The International Marine Contractors Association

Diving Equipment System Inspection Guidance Note

DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems
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IMCA D 024 – Part 2

Record of Inspections
Name of vessel/installation:

Brief description of diving system:

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IMCA D 024

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Index to Detail Sheets 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 General Safety Dive Control Surface Compression Chamber Bell Launch and Recovery System Diving Bell Life Support Control Main Bell Umbilical Diver Heating System Divers’ Umbilicals Divers’ Personal Equipment Compressors and Pumps High Pressure Gas Storage Diver Gas Reclaim Chamber Gas Reclaim and Purification Hyperbaric Evacuation System IMCA D 024 14 .

This may be by the use of batteries. There must be a level of lighting available at all times around the diving system and any other working areas sufficient to allow personnel to safely and efficiently carry out their duties Automatic emergency lighting should be available in all critical areas to allow personnel to move around safely A 2. his umbilical and his equipment are physically restrained from coming into contact with any thruster or obstruction.2 2.3 Life Support Power Supply A A 3 3. stored energy (hydraulic or air power).2 Emergency Lighting B .2 DP Vessels A A 2 2.1 Access to Water Safety Divers must be able to enter and leave the water safely and in a controlled manner. A record must be made of any such restrictions.1 Lighting General A 3.Section 1 – General Safety Page 1 of 2 IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems General Safety Item Description Requirement Need Response Certificate Issue Date 1 1. the bell access to the water must be in an area that is a suitable distance away from any thruster or other object likely to cause problems. This normally means restricting umbilical lengths. An assessment must be made of all of the equipment needed to provide life support for the divers living in the chambers if the power fails Any equipment identified as necessary to satisfy either of the above conditions must be able to continue operating in the event of loss of the vessel’s primary power. When diving from a vessel on DP. A 1. The prime responsibility while diving from a vessel on DP is that the diver. This should be possible in all normal and reasonably foreseeable circumstances.1 Emergency Power Diving An assessment must be available showing which diving equipment is needed for the safe completion of a dive and recovery of the bell to the system if the vessel power fails. connection to an emergency generator etc.

1 4.2 Maintenance Requirement Records A system should be in place whereby all items of plant and equipment are subject to regular maintenance A detailed record (written or electronic) should be available showing what maintenance has been carried out in the past B B .Section 1 – General Safety Page 2 of 2 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date 4 4.

should be available in dive control to allow the supervisor to guide the divers in an emergency 1. then this section will need to be completed twice. Dive Control and its controls must be adequately illuminated for operations at night A A A A A A A B 1. This will apply even if the two dive controls are in the same compartment. There must also be a diagram of the maximum permitted lengths of divers’ umbilical for each depth for the specific dive location(s) onboard A 1.3 Bell Information Copies of the diving bell internal and external pre-dive checklists must be available in dive control A photographic record of the bell valves.4 Surface Diving All bell diving operations must have the capability of deploying a surface diver in an emergency. internal and external. Such equipment should meet the minimum requirements for surface diving equipment as laid out in IMCA D 023 If the vessel operates on DP then a diagram of all thrusters and other obstructions must be displayed in dive control. Item Description Requirement Need Response Certificate Issue Date 1 1. once for each dive control.Section 2 – Dive Control Page 1 of 6 IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Dive Control If there are two diving bells and thus two dive controls. This also means he must be kept suitably warm (or cool) The Diving Supervisor needs good access to all relevant areas of control and must be able to read all gauges and displays without difficulty.1 General Location Diving Supervisor must be protected from weather and other elements (including dropped objects) which may affect his concentration.2 Documentation Copies of the diving contractor’s manuals and diving rules must be available in dive control Emergency procedures must be readily available Diving logs or pre-printed sheets and other relevant documentation must be available 1.5 Dynamic Positioning A .

A recorder (tape or video) must be fitted to record all communications between divers and supervisor. such as batteries.4 2. If the vessel is operating on DP then the primary link must be hard wire and dedicated.8 Testing D 018. If an ROV is in use in conjunction with diving operations then there must be a dedicated hard wire communications link between the diving supervisor and the ROV operator.7 Sound Powered Launch & Recovery Point Other Areas ROV A sound powered phone should be fitted to allow the supervisor to talk to the divers in the bell The diving supervisor must have verbal communications with the winch operator.3 Through Water A means of through water communication must be available to allow the supervisor to talk to the divers inside the bell when it is in the water The surface transducer must be arranged so that noise interference from the vessel’s machinery or thrusters is minimised A procedure for testing this unit can be found in AODC 019 Rev. if relevant. Sheet 6 A .6 2. This may include machinery operators. A A A B A 2. crane drivers etc.2 Divers Two way voice communications with each diver and the standby diver (bellman) must exist. These facilities should be fitted with a back up power source. This should be dedicated and hard wired if he is remote The diving supervisor must have voice communication with other areas. There should be a means of playing back the recording after the dive in order to check satisfactory quality 2.Section 2 – Dive Control Page 2 of 6 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date 2 2. 1 A A 2.5 2.1 Communication Bridge If diving is taking place from a vessel then there must be both primary and secondary means of communication between dive control and the bridge. There must be spare tapes to allow for retention for 24 hours after the dive is over. All communications links must have been examined and function tested in the last 6 months B A A A 2.

Any audio (bell. Sources A 6 6. heliox or other mix.3 Bell Atmosphere A . It must be tested before each dive when operating on DP. the diving supervisor must have a monitor in dive control showing him the same picture as the ROV operator.3 5 5. If diving is being carried out from a vessel operating on DP then an audio/visual alarm activated by the DP operator must be fitted in dive control to inform the supervisor of the DP status.1 Reclaim An audio/visual alarm should be fitted to the control panel to warn the supervisor of reclaim compressor malfunction Sufficient sources of gas. of breathing quality.2 General Alarm A A 4. nitrox. must be available and suitably arranged so that if the on line supply to the diving bell/diver fails. there must be a carbon dioxide analyser with audio/visual high level alarm fitted to the down stream side of the diver gas supply.2 Monitoring Oxygen Reclaim A A 6. klaxon etc) must be capable of being muted or cancelled if it is so noisy or obtrusive that it does not allow the supervisor to hear his other communications A 3.1 Working Areas Alarms DP A A 4. an alternative supply can be immediately switched on line from an alternative source There must be an oxygen analyser with an audio/visual high/low alarm fitted in line on the downstream gas supply to the diver(s) If diver gas reclaim is being used.1 Surveillance ROV If an ROV is in use in conjunction with diving operations. The vessel or installation general alarm must be linked in to dive control (or sited close by) so that the supervisor is aware of it. The adjustment of gas sample flow rate must not affect any other analyser fitted There must be a means by which the diving supervisor can monitor the bell atmosphere for oxygen and carbon dioxide levels B Gas Supplies – NOTE Use of the word ‘gas’ refers to any breathable mixture. whether air.1 6.Section 2 – Dive Control Page 3 of 6 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date 3 3.2 4 4. The diving supervisor must be able to see (directly or by video link) the launch/recovery area and any working areas which are appropriate.

