|A Breath of Fresh Air - By George L. Petrie — September 2001|
|Procedures and General Requirements|
for Obtaining Environmental Protection (EP) Designation
· Initial Survey during construction to determine that hull, machinery, and equipment are in accordance with the plans and that all equipment is in working order.
· Provisional Notation granted on successful completion of initial survey, valid for six-month period, during which time the crew must demonstrate and document that all procedures have been implemented.
· Final Audit to examine the documentation developed during the provisional period.
· Full EP Notation assigned following successful audit.
· Follow-up Surveys and Audits include annual survey and yearly audit and a renewal survey every five years to maintain the EP notation.
Requirements for EP Notations
Have a Safety Management Certificate in accordance with the ISM Code issued by the Flag State of Registration.
Enroll in LR's Ship Emergency Response Service (SERS). This means the class society has certain information about the vessel's structure and stability in computer files so it can offer advice, based on engineering analysis, to mitigate the possibility of capsizing, sinking, or structural failure if the vessel should become damaged due to grounding or collision.
This article originally appeared in the June 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.