Following a recent case in China where the China Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) issued a deficiency (Code 17) requesting a Damage Control Booklet to be provided onboard before allowing the ship to sail, Owners / Operators of cargo ships constructed on or after 1 February 1992 and trading in Chinese ports should from now on ensure that a Damage Control Booklet (in addition to the Damage Control Plan) is available onboard. Where it is found that such booklet is not available, Owners/ Operators should produce the booklet, using MSC.1/Circ.1245 as guidance, and using a copy of, and based on, the Damage Control Plan already available
onboard. The Damage Control Booklet in these situations is not required to be submitted to Class for approval.
Additional info is presented in the attached AMC TECHNICAL NEWS.