refer to AODC 059) A 7.5msw/2 fsw If the gauge is digital then the display must be large and clear enough to be read in all conditions.Section 2 – Dive Control Page 4 of 6 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date 6. The scale must be appropriate to the duty ie large enough to be read easily and accurately. They must be positioned to show the line pressure of supplies coming in to the panel and also of any supplies leaving the panel. function tested and calibrated within the last 6 months The diving supervisor must have available to him enough suitable gauges so that he is aware of the depth of the diving bell. Sheet 2 Gauges General A A C A 7. They may be used for life support purposes or may only be indicating gauges. A pressure limiting device may be fitted to avoid gauges being over pressurised A 6.2 Depth These are gauges used to provide information for operational and decompression control. It must be clearly marked on the unit whether it reads in feet or metres and it should display the reading to one decimal point. (If further information is required.4 Ambient Atmosphere An oxygen analyser with audio/visual high/low alarm must be sited in dive control to warn the occupants of any rise or fall of oxygen levels outside pre-set parameters due to gas leakage in to the area Analysers must have been examined. If used for the final stages of decompression they must have scale divisions of no more than 0.3 Gas Supply These are gauges that indicate pressure. A system must be in place to ensure that incorrect readings cannot happen in certain valve positions They must meet the requirements for depth gauges above except that they may be much smaller and with larger scale divisions. They are not calibrated as depth gauges. A A .1 Testing D 018. each diver and the supply pressures of each main and backup breathing supply. They should normally operate in the range 25 to 75% of full scale deflection although they will need to operate in the 0 to 25% range if used for decompression.5 7 7.

particularly in panels and at connection points. This is particularly important if one gauge can show the depth of more than one diver. must be easily accessible for maintenance and repair Valves and pipework need to have been visually examined in last six months Valves and pipework need to have had a gas leak test to maximum working pressure in last 2 years.Section 2 – Dive Control Page 5 of 6 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date 7. Sheet 18.2 8. 19 & 20 Pipework and Valves General A 8 8. There must be sufficient self-contained emergency lighting units in dive control to allow the supervisor and any other personnel to operate safely in an emergency Electrical hazard warning signs should be displayed on all relevant panels and equipment to avoid personnel accidentally opening them A 9.3 Hazard Signs B .2 Emergency Lighting A 9.1 Electrics General All electrical equipment must be securely installed with all power leads and wiring secured in such a way that it is protected from accidental damage by personnel moving around.2 Gas pipework.3 Accessibility Testing D 018.5 Calibration D 018.1 & 24.4 Cross-over Valves Great care must be taken if cross-over valves are fitted with the result that any gauge can possibly read more than one thing.1 All valves must be free of corrosion and should operate easily The function of all valves must be clearly marked Valves carrying oxygen at a pressure higher than 15 bar must not be quarter turn. Exhaust pipework must not vent into an enclosed space. All gauges must have been calibrated and/or tested (as relevant) to the required accuracy in the last 6 months A 7. A A A A B A 8. Sheet 23. Cross-over valves should either be fixed in one position (the handles may be removed to avoid accidental changes) or should indicate very clearly which supply they are connected to. In any event any gauge fitted with a cross-over valve must indicate very clearly at all times exactly what it is reading. A 9 9.

1 11.1 & 9. If it is a portable system then it must have had a visual examination and check of fill level within last six months.Section 2 – Dive Control Page 6 of 6 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date 9.1 Visual examination and function test (including comms) in last 6 months.2 Testing D 018.2 12 12. If umbilical supplied from a compressor then the air intake for the compressor must be situated in a pollution free zone A A 10 10.1 Hot Water Temperature Display Alarm Breathing Apparatus Provision A A A A A 12. (Possible overpressure test) A A . Sheet 11 Firefighting Availability The electrical supply to the bell must be fitted with an earth leakage detection system and alarms in line with the requirements of AODC 035 All electrical equipment must have been visually examined and function tested in the last 6 months.1 A 10. working pressure in last 5 years. working pressure in last 2½ years Internal and external visual examination of cylinder plus gas leak test to max. Cables should have continuity and resistance tests Suitable fire fighting arrangements must be made for dive control. A display must be visible to the supervisor in dive control showing the temperature of the hot water being supplied to the bell/diver There must be an audio/visual alarm which indicates if the water temperature moves outside the pre-set limits Emergency breathing apparatus fitted with comms must be available for the supervisor (and winch operator if relevant) so that he may perform his duties in a smoky or polluted atmosphere. Sheet 15 & 16 A 11 11. This may be by means of permanent ship or platform provided equipment or by means of portable extinguishers etc.4 9.5 Safety Testing D 018. Sheet 5.2 Testing D 018. Check made at same time that cylinder is fully charged External visual examination of cylinder plus gas leak test to max. It should be capable of dealing with any type or size of foreseeable fire hazard If this is a fixed system then it must be function tested in the last six months.

.3 1. locks etc. of chambers in dive system No of tables completed for surface chambers Number of this table of Item Description Requirement Need Response Certificate Issue Date Description/serial number of chamber covered by this table 1 1. Where there is more than one chamber. Total no.1 2. Where there is a risk of damage to a viewport from dropped objects or other physical impact.1 Pressure Vessel Design The pressure vessel forming the chamber must have been designed and built to a recognised international standard and be fit for the purpose The chamber must have a specified maximum number of occupants. The table is therefore drawn up as a generic type and will need to be modified to suit the individual layout and equipment of each chamber.2 Viewports Condition Protection Viewports must be free of cracks or scratches that could affect pressure integrity.1 A A A A A A Volume of chamber: 2 2.Section 3 – Surface Compression Chamber Page 1 of 6 IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Surface Compression Chamber There are so many permutations of chamber types that it is impossible to give one table below which will suit all types. This may be accomplished by the installation of plastic covers (or similar) over the view ports. Sheet 25. then suitable protection must be provided. This capacity will be used to establish the number of bunks. It should also identify all interconnecting trunkings and show clearly which chamber the trunkings have been tested. A layout drawing should be attached to this section identifying each compartment of each chamber and the relationship of each of them. Visual examination within last 6 months Thorough internal and external visual inspection plus a gas leak test at full working pressure in last 2½ years Internal overpressure test within last 5 years A 1.4 Volume Testing D 018. examined and certified as part of. It should clearly show all doors (numbered). a table should be completed for each one. BIBS etc which are required It is important that the volume of the chamber is accurately known to allow gas calculations to be carried out.2 Occupancy A Number of occupants: 1.

3 5 5.3 Testing D 018. A first aid kit must be provided to the level specified in the diving contractor’s manuals. It should be capable of dealing with any type or size of foreseeable fire hazard Consideration should be given to the provision of a fire detection system in the chamber area if it is an unmanned area If this is a fixed system then it must be function tested in the last six months.1 4.1 5. Sheet 15 & 16 First Aid Kit Provision Container Validity Chamber (External) Paintwork Insulation C A 4 4. Sheet 25.3 Unmanned areas Testing D 018.1 Firefighting – 6. That is from the date of first being fitted to the chamber. Further information in AODC 030 Overpressure tested to 1.2 3.2 A B A B B .13 below).2 Manufactured in accordance with recognised standard and fit for purpose.2 4. A A A A A A 3 3. Separate arrangements need to be made for inside the chamber (see Suitable fire fighting arrangements must be made for the chamber area.Section 3 – Surface Compression Chamber Page 2 of 6 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date 2. If it is a portable system then it must have had a visual examination and check of fill level within last six months. This may be by means of permanent ship or platform provided equipment or by means of portable extinguishers etc.25 times maximum rated working pressure when new Visual examination in situ in last 6 months Gas leak test as an integral part of the chamber they are fitted to in the last 2½ years Internal overpressure test as an integral part of the chamber they are fitted to in the last 5 years Complete renewal within last 10 years. Availability NOTE This section refers to fire fighting facilities external to the chamber. The kit should be in a suitable protective container clearly marked with a white cross on a green background The kit must have been checked for integrity within the last 6 months with the date the next check is due clearly marked on it Paintwork must be in good condition and free from serious corrosion Insulation (if fitted) should be clean and in good condition A 3.

