Guidelines for the Design and Construction of Offshore Supply Vessels, 2006 Edition (IA807E)

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Guidelines for the Design and Construction of Offshore Supply Vessels, 2006 Edition (IA807E)

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These guidelines have been developed for the design and construction of new offshore supply vessels with a view to promoting the safety of such vessels and their personnel, recognizing the unique design features and service characteristics of these vessels.

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These Guidelines provide a standard of safety equivalent to the relevant requirements of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, as amended, and in particular to the stability criteria of the Code on Intact Stability for all Types of Ships Covered by IMO Instruments (IS Code), as amended.

Provisions for offshore supply vessels carrying more than 12 industrial personnel are not included in these Guidelines.

When an offshore supply vessel is used for special purposes, such as diving assistance or oceanographic surveys, the persons on board in connexion with these special purposes should be treated as special personnel.

The content of these Guidelines was reviewed in 2006 in order to update the references contained therein, to enhance subdivision and damage stability requirements, to remove duplication of the content between the Guidelines and the IS Code and to introduce an appropriate documentation of compliance with the Guidelines.



1 General

1.1 Application

1.2 Definitions

1.3 Principles governing near-costal voyages


2 Intact stability


3 Subdivision and damage stability

3.1 General

3.2 Damage assumptions

3.3 Damage stability criteria

3.4 Assumptions for calculating damage stability


4 Machinery and electrical installations


5 Fire protection


6 Life-saving appliances


7 Radiocommunications


8 Documentation


9 Transport of hazardous and liquid noxious substances in bulk


Appendix 1: Operational matters pertaining to stability criteria for offshore supply vessels


Appendix 2: Form of the Offshore Supply Vessel Document of Compliance


Resolution MSC.235(82)

A​​s a specialized agency of the United Nations, IMO is the global standard-setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping. Its main role is to create a regulatory framework for the shipping industry that is fair and effective, universally adopted and universally implemented.  

In other words, its role is to create a level playing-field so that ship operators cannot address their financial issues by simply cutting corners and compromising on safety, security and environmental performance. This approach also encourages innovation and efficiency.

Shipping is a truly international industry, and it can only operate effectively if the regulations and standards are themselves agreed, adopted and implemented on an international basis. And IMO is the forum at which this process takes place.

Title: Guidelines for the Design and Construction of Offshore Supply Vessels, 2006 Edition (IA807E)
Edition: 2016
Number of Pages: 12
Product Code: MM1303K
ISBN: ISBN 13: 9789280114867, ISBN 10: 9280114867
Published Date: December 2007
Binding Format: Paperback
Book Height: 210 mm
Book Width: 145 mm
Weight: 0.20 kg

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