Extended Dry Dock Program

The Liberian Registry has introduced a range of cost-saving provisions to help mitigate the burden and financial strain currently being placed on owners and operators of Liberian-flagged vessels during the sustained economic downturn in the maritime and offshore sectors. Amongst these cost-savings measures is the potential to extend vessel dry dock periods.

Pursuant to IMO Assembly Resolution A.1104(29), the Liberian Administration may give consideration to alternate inspections being carried out with the ship afloat. Special consideration may be given to ships of 15 years of age and over, other than bulk carriers and oil tankers.

Requirements for Ships in the Extended Dry Dock Program:  

  • The scheme is to start from when the ship is new or at the latest a ship’s 10 year dry-docking survey.
  • The ship must comply with the in-water survey provisions in accordance with the Administration and the Classification Society rule requirements.

Administration’s Initial and Subsequent Review/Approval Process:

  • Vessel owner/operator must submit an Extended Dry Dock survey planning questionnaire and an in-water survey plan;
  • Administration’s review of vessel’s history regarding ISM Code requirements, including safety management system non-conformities relating to hull maintenance and the associated corrective action(s); and
  • Administration’s review of vessel’s flag safety inspections and non-conformities, including Port State Control reports of inspections containing hull related deficiencies.

Management of the In-Water Surveys for the Extended Dry Dock Program:

  • An application and planning document must be prepared in advance of the survey and agreed with the Classification Society.
  • A copy of the agreed upon plan will be submitted to the Flag Administration for review and comment.
  • The plan should include details of internal structural examinations and cargo tank internal surveys and all incidents and defects affecting underwater parts.

For additional information, please contact RegsandStandards@liscr.com

Copies of the Extended Dry Dock Survey Questionnaire can be obtained from the Liberian Registry’s Regulation and Standards Department by emailing regsandstandards@liscr.com or from any of the Registry’s regional offices.

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