Visual examination within last 6 months Function test at required relief setting plus gas leak test to maximum working pressure in last 2½ years. All valves must be clearly marked with their function A safety interlock system must be fitted to the clamping mechanism securing the lock outer door. They should be in good condition All chamber doors should be marked clearly with an individual number for identification purposes All hollow penetrators must be fitted with protection valves or other devices to stop catastrophic pressure loss. undamaged and covered lightly in silicone grease.Section 3 – Surface Compression Chamber Page 3 of 6 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date 5.8 Food or Equipment Locks Testing D 018.1 A A B A A 5.4 External Lights A 5. Sheet 24.7 Valves Valves must be free of corrosion and should move freely through their full range of operation.3 Seals Seals on mating faces must be clean. Sheet 24.5 5.3 A relief valve may be fitted to the chamber to allow for venting in the event of over pressurisation.10 Communications There should be two way voice communications between the area of the outside door of any food or equipment lock and life support control B . This interlock must make it impossible to open the clamp if there is still pressure inside the lock and impossible to pressurise the lock if the clamp is not properly closed Examination and function test in last 6 months Gas leak test at maximum working pressure of the system in last 2 years 5.6 Doors Penetrations B A A A A A A 5. All electric penetrators must be certified by a competent person as fit for purpose All penetrators must be clearly marked to show their function A 5.9 Relief Valve Testing D 018. If the sealing area is painted then this must be in good condition Any external light assemblies must be designed and mounted in such a way that they will not damage viewports as a result of prolonged heat. Normally this test is carried out integral with the chamber 5.

11 above) All penetrators must be clearly marked to show their function Valves must be free of corrosion and should move freely through their full range of operation.7 Exhausts Inlets Communication .2 Chamber (Internal) Paint Work Seals Visual examination. pipe work.1 6.6 above) Internal pressure test of all valves.4 Valves 6. If the sealing area is painted then this must be in good condition All hollow penetrators must be fitted with protection valves or other devices to stop catastrophic pressure loss. undamaged and covered lightly in silicone grease. Sheet 6 5. function test plus continuity and insulation tests of all cables and electrical equipment within last 6 months Paintwork should be in good condition and free from serious corrosion Seals on mating faces must be clean.6 6. All valves must be clearly marked with their function Any open ended exhaust pipework must be fitted with guards for finger protection Any gas inlet pipework should be fitted with some form of diffuser There must be two way communications between the divers inside each compartment of the chamber and those outside at the life support control point B A 6.5 times maximum working pressure when first installed Visual examination within the last 6 months Gas leak test at maximum working pressure in last 2 years A B 5.12 Testing D 018. (see also 5. Sheets 24. These can be fitted either externally or internally and are normally in place of the normal hull protection valve at that point (see 5.5 6. Sheet 11 6 6.1 & 24. fittings etc to 1.3 Penetrations A A A A A B A 6.11 ECU Examination and function test in last 6 months If an external environmental control unit with large diameter piping is fitted then it should be fitted with a non return valve for inlet and flow fuse for exhaust at the hull penetration respectively.2 A A A A D 018.Section 3 – Surface Compression Chamber Page 4 of 6 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date Testing D 018.

9 Comfort Visual examination and function test in last 6 months There must be one bunk for each intended occupant.11 Doors All doors must be capable of being opened from either side All doors should be able to be secured in the open position Doors should be fitted with a means of pressure equalisation All chamber doors should be marked clearly with an individual number for identification purposes 6. It must also be sufficient to allow surveillance from outside There should be sufficient lighting to allow the occupant of each bunk to read easily 6.12 Sanitary Facilities Suitable toilet facilities must be available consistent with the length of time the occupants are expected to be in the chamber If a flush type toilet is fitted then it must have sufficient interlocks to stop it being flushed while occupied Washing facilities (including shower) must be provided Testing D 018. Sheet 27 6.Section 3 – Surface Compression Chamber Page 5 of 6 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date A secondary (back up) communication system (such as a sound powered phone) should exist Testing D 018. Sheet 6 6. There must be sufficient internal lighting to allow valves and controls to be operated safely.2 6.8 BIBS Examination and function test in last 6 months In each compartment of the chamber there must be one BIBS connection and mask for each intended occupant plus one spare BIBS should be overboard dump type with exhausts piped outside the chamber Testing D 018.10 Lighting A B A B B B A A A A A . Each bunk should be well designed and firmly supported. Sheet 5. They should also be wide and long enough to allow a normal person to lie in comfort.13 Fire Fighting Visual examination and function test within last 6 months There must be a suitable means fitted to extinguish a fire in the chamber. B A A B A A 6.

All gauges must have been calibrated to the required accuracy in the last 6 months There must be suitable means of controlling the internal environment of the chamber. Typically this will be sited at the discharge point of the ECU Facilities must be available to use one compartment of the chamber system to provide emergency medical treatment to an injured diver while still under pressure. provide heating/cooling and control humidity The gas discharge point of the unit should have a clear passage for discharge A secondary system should also be available for the provision of heating.2 A 6. the removal of CO2 and the control of humidity A B A A Specify type of system: B B A B Testing D 018. fittings etc to 1. pipe work.18 A A A A D 018. Sheet 11 Visual examination. Function test of fixed system in last 6 months A gauge should be provided showing the occupants what their depth is.14 Gauges Calibration D 018.15 ECU Visual examination of portable fire fighting systems plus check of fill level in last 6 months. Sheets 13 6. Sheet 19 6. Sheets 24. This must remove excess CO2.5 times maximum working pressure when first installed Visual examination within the last 6 months Gas leak test at maximum working pressure in last 2 years 6.1 & 24.16 Oxygen Input Visual examination and function test within last 6 months The discharge point for injected oxygen should be situated in such a place that good mixing is ensured. Sheets 15 & 16 6.17 Emergency Medical Treatment Testing D 018.Section 3 – Surface Compression Chamber Page 6 of 6 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date Testing D 018. function test plus continuity and insulation tests of all cables and electrical equipment within last 6 months . DMAC 028 provides further details Internal pressure test of all valves.

