Panama accepts GL EDD programme

08 Mar 2011

Germanischer Lloyd says that it has been authorised by the Panama Maritime Authority to offer its extended dry docking (EDD) programme for vessels flying the Panama flag.

GL says that the Panama flag state acknowledges the technological advancements which have enabled environmentally safe in-water inspections and maintenance, and the improvements in corrosion resistant materials, including the endurance and effectiveness of coating technology.

The EDD scheme offers ship owners and ship operators, who implement the current technological options, the option to extend normal dry docking intervals by 2.5 years. It concentrates on newbuildings and young container vessels, general cargo and multipurpose vessels. The first five-year class renewal dry docking is replaced with in-water surveys at 2.5 years and five years, with the first dry docking taking place at 7.5 years. The sequence continues until a second dry docking at 15 years, after which the docking schedule reverts to the normal schedule.

The scheme offers savings in docking costs, plus reduced off-hire and more flexible options for arranging inspections and meeting charter party requirements. Entry requirements include flag state programme approval and class notation IW (in-water). All ships participating in the EDD programme must have a GL-approved comprehensive planned maintenance system for the hull as well as for machinery. In addition, the ship must be fitted with a shaft bearing and sealing system of approved design with implementation of regular monitoring procedures.

GL’s EDD programme participants are said to benefit from detailed knowledge of where and when inspections and repairs must be performed, early warning of degraded hull condition that helps to avoid costly surprises in dry-dock, and an overview of fleet status that allows avoidance of similar problems with sister vessels.

Panama, which oversees the largest shipping register,  now joins other maritime administrations like Greece, Antigua & Barbuda, Jamaica, and Germany who have agreed to the GL’s EDD procedure.

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