In 2010, the IMO adopted MSC.1/Circ.1353, a revised guideline for the preparation of cargo securing manuals (CSM), as referred to in Appendix 2 of the Code of Safe Practice for Cargo Stowage and Securing from 2011. Compared to the previous MSC/Circ.745, new requirements were introduced which include a record book for maintenance of lashing gear and the cargo safe access plan (CSAP). The CSAP is only required for vessels with keel-laying date on or after 1 January 2015. Approval status of newly submitted CSM All CSMs submitted to DNV GL for approval after publication of MSC.1/Circ.1353 have been examined for their compliance with this circular. Approval status of CSM originally approved for compliance with MSC/Circ.745 It is stated in paragraph 5 of MSC.1/Circ.1353 that this new guideline supersedes MSC/Circ.745. DNV GL hereby confirms that all CSMs approved by DNV GL in accordance with MSC/Circ.745 are also in compliance with MSC.1/Circ.1353, provided the newly required maintenance record is attached to the approved CSM on board. The maintenance record can be a simple list or spreadsheet. Therefore, a re-approval of the cargo securing manual is not necessary. Additional information for compliance with MSC.1/Circ.1352 With regard to compliance with the IMO’s MSC.1/Circ.1352, DNV GL recently introduced a procedure to check and confirm compliance of existing vessels with keel-laying before 1 January 2015. Please have a look at this newsletter: For ships sailing under flags which have made MSC.1/Circ.1352 mandatory, DNV GL will impose a retroactive requirement (RR) or special requirement due for the next safety construction survey. For ships sailing under flags which have not confirmed that they will treat MSC.1/Circ.1352 as a mandatory guideline, DNV GL offers the compliance check voluntarily, as port states or terminal operators may request compliance.
Source : DNV GL