1 2.6 Secondary Brake Clutch A A . trolley or similar. The weight in air of the bell. A secondary braking system must also be fitted for use in case the main brake fails If any sort of clutch mechanism is fitted to the winch. This is the maximum weight when fully manned and equipped. it is normally a requirement that the overall handling system is tested as a composite unit.4 Man-Riding Winches Suitability Operating Lever Marking Main Brake A A A A 2. The raise.3 2. Each of these SWLs must be greater to or equal the weight of the fully manned and equipped Diving Bell in air. Only winches deemed suitable for man riding by the manufacturer (or a competent person) must be used The winch raise/lower control must be designed to return to the neutral position when released by the operator.1 General Testing While some components of the handling system can be tested and certified as individual units. The corresponding weight in water when fully submerged must also be recorded The Safe Working Load (SWL) must be clearly marked on every winch and on the A frame. lower and neutral positions of the operating lever must be clearly marked An automatic brake must be fitted which will come on when the operating lever is returned to the neutral position or if there is a loss of power to the winch. this may require a retest of the whole system. If individual components are replaced.2 2.4 Marking Suitability A A 2 2. B 1.2 Weight A Weight in air is ____ kg Weight in water is ____ kg 1.3 1. This is a decision for the competent person. plus any other components to be lifted.5 2. or greater than the load they will have to handle if they do not directly lift the bell. must be entered in the equipment register. there must be a positive means of preventing it becoming disengaged during operation.Section 4 – Bell Launch and Recovery System Page 1 of 8 IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Bell Launch and Recovery System Item Description Requirement Need Response Certificate Issue Date 1 1.

there must be a secondary motor as well The winch drum must be able to accept the full length of wire being used.8 Secondary Power A 2. fingers etc) being drawn in to the machinery. using the same marking system. any air intakes for the supplying compressor must be in a pollution free area.7 Operating Instructions A notice giving the operating instructions for the winch.Section 4 – Bell Launch and Recovery System Page 2 of 8 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date 2.1 Visual examination and function test (including comms if fitted) in last 6 months. this means that there should be a clear space between the outside of the top layer of wire and the edge of the drum flange of at least 2. guards should be fitted to the winch and drum to stop anything (clothing. Unless special guards are in use. In the case of any winch used to lift the diving bell.1 & 9. Such emergency breathing apparatus should preferably be fitted with communications. must be displayed where the winch operator can see it. (Possible overpressure test) A A . This may be by line-out meters or at its simplest by marking the bell wire and umbilical at 10 metre intervals.13 Breathing Apparatus A B A Testing D 018.11 Wire Spooling B 2. Check made at same time that cylinder is fully charged External visual examination of cylinder plus gas leak test to max. In the case of main bell winches this is often by means of a mechanical spooling device There should be a method by which the winch operator can see how much of the main bell lift wire and main bell umbilical have been paid out.5 times the wire diameter Unless access is physically restricted.10 Guarding B 2. working pressure in last 2½ years Internal and external visual examination of cylinder plus gas leak test to max.9 Drum Capacity A 2. working pressure in last 5 years. including the actions necessary if power is lost.12 Line Out B 2. If umbilical supplied. A 2. Sheet 5. The purpose is to stop a large amount of excess umbilical being paid out Emergency breathing apparatus must be available for the winch driver. Arrangements should be made to ensure that the wire being recovered on to any man riding winch is correctly spooled. An independent (secondary) power source must be available in case of failure of the primary power.

3 Lubrication B 3. even if the FOS is still met.2 Main Lift Wires Type Connection The lift wires must be non-rotating The connection of the wire to the bell must be of a suitable type. If it has been laid up for a substantial period then it should have been pressure lubricated before lay up Static test at 1.4 Testing D 018. bringing it on board and mating it to the chamber system. It should have two retaining means (such as castellated nut locked with split pin) for the removable pin Unless the wire is to be renewed every two years.1 A A A B 4 4.1 Visual examination and function test at maximum SWL. at least from the bell back to the maximum depth of immersion in the period.5 times max. SWL in last 6 months Independent static load test on each brake system at 1. it should be pressure lubricated every 6 months.25 times SWL plus function test as an integral part of lifting system at SWL in last 6 months. There must be a secondary means of recovering the diving bell to the surface. Sheet 22. SWL followed by NDT of critical areas in last 12 months A A 3 3.5 times SWL in last 12 months Note When a main bell lift wire is first put in to service it should have had a sample tested to destruction in order to determine the ultimate breaking strain of the rope. The type of wire rope commonly used for main lift wires deteriorates with time.Section 4 – Bell Launch and Recovery System Page 3 of 8 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date 2.25 times max.1 Secondary Recovery Provision A . This should provide a factor of safety (FOS). Visual examination of visible section at same time Cut back rope beyond first sheave and test to destruction to prove safety factor in last 12 months Reterminate and apply static load test at 1. especially if galvanised. A rope should be considered unsafe if the FOS drops below the required level or if it shows a test result of less than 90% of its original value. Independent static load test on each brake system at 1.1 3. normally of 8 times the SWL. Subsequent annual tests to destruction should be compared to the original results.14 Winch Testing D 018. This must be independent of the main recovery system A A 3. Sheet 29.

This secondary point should also be a properly designed pad eye or similar (it may be a second hole in the same pad eye) Visual examination and test at 1. A A 4.1 A A . it must meet the requirements of the main lift wire in 3.1 to 3.2 above) or in water. Where a winch is used for secondary recovery from the water to the deck it should meet all of the man riding requirements given in 2. If it is only used to lift the bell to the water surface after which some other mechanism lifts the bell in air.3 Testing D 018. If the secondary recovery system has another use (for example guide weight deployment) then it must have a certified SWL covering at least the weight required above PLUS its main task.25 times max.2 SWL The secondary recovery system must have a certified SWL which is at least equal to the weight of the fully loaded bell in air (see 1.14 above.1 5. Where a wire rope is used for secondary recovery to the deck. may not require the use of non rotating wire) A 4. SWL followed by NDT of critical areas in last 12 months B B 5. SWL in last 6 months Load test at 1.4 above. then it need not meet the man riding requirements.1 to 2. certain configurations.5 times max. depending on the part of the recovery operation it is intended for. (note. then the system intended for lifting the bell from the water and mating it to the chamber must have been demonstrated to work.4 Man Riding B A 5 5.3 TUP If the secondary recovery system does not involve a winch lifting the bell to its normal mating position.2 Lift Attachment Points Main Secondary The main lift attachment point to the bell should be by means of a properly designed pad eye or similar There should be a secondary attachment point on the diving bell if the main one is damaged. Sheet 22. such as double reeving through a guide weight.Section 4 – Bell Launch and Recovery System Page 4 of 8 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date 4.

4 above If the wire rope(s) is not designated as man riding then it is required only to meet the normal standards for lifting equipment applying at the site B 8 8.1 to 3. it must be load and function tested at 1.1 to 2. for example as a secondary recovery method for the bell.5 times the weight of the bell in water within the last 6 months If the winch is designated as man riding.1 to 4.Section 4 – Bell Launch and Recovery System Page 5 of 8 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date 6 6.14 above If the winch is not designated as man riding then it is required only to meet the normal standards for lifting equipment applying at the site.1 above A 8.1 Main Umbilical General The main bell umbilical should not be designated as a secondary means of recovery for the bell unless both it and its handling system are specifically designed for that function If the umbilical is designated as the secondary recovery method then both it and its handling system must comply with 4.4 above A system should be provided to restrict excessive lateral or rotational movement of the diving bell in the water.1 to 2.3 Wire Rope(s) If the wire rope(s) is designated as man riding. and thereby supports part or all of the weight of the bell in water. then it must meet all the requirements in 2. This will normally take the form of two guide wires stabilised with a weight If the winch(es) is designated as man riding. subject to the test at 8.1 Cross-Haul System General Where a winching system is used to traverse the bell horizontally while in the water. then it must meet all the requirements in 2. then it must meet all the requirements in 3.2 7 7. for example as a secondary recovery method for the bell.1 Secondary Recovery Guide Wires Provision A B 7.2 Winch(es) A B A 7.2 Winch A B .14 above If the winch(es) is not designated as man riding then it is required only to meet the normal standards for lifting equipment applying at the site B 6. for example as a secondary recovery method for the bell.

