MARITIME INDUSTRY AUTHORITY
MARINA Circular No. 2009-24
Accreditation and/or Authorization of Organizations for Purposes
of Classification of Philippine-Registered Ships in the Domestic
Trade and Supervision and Audit of Accredited Organizations
Adopted: 29 Dec. 2009
Date Filed: 21 January 2010
Pursuant to the pertinent provisions of PD 474, EO 125 and R.A. 9295, as amended, and International Maritime Organization Resolution A.739(18), and A.789(19), the following guidelines are promulgated to govern the accreditation and/or authorization of ship classification societies and other entities intending to establish a classification society to cater to the needs of the Philippine domestic fleet.
Section 1. OBJECTIVE:
1. To authorize IACS members and other reputable International Classification Organizations to perform classification of ships and High Speed Craft in the domestic trade.
2. To accredit only one (1) local classification organization to cater to the classification requirements of ships in the domestic trade.
3. To institutionalize a Philippine Government (PG) Classification System to cater to the classification requirements for non convention wooden hulled ships and ships 35 GT and below.
4. To set up guidelines and procedures in the supervision and audit of all Administration accredited and/or authorized organizations performing classification work for ships.
5. To identify responsibilities of accredited and/or authorized classification organization performing classification.
Section 2. COVERAGE:
This Circular shall apply to all shipping companies, shipowners/ operators, all local classification organizations duly organized and authorized under existing Philippine laws, all recognized members of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) and other reputable international classification organizations engaged in the classification of ships in the domestic trade.
Section 3. DEFINITION OF TERMS:
1. Administration – refers to the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA).
2. Classification Organization – a non-stock, non-profit organization, local or international, that establishes and applies technical standards in relation to the design, construction and survey of marine related facilities including ships and offshore structures.
3. Ship Classification – the process performed by a classification organization to ensure that a ship is designed, constructed and maintained in accordance with the rules established by that classification society.
4. Accreditation – refers to the process of qualifying Organizations to conduct classification activities for ships.
5. Authorization – refers to the process of qualifying IACS members and other reputable international classification organizations to conduct classification activities for ships.
6. Local Classification Organization – refers to a non-stock, non-profit organization organized under existing Philippine laws in order to comply with the Administration policy of accrediting only one classification society for the purpose of classing ships, above 35 GT in the domestic trade.
7. PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT CLASS (PG Class) SYSTEM – refers to the classing non convention wooden hull ships and ships 35 GT and below by Administration technical personnel following the regulations set by this Circular.
Section 4. ACCREDITATION AND/OR AUTHORIZATION OF ORGANIZATIONS FOR THE CONDUCT OF CLASSIFICATION.
1. The Administration, in the exercise of its authority and prerogative as Flag State Administration hereby adopts the policy of accrediting only one (1) local classification organization.
2. The Administration may also authorize members of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) and other reputable international classification organizations presently performing classification of ships in the international and domestic trade.
3. Accreditation shall serve as prerequisite to the grant of permits, authorities and incentives pertaining to classification activities, which are presently administered, or to be administered, by the Administration.
4. No Organization without a Certificate of Accreditation or Authorization from the MARINA shall be authorized to undertake classification service of domestic fleet. Only Surveyors of Accredited Organization shall be authorized to perform classification of domestic ships required to be classed.
5. Convention sized ships in the domestic trade currently classed by IACS shall not be allowed to change to local class unless for economic reason.
Section 5. MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR AN ACCREDITED ORGANIZATION
1. The organization shall define and document its policy and objective for, and commitment to, quality and ensure that this policy is understood, implement and maintained.
2. The organization shall be governed by principles of ethical behavior which should be contained in a Code of Ethics and as such recognize the inherent responsibility associated with a delegation of authority to include assurance as to the adequate performance of services as well as the confidentiality of related information, as appropriate.
3. The organization shall allow the participation of qualified technical representatives of the Administration and other parties concerned in the development of its rules and/or regulations.
