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Line Management Plan (LMP) 17.03.2019 00:12

Contained within Section 5.4.2 of Mooring Equipment Guidelines (MEG4) is a description of the Line Management Plan (LMP).

The LMP should contain all the requirements for how the lines are maintained, inspected and retired and each of these parts should be detailed in the plan. For example, in the maintenance section it should detail the installation, storage, repair, maintenance and wear and tear, while at every stage referencing any manufacturer’s guidance. Similarly, the inspection section should detail how and when the inspection should be undertaken.

The LMP can be a standalone tool or it may be integrated into existing safety or maintenance management systems. It can be available as hard or electronic copy, or both. Whatever the format, the LMP should be capable of being updated. It should be accessible for internal and external compliance verification, ship personnel training and communication with manufacturers.


LMP information should be stored in a location that is easy for all users to access, e.g. on a computer system that can be accessed from both the ship and shore or compiled in a single physical location. It should be easy for the system users to access the LMP information from a single physical or virtual location.


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In this context, MEPC 73 agreed that Administrations should encourage ships flying their flag to develop implementation plans, outlining how the ship may prepare in order to comply with the required sulphur content limit of 0.50% by 1 January 2020.

Contained within Section 5.4.2 of Mooring Equipment Guidelines (MEG4) is a description of the Line Management Plan (LMP).
31 December 2018 is coming into general application the EU Ship Recycling Regulation (EU SRR 1257/2013).
The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) has introduced new Mooring Equipment Guidelines (MEG4) for the safe mooring of tankers and gas carriers at terminals.
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