2 9.Section 4 – Bell Launch and Recovery System Page 6 of 8 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date 8. the bell handling system is powered by hydraulics. subject to the test at 8.1 to 3.1 Hydraulic Unit General Normally.3 Wire Rope If the wire rope is designated as man riding.4 10 10. then the type must be specified Clear operating instructions should be available in dive control covering all aspects of operation of the system A warning (light etc) should be visible to both the diving supervisor and the winch operator if the heave compensation system is in operation Visual examination and function test at maximum SWL as an integral part of the lifting system in the last 6 months A B B A 10. for example as a secondary recovery method for the bell.2 Testing D 018. Sheet 6 A .1 above A B 9 9. There should be no obvious leaks of hydraulic oil Visual examination and function test as an integral part of the handling system within the last 6 months Hydraulic fluid/oil analysed or completely replaced within last 12 months B If a heave compensation system is fitted.1 9.3 9. This should be dedicated and hard wired where they are remote The communications must have been function tested in the last 6 months 11. Sheet 22. then it must meet all the requirements in 3. This system should be well maintained and should not be exposed in such a way that physical damage is likely.1 The diving supervisor must have a means of verbal communication to/from the winch driver.4 above If the wire rope is not designated as man riding then it is required only to meet the normal standards for lifting equipment applying at the site.2 Communication General A A A 11 11. Sheet 22.2 Testing D 018.1 Heave Compensation General Instructions Warning Testing D 018.

Emergency breathing apparatus.1 13. including comms.1 A A A A A 13 13. Check made at same time that cylinder is fully charged External visual examination of cylinder plus gas leak test to max. If umbilical supplied.1 Bell Clamp General A safety interlock system must be fitted to the clamping mechanism securing the bell to the chamber. fittings etc to 1.5 times maximum working pressure when first installed Visual examination and function test within the last 6 months Gas leak test at maximum working pressure in last 2 years A 12. (Possible overpressure test) 13. in last 6 months. pipe work.2 Vessel Emergency General Power Provision must be made in the emergency procedures for recovering the bell to the deck and mating it in the event of a vessel emergency Arrangements must be in place that sufficient power is available for the safe completion of a dive and recovery of the bell to the system if the vessel power fails. working pressure in last 2½ years Internal and external visual examination of cylinder plus gas leak test to max. Visual examination and function test. must be available for the moonpool team. Sheet 5. fitted with communications to dive control. Sheet 24.Section 4 – Bell Launch and Recovery System Page 7 of 8 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date 12 12. This may be by means of permanent ship or platform provided equipment or by means of portable extinguishers etc. This interlock must make it impossible to open the clamp if there is still pressure inside the trunk and impossible to pressurise the trunk if the clamp is not properly closed Internal pressure test of all valves.1 Firefighting Availability Suitable fire fighting arrangements must be made for the handling system area. Any equipment identified as necessary to satisfy this requirement must be able to continue operating in the event of loss of the vessel’s primary power. It should be capable of dealing with any type or size of foreseeable fire hazard A .2 Testing D 018. any air intakes for the supplying compressor must be in a pollution free area.1 A A A 14 14. working pressure in last 5 years.3 Breathing Apparatus A Testing D 018.1 & 9.

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Unmanned areas Testing D 018, Sheet 15 & 16

Consideration should be given to the provision of a fire detection system in any unmanned areas If this is a fixed system then it must be function tested in the last six months. If it is a portable system then it must have had a visual examination and check of fill level within last six months.

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Diving Bell
Item Description Requirement Need Response Certificate Issue Date

1 1.1 1.2

Pressure Vessel Design Testing D 018, Sheet 25.1 The pressure vessel forming the bell must have been designed and built to a recognised international standard and be fit for the purpose Visual examination within last 6 months Thorough internal and external visual inspection plus a gas leak test at full working pressure in last 2½ years Internal overpressure test within last 5 years. NB The competent person may consider wall thickness measurement if insulation has been in place for a number of years. A A A A

2 2.1

Viewports Condition Viewports must be free of cracks or scratches that could affect pressure integrity. Viewports in the lower half should have protective covers both internal and external. Other viewports require external protective covers only. A B A A A A A A

2.2

Testing D 018, Sheet 25.2

Manufactured in accordance with recognised standard and fit for purpose. Further information in AODC 030 Overpressure tested to 1.25 times maximum rated working pressure when new Visual examination in situ in last 6 months Gas leak test as an integral part of the chamber they are fitted to in the last 2½ years Internal overpressure test as an integral part of the chamber they are fitted to in the last 5 years Complete renewal within last 10 years. That is from the date the viewport was first fitted to the bell.

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Access Hatches Design The bell must be designed such that the diver can freely exit and reenter the bell if it is resting on the sea bed. This will normally require a stand-off frame, stage or two stage ballast release Hatches must be capable of being opened from either side Hatches should be able to be secured in the open position Hatches should be fitted with a means of pressure equalisation Seals on mating faces must be clean, undamaged and covered lightly in silicone grease. If the sealing area is painted then this must be in good condition The hatches should be capable of providing a pressure seal against both internal and external pressure In certain circumstances reliance on buoyant ascent of the bell is part of the emergency procedures. This is covered in detail in AODC 061 Although the bell may be fitted with a ballast release system some diving contractors have decided not to use them in an emergency. If this is the case then this decision must be clearly recorded in the appropriate documents and made known to all on the work site. The emergency procedures must also clearly identify the alternative method chosen. (Typically a second diving bell) The ballast weights must be secured such that they cannot accidentally come off. In such a case no testing or compliance with the remainder of 4.2 is required. Where ballast weights are fitted and designated for use in an emergency they must meet the following criteria Must be capable of release from inside the bell and the release mechanism must be protected against accidental release Two independent actions must be needed to release the weights The weights must not be capable of being shed accidentally, for example if the bell is inadvertently tilted A A

3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5

Opening Securing Equalisation Seals

A B B A

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Sealing

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Ballast Release System General Non Use

4.3

Criteria

A A A A

All electric penetrators must be certified by a competent person as fit for purpose All penetrators must be clearly marked to show their function A A A A A A A 6 6.1 6.5 Bell External Identification Anodes Paint Work Insulation Penetrations A B B B A A A . then it must have undergone a stability test to ensure it floats upright in sea water.Section 5 – Diving Bell Page 3 of 10 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date If the system utilises only one weight then there must be no single component whose failure could cause the weight to become detached. Sheet 30 Visual examination and function test of all mechanisms within last 6 months Overload test to 1.5 times the static load of the ballast in air plus NDT of critical items in last 12 months Dry function test of all components and release mechanisms in last 12 months Test of bell positive buoyancy when loaded as if fully manned and equipped in its present configuration in last 12 months 5 5.4 6. A name plate must be clearly visible on the outside of the bell giving the manufacturing details and identification number of the pressure vessel If external anodes are fitted they should be in reasonable condition and not painted over Paintwork should be in good condition and free from serious corrosion Insulation (if fitted) should be clean and in good condition All hollow penetrators must be fitted with protection valves or other devices to stop catastrophic pressure loss.4 Testing D 018.2 6.3 6. This requirement does not apply if there are two or more weights operating independently If the release mechanism utilises hydraulic or pneumatic power then a means must be in place to ensure that the system cannot operate accidentally due to changes of pressure either inside or outside the bell 4.1 Buoyancy and Stability General If the bell uses releasable weights and buoyant ascent as one of the means of emergency recovery.

