RESEARCH VESSEL SAFETY STANDARDS

Revised March 2009

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Preface & Recent Changes

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This edition of the Research Vessel Safety Standards is dedicated to Captain Jim Williams of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, in appreciation for all of his work with the RVOC, UNOLS and in particular for his work on these standards for the academic research fleet.  

This edition is also dedicated to Bill Martin of the University of Washington who served as the Chair of RVTEC and as a key member of the Safety Committee, bringing the voice of sea-going marine technicians fully into the process of keeping these Safety Standards current and relevant to the UNOLS Community.



The UNOLS Office and the UNOLS Research Vessel Safety Committee would like to acknowledge the support of the National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US Geological Survey, and Minerals Management Service for support of this project.


PREFACE

UNOLS Member Institutions first adopted the Research Vessel Safety Standards (RVSS) in May 1976.  Later editions were adopted by members at UNOLS meetings in May 1981, May 1985, October 1989, September 1992, October 1995, July 1999 and March 2003.  The UNOLS Council adopted this ninth edition in March 2009.  In lieu of published institutional policy, these safety standards are considered the guidelines for UNOLS Research Vessels.  For that reason, all UNOLS Members, both Operators and others, should be thoroughly familiar with the contents of this manual and comply with its recommendations as appropriate.

Changes made since last revision (March 2003):


RESEARCH VESSEL SAFETY STANDARDS
TABLE OF CONTENTS

1.  INTRODUCTION ........................................................... 1
2.  PROCEDURES ............................................................. 3
3.  DEFINITIONS, REGULATIONS AND DOCUMENTATION ............................. 5
4.  OPERATIONS ............................................................ 19
5.  MANNING ............................................................... 25
6.  PERSONAL BEHAVIOR AND INDIVIDUAL SAFETY ............................... 33
7.  COMMUNICATIONS ........................................................ 37
8.  SCIENTIFIC SUPPORT EQUIPMENT .......................................... 41
9.  SCIENTIFIC AND SHIPBOARD HAZARDOUS MATERIALS .......................... 47
10.  RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS ................................................ 53
11.  DIVING OPERATIONS .................................................... 57
12.  HUMAN OCCUPIED VEHICLES .............................................. 61
13.  STABILITY ............................................................ 67
14.  LOAD LINES AND WATERTIGHT INTEGRITY .................................. 73
15.  ELECTRICAL AND MARINE ENGINEERING .................................... 83
16.  FIRE FIGHTING EQUIPMENT & FIRE PROTECTION ............................ 89
17.  LIFESAVING APPLIANCES ................................................ 97
18.  CHARTERING OF NON-INSTITUTION VESSELS ............................... 105

APPENDIX A  UNOLS Rope/Cable Safe Working Load Standards ................. 111
APPENDIX B  UNOLS Load Handling System Design Standards .................. 127
APPENDIX C  Safety Inspection Check List for Shipboard Vans .............. 129
APPENDIX D  Inspection Check List for Chartering Vessels ................. 133
APPENDIX E  Sexual Harassment Brochure ................................... 137
APPENDIX F  List of Acronyms ............................................. 139

INDEX .................................................................... 143
NOTES .................................................................... 145