RINA publishes new lay-up guidelines

GENOA-based classification society RINA has published new guidelines to
help shipowners identify and secure safe and cost-effective locations to
lay up their ships during the current economic downturn.

The guidelines cover various types of lay-up, mooring arrangements,
class, insurance, flag and port authority requirements. They also set
out the measures which need to be taken in order to ensure that ships
are laid up in a safe condition and that proper maintenance is carried
out on machinery and systems.

The guidelines provide an overview of the services that RINA can provide
to shipowners during the entire lay-up process, and useful information
on how to choose the most suitable location for laying up a ship.

Dino Cervetto, Manager of the Technical Function of RINA’s Marine
Division, says, “As a result of the global economic crisis, and the
consequent downturn in the freight markets over the past year, a number
of owners have decided to take their ships out of service, and in
particular to place them in lay-up. Lay-up can be a complex process. It
requires proper planning which covers everything from flag
administration requirements to important technical and maintenance
issues. It is also essential to define the lay-up period and to choose
the best lay-up location available. RINA’s guidelines are designed to
help owners with the whole process, and to ensure that nothing is left
to chance.”

A copy of the Guidelines can be either downloaded from www.rina.org, or
requested from: marine.services@rina.org.

l RINA SpA is the operational company of Registro Italiano Navale,
founded in Genoa in 1861, and is one of the oldest classification
societies and one of the ten most important in the world. Throughout its
history, RINA has progressively diversified its activities, transferring
the skills acquired and consolidated in the marine industries to other
sectors, covering quality, environmental and product management system
certification, social accountability certification and advanced services
for industry.

l RINA has seventy-two offices abroad in thirty-eight countries and
forty exclusive offices in Italy and employs around 1,400 exclusive
personnel. Through its Marine Division RINA has a classed fleet of over
3,765 ships totalling 25m gt, plus over 1,000 yachts and over 300
special units (military ships, coast guard, police and fire brigade