10 6.6 Valves Valves must be free of corrosion and should move freely through their full range of operation.5 Khz must be fitted to the bell to aid in location in an emergency A means of testing and interrogating this transponder must be readily available on the surface at the dive site Testing 6.12 Onboard Gas There must be an emergency supply of breathing gas carried on board sufficient to support one diver outside the bell for a minimum of 30 minutes at a breathing rate of 40 litres/minute at the maximum depth of the diving operation .9 Tapping Code Lift Attachment Point Secondary A copy of the AODC/IMCA bell tapping code must be mounted on the outside of the bell in a clearly visible position The main lift attachment point to the bell should be by means of a properly designed pad eye or similar There should be a secondary attachment point on the diving bell if the main one is damaged. This secondary point should also be a properly designed pad eye or similar (it may be a second hole in the same pad eye) This is covered in detail in Section 4 and is normally included in the handling system tests A strobe light with a minimum operating duration of 24 hours must be fitted to the bell to assist in location in an emergency In line with AODC 019 Rev 1 a transponder operating on 37.7 Emergency Manifold C C A B B 6.Section 5 – Diving Bell Page 4 of 10 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date 6. This should provide two connections as laid down by IMO ¾” NPT (Female) for hot water ½” NPT (Female) for breathing gas It is desirable to paint the manifold and/or the surrounding area with a bright colour which makes it readily identifiable A communications connection might also be available A A A 6.8 6.11 Strobe Light Transponder A A A A 6. All valves must be clearly marked with their function A manifold should be provided on the bell for connection of basic supplies in an emergency.

a safety interlock system must be fitted to the clamping mechanism securing the lock outer door.13 Food Lock If a food lock is fitted.1 A A A A A A .Section 5 – Diving Bell Page 5 of 10 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date Sufficient oxygen must be available for metabolic consumption by the maximum number of divers at 0. More detailed advice is given in IMCA D 002 Periodic examination and testing of the cells by a competent person should be included in the planned maintenance system A A A B A A A A Testing D 018.5 litres/minute per diver for at least 24 hours at the end of a bell run The pressure of the oxygen must be reduced before it enters the bell interior All cylinders must be colour coded and marked with the name and chemical symbol of their contents in line with AODC 016 Rev 1 The last test date stamp on each cylinder should be painted over with a small patch of distinctive coloured paint to aid location Testing D 018.5 times maximum working pressure within last 4 years 6.15 External Battery Pack If fitted. This interlock must make it impossible to open the clamp if there is still pressure inside the lock and impossible to pressurise the lock if the clamp is not properly closed Visual examination and function test in last 6 months Gas leak test at maximum working pressure of the system in last 2 years 6. These lights must be wired in such a way that failure of one does not extinguish the others 6. an external battery pack must have the battery terminals and leads insulated to protect against short circuits. Sheet 24. Sheet 10 External visual examination of the cylinders within last 6 months Thorough internal and external visual examination plus gas leak test to maximum working pressure within last 2 years Hydraulic overpressure test to 1.14 External Lights External lights must be provided which illuminate the bell over 360 degrees.

17 Testing D 018.5 times maximum working pressure when first installed Visual examination within the last 6 months Gas leak test at maximum working pressure in last 2 years D 018. function test plus continuity and insulation tests of all cables and electrical equipment within last 6 months A A A A A A A A A A A . pipe work.1 Bell Internal Volume The bell must be specified and outfitted for either two or three man bell runs Visual examination. The umbilical must however be capable of quick release by the bellman once he is out of the bell in an emergency If it is planned to undertake two man bell runs using a bellman’s umbilical stowed outside the bell then the end of the umbilical must be arranged in such a way as to allow the bellman to attach his mask or helmet and test it before the working diver exits the bell 6. Sheets 24. fittings etc to 1.16 Bellman’s Umbilical If the umbilical for the bellman is stored on the outside of the bell then there must be adequate and properly designed umbilical stowage points to allow it to be tied back to avoid damage during launch and recovery of the bell.4 Visual examination of relief means in last 6 months B A A Gas leak test at maximum working pressure in last 2½ years Function test at required relief setting in last 2½ years for a relief valve Complete renewal in last 10 years for a bursting disc 6. Sheet 11 7 7.1 & 24. Testing D 018.2 Internal pressure test of all valves.Section 5 – Diving Bell Page 6 of 10 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date As a general rule. Sheets 24. shunt diode protection should be provided to avoid polarity reversal under discharge conditions The battery housing must be fitted with an appropriate relief mechanism such as a bursting disc or relief valve to protect against over pressurisation.3 & 24.

4 Valves Valves must be free of corrosion and should move freely through their full range of operation. All valves must be clearly marked with their function 7.0 m3 (105 cu ft) 3 man bell – 4.7 Exhausts Inlets Internal Lighting Any open ended exhaust pipework must be fitted with guards for finger protection Any gas inlet pipework should be fitted with some form of diffuser Sufficient lighting must be provided to allow ease of reading depth gauge. All penetrators must be clearly marked to show their function 7.6 7. This may be battery powered 7. There must be a means of isolating the bell heater from the divers hot water supply B B A A A A A B A A A A A Bell Heater A . whether one umbilical is carried outside etc.5 7. although this is very dependant on the configuration. gas control panel and any other instruments Secondary (back up) lighting must be provided.2 7.8 Depth Gauges Testing D 018. NB this requirement only applies to areas of the world where the ambient water temperature at the diving depth requires the diver to be heated.5 m3 (160 cu ft) 7. Sheets 18 & 19 7.Section 5 – Diving Bell Page 7 of 10 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date The bell should have the following minimum volume.9 Heating Gauges must be provided to let the divers know both the internal and external depth of the bell Visual examination and calibration or check as relevant to their function within the last 6 months A means must be available for warming both the diver(s) in the water and the inside of the bell.3 Paintwork Penetrations Paintwork should be in good condition and free from serious corrosion All hollow penetrators must be fitted with protection valves or other devices to stop catastrophic pressure loss. This will normally be by hot water from the surface and there should be a means inside the bell of monitoring the hot water supply temperature. 2 man bell – 3.