4. The organization must maintain its own website which must contain all relevant ship records and provide the Administration electronic access thereto.
5. The organization must establish procedure to request records from other classification societies that previously classed the ship.
6. The organization should provide the Administration every 15th of January a list, in electronic form, of the ships surveyed of the preceding year including ship name, type of service and IMO numbers.
7. The organization should keep records of persons acting on its behalf and be made available to the Administration.
8. The organization should provide for the publication and systematic maintenance of rules and/or regulations in the English language for the design, construction and certification of ships and their associated essential engineering systems as well as the provision of an adequate research capability to ensure appropriate updating of the published criteria.
9. The organization should be established with:
9.1 A significant number of managerial, technical and support staff, capable of developing and maintaining rules and/or regulations.
9.2 At least twenty (20) technical personnel and ten (10) support staff to provide the required service.
10. The organization should demonstrate the technical, administrative and managerial competence and capacity to ensure the provision of quality services in a timely fashion.
11. The Administration shall conduct regular annual and random audit of the organization to ensure that all rules, guidelines and policies of the administration are complied with.
Section 6. QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
1. The organization so established must be non-stock, non-profit.
2. Officers and employees of the organization must not have commercial interest related to the design, construction, ownership, operation, management, maintenance or repairs, insurance or chartering of ships.
3. The organization’s working group must be able to render the following services:
3.1 Classification services – to develop and administer the technical standards for the design, construction and periodical survey of ships and other marine structures such as mobile offshore unit;
3.2 Technical Advisory services – to render advisory services related to ship design, construction, revision of rules referred to by the Administration.
3.3 Logistical and Personnel services – to service domestic fleet geographically distributed in the different parts of the country.
3.4 Other services as may be deemed necessary and appropriate by the Administration.
4. Local Class Organization should establish offices in the following areas which must have at least two (2) surveyors:
4.1 La Union
4.2 Metro Manila
4.11 General Santos
5. The quality system of the organization shall be certified in accordance with the ISO 9000 series or its subsequent amendments, by an internationally recognized independent body of auditors/certifying body within a period of one (1) year from its initial accreditation. Certification under ISO 9000 series, issued by a member of an internationally accepted classification society is acceptable and given preference.
6. Local Class Organization must have in its employ the following with good moral character, unquestionable integrity and who shall not be more than sixty (60) years of age:
License Work Experience Number
(Within the last Five  years)
Naval Architect and Five (5) years as Naval Architect and Four (4)
Marine Engineer Marine Engineer
Chief Engineer Five (5) years as Chief Marine Engineer Four (4)
Master Mariner Five (5) years as Master Mariner Four (4)
Mechanical Engineer, Ten (10) years working experience as Four (4) ME
Electrical Engineer superintendent and/or division manager Four (4) EE
in a MARINA-accredited shipyard
Section 7. DOCUMENTARY REQUIREMENTS:
1. SEC Registration Certificate as a non-stock, non-profit entity.
2. For IACS members and reputable international classification organization proof of registration at the country where its headquarter is located.
3. Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws.
4. List of surveyors, technical, managerial and support staff, including their curriculum vitae detailing their respective qualifications and experiences.
5. Code of Ethics
6. Classification Rule Books for the design, construction and certification of ships subject to certification under SOLAS Convention for organization performing classification on convention size ships and High Speed Craft.
7. Classification Rule Books for the design, construction and certification of ships subject to certification under the Administration’s standards, regulations and the SSIS for organization performing classification on non-convention size ships.
