Q.If certificate of class is going to expire in 3 days, can the ship sail today?
This is the most impratical question asked normally by surveyors/ Professors who have not sailed in the recent times. Pratically before the vessel makes a port call, she is required to send a list of vessel's certificates to the port authority before berthing clearence is given. Normally ports will not allow vessel's to berth if there are any certiciates expiring and renewal survey has not been arranged. Also Class will send Quarterly status reports to vessel's MSI. the certificates have a +/- 3 months window period on the expiry date so that gives flexibility for the MSI to arrange for a renewal survey. For any genuine reason like unfavourable ports during this window period the MSI could not arrange , then Flag can give dispensation, provided evidence and a time frame is given. Flag will not so easily give dispensation just by raising a request.
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