which can be from on board bottles or from the surface. provided it is protected if the working divers line fails An oral. This supply must be independent of the primary gas supply to the diver(s) in the water. checked and repacked in last 12 months There must be a means by which the divers in the bell can analyse the atmosphere for O2 and CO2 independent of the surface Examination.13 CO2 Removal Breathing Gas Supplies A A A A A A A B A A A . to maintain the divers body temperature and reduce CO2 for a minimum period of 24 hours in an emergency. Visual examination in last 6 months for damage or water ingress plus condition of passive scrubber charge Packs unpacked. confirm in date and recalibrate if relevant within last 6 months There must be a powered scrubber unit to provide primary CO2 removal from the atmosphere Each diver’s gas supply must be arranged so that if one line fails then this does not interfere with another divers gas supply Gas supplies must be arranged so that blowing down or flushing the bell does not interfere with the gas supply of any diver outside the bell If gas reclaim is fitted. The bellman must also have a secondary supply but this supply may be common with the working divers primary supply. Sheet 33 7. sufficient to allow him to exit the bell and recover an injured diver. nasal or full face BIBS mask must be supplied for each occupant of the bell. independent of surface supplies. the water trap must be readily accessible to the bellman There must be a primary gas supply for the bellman. NB the heating requirement only applies to areas of the world where the ambient water temperature at the diving depth requires the divers to be heated. The CO2 reduction requirement will apply in all circumstances.12 7. Sheet 1 & 2 7.11 Gas Monitoring Testing D 018. function test.10 Survival Equipment If diving at depths below 150 msw there must be a means of heating the divers inspired gas There should be a means provided. This will normally be by means of survival bags and emergency scrubbers. This should be capable of providing breathing gas either from the surface or from the on board cylinders A B Testing D 018.Section 5 – Diving Bell Page 8 of 10 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date Gas Heating 7.

This should have a restraining harness fitted and available for use A B A A 7.15 Cylinder Pressure Testing D 018. B A A A B A A 7. This will normally be a self locking pulley which can be attached to the diver’s harness (pelvic lift type) A partial flooding system should be fitted to allow the bell to be part filled in order to assist the re-entry into the bell of an injured diver.14 Oxygen The externally carried oxygen supply must be fitted with a means whereby it is regulated to a low pressure before it enters the bell.17 Diver Recovery B 7. Sheet 20 A means should be available to allow the gas cylinder pressures to be read from both inside and outside the bell. A A 7. A guard will need to be fitted to the pipe end if relevant. Sheet 6 7.19 Seats .18 First Aid Kit Container Validity A first aid kit must be provided to the level specified in the diving contractor’s manuals. HP oxygen must not be available inside the bell. A means of through water communications must be available to allow the supervisor to talk to the divers inside the bell when it is in the water A sound powered phone should be fitted to allow the supervisor to talk to the divers in the bell All communications links must have been examined and function tested in the last 6 months A method must be available whereby the bellman can recover an unconscious diver in to the bell.Section 5 – Diving Bell Page 9 of 10 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date 7.16 Communications Through Water Sound Powered Testing D 018. Visual examination and function test within last 6 months Two way voice communications between the supervisor and each diver including the standby diver (bellman) must exist. The oxygen coming in to the bell must be fitted with a system which limits either the rate of flow or the volume which can enter in order to minimise the risk of excess O2 building up in the bell. The kit should be in a suitable protective container clearly marked with a white cross on a green background The kit must have been checked for integrity within the last 6 months with the date the next check is due clearly marked on it There must be a seat provided in the bell for the bellman.

pipe work.21 7.Section 5 – Diving Bell Page 10 of 10 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date There must also be a means of restraining each diver during ascent and descent in order to minimise the risk of injury 7.2 Internal pressure test of all valves. function test plus continuity and insulation tests of all cables and electrical equipment within last 6 months A A A A A A A A A .5 times maximum working pressure when first installed Visual examination within the last 6 months Gas leak test at maximum working pressure in last 2 years D 018. This should duplicate the list kept in dive control 7. fittings etc to 1.1 & 24.20 7.22 Divers Umbilicals Tapping Code Emergency Procedures There must be adequate storage inside the bell to accommodate the maximum length and number of umbilicals that it is intended to use A copy of the AODC/IMCA emergency tapping code must be easily accessible to the bell occupants A copy of the relevant parts of the emergency procedures (preferably plasticised) must be available inside the bell.23 Testing D 018. Sheets 24. A list of valve positions to be adopted in an emergency must be available in the bell. Sheet 11 Visual examination.

. The use of radios for any of these communication links is not acceptable. This may include compressor areas.2 2.4 Environment A 1. Chambers A B A A A C 2.4 2. and must not be exposed to extremes of noise or other environmental problems.1 Access A Communication – NOTE All communications referred to below are hard wired.Section 6 – Life Support Control Page 1 of 6 IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Life Support Control Item Description Requirement Need Response Certificate Issue Date 1 1.5 2 2.3 Lighting A 1.3 2. gas room etc. This will also mean they must be kept suitably warm (or cool). This must include all relevant emergency procedures There must be a full set of the required log books or sheets available in the control area to allow the recording of all necessary parameters and other required information The control area must be well lighted such that the life support personnel are able to read any instruments easily and to carry out their duties without difficulty The life support personnel must be protected from weather and other elements (including dropped objects) which may affect their ability to perform safely. A secondary system should be provided as a back up to the above system A 1. The life support personnel must have good access to all controls and should be able to read all gauges and instruments easily There must be two way voice communications between life support control and any personnel inside each compartment of the chambers.1 General Procedures There must be a full set of all the contractor’s relevant saturation and life support procedures and manuals available in the control area.5 Dive Control Food Locks Hyperbaric Evacuation System Others There must be two way communications between life support control and dive control Two way voice communications must exist between life support control and the exterior of each food lock on the chamber system There must be two way voice communications between life support control and the launch location of the hyperbaric evacuation system Life support personnel may have voice communication with other relevant areas.2 Logs A 1.

2 Depth These are gauges used to provide information for operational and decompression control. The scale must be appropriate to the duty ie large enough to be read easily and accurately.3 Gas Supply These are gauges which indicate pressure but are not directly used for life support.1 Testing D 018. Sheet 6 Gauges General All communications links must have been examined and function tested in the last 6 months Life support personnel must have available to them enough suitable gauges so that they are aware of the depth of each compartment of the chamber system and of the supply pressures of each main and back up breathing supply. They must be positioned to show the line pressure of supplies coming in to the panel and also of any supplies leaving the panel. (If further information is required. A pressure limiting device may be fitted to avoid gauges being over pressurised A A C A 3. It must be clearly marked on the unit whether it reads in feet or metres and it should display the reading to one decimal point. They should normally operate in the range 25 to 75% of full scale deflection although obviously they must operate in the 0 to 25% range during decompression. They are not calibrated as depth gauges. They must also be positioned in such a way that they cannot show an incorrect pressure due to the operation of any cross-over valves They must meet the requirements for depth gauges above except that they may be much smaller and with larger scale divisions.6 3 3.5msw/2 fsw If the gauge is digital then the display must be large and clear enough to be read in all conditions. A . Gauges used during the final stages of decompression must have scale divisions of no more than 0. refer to AODC 059) There must be at least one dedicated gauge displaying the depth of each compartment at all times A A A 3.Section 6 – Life Support Control Page 2 of 6 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date 2.