8. Schedule of all fees to be charged including escalation rates and frequency.
9. Documented system of the organization’s development, implementation and maintenance of an effective internal quality system based on appropriate recognized quality standards no less effective than ISO series, and which, inter alia, ensures that:
9.1 the organization’s rules and/or regulation are establish and maintained in a systematic manner, and are reviewed and amended following a documented procedure;
9.2 the organization’s rules and regulations are complied with;
9.3 the responsibilities, authorities, and interrelation of personnel whose work affects the quality of the organization’s service are defined and documented;
9.4 all works are carried out under controlled condition;
9.5 a supervisory system is in place, which monitors the actions and work, carried out by the organizations;
9.6 a system of qualification of surveyors and continuous updating of their knowledge;
9.7 records are maintained, demonstrating achievement of the required standards in the items covered by the services performed as well as the effective operation of the quality systems; and,
9.8 a comprehensive system of planned and documented internal audits of the quality – related activities in all location is implemented.
Section 8. PROCEDURE FOR ACCREDITATION:
1. The applicant shall file with the MARINA an application in writing duly supported by the above-mentioned documentary requirements.
2. Incomplete documentary requirements shall not be accepted. Mailed application with incomplete requirement shall be immediately returned to the applicant.
3. A written statement that the procedures and records of the organization regarding its action involving safety management audits and certification are available for review annually and at any time deemed necessary by the Administration.
4. The Administration shall establish a committee to evaluate all the documents submitted and verify that the Organization’s system is implemented in all its offices.
5. The Certificate of Accreditation shall be issued after evaluation of all documents submitted and verification that the organization complies with the aforementioned requirements.
Section 9. RESPONSIBILITY OF ACCREDITED ORGANIZATION
1. Accredited and or authorized organizations shall report to the Administration information pertaining to services performed pursuant to this circular, as follows:
1.1 Reporting of Unfit Condition
The Accredited and/or Authorized organization shall report, within twenty four (24) hours, to the Administration if a ship is discovered to be operating with faults or defects which represent significant deviations from the standards required in International Conventions and/or the Administration’s standards, such that the ship is not fit to proceed to sea without danger to the ship and persons on board. The obligation to provide such information applies regardless as to how such deficiencies are discovered. Further, the accredited and/or authorized organization shall report to the Administration any accident involving ships classed by them.
1.2 Reporting of Suspension and/or withdrawal of Class
The Accredited and/or Authorized organization shall report, within twenty four (24) hours, to the Administration any suspension and/or withdrawal of class.
1.3 Reporting of Rules and other documents
The Accredited and/or Authorized Organization shall furnish the Administration with its rules and their amendments for Building and Classing Vessels and of its records and other documents, showing the standards of the organization, and which can provide the latter with data to assist in the interpretation of convention regulations.
Section 10. VALIDITY OF CERTIFICATES
The Certificate of Accreditation and/or Authorization shall be valid for a period of ten (10) years. The certificate and/or authorization cannot be transferred or alienated in whatever manner and its use by another shall not be allowed.
Section 11. FEES AND CHARGES
The fees and charges shall be as follows:
Accreditation Php 250,000.00 for local organization
Annual Audit Fee for Accredited Entities Php 25,000.00 per office
Authorization $ 5,000.00 or its peso equivalent
The above fees shall be exclusive of the documentary stamps required by law to be affixed on the certificate.
Section 12. SUBMISSION OF REPORTS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS
The MARINA accredited and/or authorized Organization under this Circular shall submit the following reports and/or documents:
1. Updated listings of ship surveyors (if any) – within fifteen (15) days from occurrence;
2. Replacement of approving officers/signatory(ies), if any – on or before replacement date; and,
3. Organization’s Annual report – within the first quarter of the following year.
The foregoing reports/documents shall either be the original or true copies of the original duly attested by an authorized representative of the organization.
Section 13. SUPERVISION AND AUDIT
The Administration, in line with its authority to accredit organizations, shall exercise supervision and conduct annual management, financial and performance audit of Accredited and/or Authorized Organizations, pursuant to relevant International issuances for international organizations and Rule VII, Sec. 3 of the IRR for R.A. No. 9295 for local class. (See Annex A)
Section 14. ADMINISTRATIVE SANCTIONS
1. The Administration shall issue Show Cause Order based on the following grounds:
1.1 Failure to maintain quality standards;
1.2 Failure to maintain the conditions for accreditation in preceding section; and
1.3 Willful and/or gross violation of any rule/regulation and of any of the general and specific Terms and Condition of Accreditation/Authorization.
