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INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANIZATION E IMO DSC 14/10 19 June 2009 Original: ENGLISH SUB-COMMITTEE ON DANGEROUS GOODS, SOLID CARGOES AND CONTAINERS 14th session Agenda item 10 REVISION OF THE CODE OF SAFE PRACTICE FOR SHIPS CARRYING TIMBER DECK CARGOES Report of the correspondence group Submitted by Sweden SUMMARY Executive summary: This document contains the report of the Correspondence Group on the Revision of the Code of Safe Practice for Ships Carrying Timber Deck Cargoes 5.2 5.2.3
    For reasons of economy, this document is printed in a limited number. Delegates arekindly asked to bring their copies to meetings and not to request additional copies.   I:\DSC\14\10.doc INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANIZATION   IMO  E   SUB-COMMITTEE ON DANGEROUSGOODS, SOLID CARGOES ANDCONTAINERS14th sessionAgenda item 10DSC 14/1019 June 2009Original: ENGLISH  REVISION OF THE CODE OF SAFE PRACTICE FORSHIPS CARRYING TIMBER DECK CARGOESReport of the correspondence groupSubmitted by Sweden   SUMMARY    Executive summary:  This document contains the report of the Correspondence Group onthe Revision of the Code of Safe Practice for Ships Carrying Timber Deck Cargoes Strategic direction:  5.2  High-level action:  5.2.3  Planned output:  Action to be taken:  Paragraph 11  Related documents:  DSC 12/14, DSC 12/WP.1, DSC 13/11 and DSC 13/WP.3 Introduction 1 The Sub-Committee, at its thirteenth session, re-established the Correspondence Group onthe Revision of the Code of Safe Practice for Ships Carrying Timber Deck Cargoes, under thecoordination of Sweden.2 Sweden would like to thank Canada, Finland, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, theRussian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States as well as ICHCA for their  participation in the correspondence group’s work.3 Terms of reference given the correspondence group were as follows:.1 further review the Code of Safe Practice for Ships Carrying Timber Deck Cargoes, concentrating on chapter 3 of, and Annexes to, the Code, based ondocuments DSC 13/WP.3 (annex) and DSC 13/11 (annex 2, chapter 3 andannexes);  DSC 14/10 - 2 - I:\DSC\14\10.doc .2 prepare a draft revised Code for consideration at DSC 14; and.3 submit a written report to DSC 14. Review of the existing Code 4 The correspondence group has reviewed the Code of Safe Practice for Ships CarryingTimber Deck Cargoes based on documents DSC 13/WP.3 as well as DSC 13/11, focusing onchapter 3 containing design principles for cargo securing arrangements as well as appendices tothe Code containing calculated examples and checklist with practical advice.5 Extensive work has been carried out by the correspondence group members throughoutthe year by responding to a number of letters distributed by the coordinator. Interested readersmay consult the correspondence group web page (http://www.mariterm.se/TIMRA.html) for information regarding scheduling, contents of correspondence group letters and responses tothose letters.6 In reviewing chapter 3, suggestions for design basis and different cargo securingarrangements presently being put to use have been circulated to, and commented by, thecorrespondence group. During this process, the correspondence group has expressed divertingviews regarding the purpose of the new Code and what type of content it should contain to bestsuit the intended users. Those points of view can be summarized in the following two statementsregarding the general principle for the new Code:.1 The Code should, apart from general instructions and example procedures with practical advice, present design principles for cargo securing arrangements thatcould be used by designers while preparing the Cargo Securing Manual, includingvessel-specific advice and instructions, and when designing the vessel and itsequipment; or .2 The Code should constitute an effective tool for performing and inspectingstowage and securing of timber deck cargoes and thus contain purely practicaladvice which can be used and easily understood by the crew and staff ashoredirectly involved in the loading and discharge operation.7 Chapter 3 and the checklists in Annex 1 of the draft revised Code have been developedtaking both points of view expressed above under consideration.8 A few example calculations only for cargo securing arrangements have been worked out,circulated and included in Annex 5 of the revised draft Code. It is suggested to complement thissection when the general principles for the Code have been further considered.9 The following checklists to be included in Annex 1 of the Draft Revised Code have beendrafted by the correspondence group:.1 Preparations before loading timber deck cargoes;.2 Safety during loading and securing of timber deck cargoes;.3 Securing of timber deck cargoes;.4 Actions to be taken during the voyage;.5 Safety during discharge of timber deck cargoes.  - 3 - DSC 14/10 I:\DSC\14\10.doc Draft revised Code 10 The current version of the draft Code is attached at annex and all comments on thedifferent documents circulated within the correspondence group can be found on thecorrespondence group web page (http://www.mariterm.se/TIMRA.html). Action requested of the Sub-Committee 11 The Sub-Committee is invited to consider the information provided in this report andannex and take action as appropriate.***
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