IACS agreed to meet Polish Register for hearing over its former decision to terminate PRSí associate status. Polish Register of Shipping has been, in the interest of fairness, offered hearing concerning that decision. In his letter, IACS Council Chairman requested PRS to submit its case in writing within one month of receipt of the Council communication.
PRS will provide written submission, forming the basis of the request for reconsideration IACS Councilís earlier decision. PRS is convinced that the hearing will let them show that its management controls are in place. In their opinion the loss of single bulk carrier - due to possible structural damage does not indicate loss of management control in a classification society.
PRS investigation on loss of Leader L has shown that dynamic wave loads problems are not limited only to cargo hold number one, but may concern other cargo spaces. The problem of bulk carrier safety has not been solved up to today. In order to improve the safety on some type of ships PRS is working on a new system of class surveys, which will be presented soon.
The hearing will be held sometime during the fourth quarter of 2000, at a date to be confirmed.