1.4 Violation of any provision of this Circular.
2. After due process, the following fines and penalties, per offense, shall be imposed against the accredited and/or authorized organizations:
2.1 First Offense = Php 250,000.00
2.2 Second Offense = Php 500,000.00 + suspension of certificate for at sixty (60) days but not to exceed ninety (90) days
2.3 Third Offense = Php 750,000.00 + Cancellation of Certificate
Section 15. PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM
1. The Administration hereby establishes the PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT CLASS (PG Class), which shall undertake classification for non convention wooden hulled ships and ships 35 GT and below.
2. The PG Class will be composed of personnel of the Administration and shall be so trained and qualified according to a set of procedures developed for the purpose.
3. Only duly designated Administration Surveyors shall be authorized to perform classification of domestic ships required to be classed.
4. The PG Class may undertake the activities of local class in case the Certificate of Accreditation of the latter is suspended and/or withdrawn.
5. The classification activities to be undertaken by the PG Class shall cover non-convention wooden hulled ships and ships 35 GT and below and shall follow the Procedures, Rules and Guidelines developed by the MARINA. (See Annex B*)
Section 16. REPEALING CLAUSE
MARINA Circular No. 165 is hereby repealed. Any provision of other MARINA circulars otherwise inconsistent herewith is modified/amended accordingly.
Section 17. SEPARABILITY CLAUSE
Should any provision or part of this Circular be declared by competent authority to be invalid or unconstitutional, the remaining provisions or parts hereof shall remain in full force and effect and shall continue to be valid and effective.
Section 18. TRANSITORY PROVISION
1. Existing accreditation issued to a local classification society shall be deemed expired on March 31, 2010. It may continue to issue Interim Class Certificate with a validity until March 31, 2010 only. However fifteen (15) days after publication of this Circular they shall cease issuing Full Term Class Certificate.
2. IACS members currently engaged in classification of domestic ships shall apply and acquire authorization under the provisions of this Circular not later than March 31, 2010.
Section 19. EFFECTIVITY CLAUSE
This Circular shall take effect immediately upon its publication once in a newspaper of general circulation.
BY AUTHORITY OF THE BOARD:
(Sgd.) MARIA ELENA H. BAUTISTA
MARITIME INDUSTRY AUTHORITY
MARINA Circular No. 2009-25
Rules and Procedures on the Approval of Lifejackets
and Lifebuoys for Ships Engaged in Domestic Shipping
Adopted: 29 Dec. 2009
Date Filed: 21 January 2010
Pursuant to the pertinent provisions of the Revised Philippine Merchant Rules and Regulations (RPMMRR), 1997, the International Convention on Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) 1974, as amended, Life-Saving Appliances (LSA) Code and MARINA Circulars implementing maritime safety and accreditation of maritime related services, the following rules on the verification, confirmation and approval of lifejackets and lifebuoys are hereby promulgated.
1. To prescribe rules on the verification, confirmation and approval of lifejackets and lifebuoys required onboard ships in the domestic shipping; and
2. To ensure the quality, safety and reliability of lifejackets and lifebuoys on board ships in the domestic shipping to foster safety of life at sea.
1. All manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, dealers, retailers and agents of lifejackets and lifebuoys intended to be used onboard ships in the domestic shipping; and
2. All companies operating ships in the domestic shipping.
III. DEFINITION OF TERMS
For the purpose of this Circular, the following terms shall mean as follows:
1. Administration – refers to the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA).
2. Agent – refers to any individual or entity representing or acting in behalf of manufacturer, supplier, distributor, dealer or retailer of lifejackets and/or lifebuoys.
3. Certificate of Confirmation – refers to the document issued by the Administration upon verification that the LSA are of the approved type.
