operations and to mitigate the rising trend of dangerous and sometimes fatal mooring operations.

Shipowners and operators need to be aware that the new regulations for inspection and maintenance of mooring equipment (including lines) apply to all ships in service from 1 January 2024. The necessary documentation needed to comply with the new regulations should be in place ahead of the entry into force date. Albion Marine solutions can assist you in complying with the new regulations which must be place ahead of the entry into force date. 

These new requirements are incorporated in the amendments to SOLAS Regulation II-1/3-8 contained in Resolution MSC.474(102) and come into force on 1 January 2024. Ahead of the above date, shipowners, shipbuilders, designers, and operators need to consider these upcoming regulatory changes and guidelines when finalizing any new build designs. Shipowners and operators need to ensure they have the required maintenance plans, procedures, and records in place before these changes come into force

Revised guidance on shipboard towing and mooring equipment (MSC.1/ Circ.1175/Rev.1)

  • Significant changes for new ships
  • Significant changes for ships in operation
  • Impact on ship design
  • Impact on shipowners and operators

Albion Marine is helping shipowners evaluate towing and mooring arrangements, systems, and equipment on board their vessels engineering, and improvements are required in some circumstances. Please contact Albion Marine "mooring experts" This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to confirm that your ship meets all requirements before the deadline.