4. Child – refers to a person three (3) years old and above but below twelve years old.
5. Company – refers to the owner of the ship or organization or person such as manager or bareboat charterer, who has assumed the responsibility for operation of the ship from the shipowner and who on assuming such responsibility, has agreed to take over all the duties and such responsibilities imposed by this Circular.
6. Dealer – refers to an individual or entity engaged in buying lifejackets and/or lifebuoys from manufacturer/supplier/distributor for wholesale and/or retail reselling.
7. Distributor – refers to an individual or entity allowed by manufacturer of lifejackets and lifebuoys to offer and/or sell its products to their authorized dealers or retailers.
8. Domestic shipping – refers to the operation of Philippine-registered ships, either commercial or company/personal-use, in any part of the Philippine waters.
9. Infant – refers to a person below three (3) years old.
10. Manufacturer – refers to any individual or juridical entity which produces, assembles, and/or processes lifejackets and lifebuoys required for ships engaged in domestic shipping.
11. MARINA Hologram – refers to a sticker to be affixed / displayed on lifejackets and lifebuoys to signify the Administration’s approval.
12. Nighttime navigation – refers to navigation of ship from sunset to sunrise.
13. Retailer – refers to any individual or entity that sells lifejackets and/or lifebuoys individually or in small quantity directly to the end-user/consumer/clientele.
14. Ship – refers to all craft or artificial contrivance capable of floating in water designed to be used or capable of being used as a means of water transportation utilizing its own motive power or that of others.
15. Supplier – refers to any individual or entity which supplies/distributes/markets lifejackets and lifebuoys on ships engaged in domestic shipping.
IV. GENERAL PROVISIONS
1. All manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, dealers, retailers and agents of lifejackets and lifebuoys covered by this Circular shall apply for accreditation with the Administration. Distributors, dealers, retailers and agents shall be considered as suppliers in accordance with MC 2006-001 and its subsequent amendments.
2. Only lifejackets and lifebuoys approved and certified by any of the following maritime administrations and classification societies, as initially listed hereunder, shall be deemed acceptable for use on board ships engaged in domestic shipping, after actual verification by the Administration and upon submission of Certificate of Type-Approval issued by flag administrations or Confirmation of Type Approval issued by classification societies and such other types of certification/document showing that such products have been approved and tested:
2.1 United States Coast Guard (USCG);
2.2 Australian Maritime Safety Administration (AMSA);
2.3 Danish Maritime Safety Administration (DMSA);
2.4 United Kingdom Maritime and Coastguard Agency (UK-MCA);
2.5 Japan Government-Ministry of Land Infrastructure and Transport (JG-MLIT); and
2.6 Any member of International Association of Classification Societies (IACS)
3. All companies operating ships in the domestic shipping shall ensure that lifejackets are conspicuously stored / stowed in the following areas:
3.1 Below the seats and/or bunks of passengers; and
3.2 Overhead compartments in case of motorized bancas.
Arrangement shall be made to ensure that child or infant lifejackets are provided in cabins or bunks or seats where children or infants are berthed.
4. All companies operating ships in the domestic shipping shall post notices in conspicuous place inside the passenger area indicating that the unauthorized taking of lifejackets outside the ship shall be punishable by law.
5. Manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, dealers, retailers and agents shall provide the ship owners copies of video demonstrations to be played on board and/or illustrated directions or instructions for donning of lifejackets for adults, children and infants. The donning instruction shall be in English or Filipino language, and the local dialects, depending on the area of operations, and shall be displayed conspicuously in both passenger and crew accommodation areas in all ships.
6. Three (3) months after the effectivity of this Circular, all passenger ships shall provide additional infant lifejackets of at least 5% of the authorized number of passenger capacity. Persons travelling with infants should be made aware of the provision of infants’ lifejackets when boarding the vessel. They may bring their own infant lifejacket, provided such are type approved and bears the MARINA hologram.
7. All passenger ships shall provide additional child lifejackets of at least 10% of the authorized number of passenger capacity.
8. Ships with nighttime navigation shall be required to carry lighted lifejackets that complies with the LSA Code requirements.
9. All existing lifejackets and lifebuoys shall be accepted provided that they be type approved by the entities authorized under this Circular.
V. SPECIFIC PROVISIONS
1. All entities covered by this Circular shall apply for approval and certification of their lifejackets and/or lifebuoys from the Administration.
2. Upon filing of application, all entities covered by this Circular submit three (3) samples for lifejackets, two (2) samples for lifebuoys and other types of similar life-saving appliance of each batch/lot and all its appropriate certifications showing that such products have been approved by any of the maritime administrations or classification societies referred to in section IV.2 of this Circular.
3. Upon actual verification of the type approval and certification of the submitted lifejackets and lifebuoys, the Administration shall issue Certificate of Confirmation and individually distinct MARINA hologram. The tamper proof and water resistant MARINA hologram with security feature shall bear the MARINA logo and distinct serial number as shown in Annex-1*.
4. Subject to the preceding paragraph, the MARINA hologram shall be affixed on each lifejacket and lifebuoy, as shown in Annex-2*.
5. The following information shall be indicated in the Certificate of Confirmation issued by the Administration:
5.1 Name of manufacturer/supplier;
5.2 Address of manufacturer/supplier;
5.3 Product type;
5.4 Number of pieces per product in the batch/lot
5.5 Model number/letter or serial number; and
5.6 Name of approving/certifying Maritime Administration/IACS member.
6. The Certificate of Confirmation from the Administration shall be issued per type of life-saving appliance.
7. Companies shall ensure that all lifejackets and lifebuoys on board their ships indicate the name of the ship and marked with “ADULT”, “CHILD”, or “INFANT”, as appropriate.
8. The sample lifejackets and lifebuoys submitted shall be the property of the Administration and shall serve as evidence of approval.
VI. SCHEDULE OF FEES AND CHARGES
1. The following fees and charges shall be paid for the following:
1.1 Verification fee - P 3,000.00
1.2 Issuance of Certificate of Confirmation - P 2,000.00
2. MARINA hologram - P 10.00/piece
VII. SANCTIONS AND PENALTIES
1. Companies/owners/operators of ships engaged in the domestic shipping found to be using lifejacket/s and lifebuoy/s onboard their ship/s which is/are not approved as required under this Circular shall be subject to the following fines and penalties:
First violation P750.00 per life ring/lifejacket P1,500.00 per lifebuoy
Second violation P1,500.00 per lifejacket P3,000.00 per life ring/lifebuoy And sixty (60) day suspension
Third violation P5,000.00 per lifejacket
P7,500.00 per life ring/lifebuoy
And one hundred eighty (180) day suspension
2. Manufacturers/suppliers/distributors/dealers/retailers/agents/companies found violating any of the provisions of this Circular shall be charge with the following fines and penalties:
First violation P 150,000.00
Second violation P 175,000.00 + suspension of accreditation
for 6 months
Third violation 200,000.00 + cancellation of accreditation
3. Submission of false/fraudulent/spurious certification/documentation in an application for issuance of Certificate of Confirmation – P50,000.00 per document or certificate.
VIII. REPEALING CLAUSE
Any provision(s) of MARINA Circular No. 2006-001 and other MARINA Circulars inconsistent herewith is/are hereby modified / amended / repealed accordingly.
IX. SEPARABILITY CLAUSE
Should any provision or part of this Circular be declared by competent Authority to be invalid or unconstitutional, the remaining provisions or parts hereof shall remain in full force and effect and shall continue to be valid and effective.
X. EFFECTIVITY CLAUSE
This Circular shall take effect immediately upon its publication once in a newspaper of general circulation.
BY THE AUTHORITY OF THE BOARD:
(Sgd.) MARIA ELENA H. BAUTISTA