A A 5 5.1 & 24. Sheets 18-20 Pipework and Valves General A A A A A B A 4.3 Emergency Lighting Hazard Signs A B . This is particularly the case if a depth gauge can read the depth of more than one compartment. In any event any gauge fitted with a cross-over valve must indicate very clearly at all times exactly what it is reading All gauges must have been calibrated or tested as relevant to the required accuracy in the last 6 months All valves must be free of corrosion and should operate easily The function of all valves must be clearly marked Valves carrying oxygen at a pressure higher than 15 bar must not be quarter turn. pipe work. Sheet 23.2 4. Cross-over valves should either be fixed in one position (the handles may be removed to avoid accidental changes) or should indicate very clearly what supply they are connected to.4 Cross-over Valves Great care must be taken if cross-over valves are fitted with the result that any gauge can possibly read more than one thing.5 4 4. A 3.3 Accessibility Testing D 018.1 Electrics General All electrical equipment must be securely installed with all power leads and wiring secured in such a way that it is protected from accidental damage by personnel moving around. particularly in panels and at connection points. should be easily accessible for maintenance and repair Internal pressure test of all valves.Section 6 – Life Support Control Page 3 of 6 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date 3.5 times maximum working pressure when first installed Valves and pipework need to have been visually examined in the last six months Valves and pipework need to have had a gas leak test to maximum working pressure in the last 2 years.2 5. There must be sufficient self contained emergency lighting units in life support control to allow personnel to operate safely in an emergency Electrical hazard warning signs should be displayed on all relevant panels and equipment to avoid personnel accidentally opening them A 5.1 Calibration D 018. Exhaust pipework must not vent in to an enclosed space. fittings etc to 1.2 Gas pipework.

Sheet 11 Firefighting Availability All electrical equipment must have been visually examined and function tested in the last 6 months.1 A A B A A A 8.1 & 9.3 8 8.Section 6 – Life Support Control Page 4 of 6 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date 5. Sheet 15 & 16 First Aid Provision Examination Marking Breathing Apparatus Provision C A 7 7. This may be by means of permanent ship or platform provided equipment or by means of portable extinguishers etc.1 Visual examination and function test (including comms) in last 6 months.1 7.2 Testing D 018. including the control area. It must be capable of dealing with any type or size of foreseeable fire hazard Consideration should be given to the provision of a fire detection system in any unmanned areas If this is a fixed system then it must be function tested in the last six months. Sheet 5. If umbilical supplied from a compressor then the air intake for the compressor must be situated in a pollution free zone A 6 6.3 Unmanned areas Testing D 018. If it is a portable system then it must have had a visual examination and check of fill level within last six months. working pressure in last 2½ years A . Check made at same time that cylinder is fully charged External visual examination of cylinder plus gas leak test to max.2 7.1 A 6. Cables should have continuity and resistance tests Suitable fire fighting arrangements must be made for all areas critical for life support.4 Testing D 018. This must have been checked within the last six months for completeness and expiry dates The kit should be in a suitable protective container clearly marked with a white cross on a green background Emergency breathing apparatus fitted with comms must be available for the life support personnel so that they may perform their duties in a smoky or polluted atmosphere.2 6. First aid equipment to the standard required by the diving contractors manuals must be provided.

In the case of some parameters this requires both primary and secondary (back up) capabilities. The parameters to be monitored are: Oxygen – Primary analysis A A 9. function tested and calibrated within the last 6 months Alarms must have been function tested within the last 6 months 11 11.2 Working Areas C 10 10. Any audio (bell. (Possible overpressure test) 9 9.Section 6 – Life Support Control Page 5 of 6 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date Internal and external visual examination of cylinder plus gas leak test to max. The vessel/installation general alarm system must be linked in to life support control. If this is not possible through easily accessible view ports or if life support control is remote from the chambers then a TV system must be provided.2 Oxygen Level An oxygen analyser with audio/visual high/low alarm must be sited in any enclosed life support control to warn the occupants of any rise or fall of oxygen levels outside pre-set parameters due to gas leakage in to the area If any gas storage compartment O2 high/low alarm is not repeated outside the compartment then a repeater alarm should be fitted in life support control Analysers must have been examined.3 Gas Storage B 10. or sited close by so that it can be clearly heard by the life support personnel. working pressure in last 5 years. Sheet 2 A A A A . Consideration may be given to providing TV monitoring in life support control of relevant areas such as food locks or any working areas which are appropriate.1 Alarms General Alarm A B B 10.4 Testing D 018. klaxon etc) should be capable of being muted or cancelled if it is so noisy or obtrusive that it does not allow the life support personnel to hear their other communications 10.1 Monitoring General There must be a means of monitoring the various environmental parameters inside each compartment of the chamber system.1 Surveillance Divers The life support personnel must be able to have sight of the divers inside each compartment of the chamber system.

of breathing quality. suitably arranged so that if the on line supply fails.3 Therapeutic Gas A system must exist where therapeutic gas can be supplied to each diver in the chamber complex by means of BIBS masks. heliox or any other mixture. Sheet 2 Sources Analysers must be examined. It must also be possible to change the mix of gas being supplied without difficulty B A B A A A Gas Supplies – NOTE In this section. This supply must provide sufficient gas.Section 6 – Life Support Control Page 6 of 6 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date Oxygen – Secondary analysis Carbon Dioxide – Primary analysis Carbon Dioxide – Secondary analysis Temperature Humidity 11.2 12 12.2 Oxygen Make-Up If O2 make-up is an automatic system then there must be a system in place which ensures that the system cannot fail on the ‘on’ position and flood the chamber with O2 If the O2 make-up system is manual then there must be a flow indicator in life support control on the downstream side of the chamber O2 makeup line to indicate that O2 is flowing in to the chamber 12. function tested and calibrated within the last 6 months There must be a primary gas supply to each compartment in the chamber complex. ‘gas’ refers to any mixture intended for breathing. whether air. A A A A A A . nitrox. an alternative supply can be immediately switched on There must be a suitable secondary gas supply to each compartment in the chamber complex in order to provide an alternative supply if the primary supply fails Both primary and secondary gas supplies must be separate from the supply to both the bell and the diver in the water.1 Testing D 018. The supplies must be arranged such that if one line fails then this does not interfere with the supply to other lines 12.

1 Handling Fitting Attachment A A A 3 3. Sheet 28 A A A A 5 Spare If a spare umbilical is carried offshore then it must be: Tested and certified as in 4 above A .Section 7 – Main Bell Umbilical Page 1 of 2 IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Main Bell Umbilical Item Description Requirement Need Response Certificate Issue Date 1 1. It must also contain a sufficient number and diameter of hoses and cables to provide all supplies safely at the maximum depth to which it will be used.1 General Suitability The umbilical must be suitable for the intended use. The deployment system must be able to handle the umbilical in such a way that it is not exposed to damage The umbilical must be securely attached to the bell by means of a strength member or strain relief fitting so that neither the individual components or any bell penetrations are subject to load The leads of the hoses and cables at the bell end must be arranged to avoid chafing or kinking A 1.2 Testing Electrical components D 018. hydro test to 1. working pressure in last 2 years B 4 4.2 2 2. This means it must be robust and able to be handled by the intended deployment system. Sheet 11 Hose Components D 018. Visual examination. in neutral or at rest.1 4.1 Umbilical Winch Braking System If an umbilical winch is used then it should be fitted with a mechanical braking system to stop the umbilical paying out under load when the winch motor is in use (over running). function test. working pressure or as recommended Visual examination and function test in last 6 months Pressure leak test to max. continuity and resistance testing carried out in last 6 months When new or first installed.5 times max.

normally as per the B A A Pressure leak tested (and flushed through if necessary) before use The umbilical must only be used as a means of secondary recovery if it is specifically designed for that purpose. it must be tested in line with the requirements in the handling system section .Section 7 – Main Bell Umbilical Page 2 of 2 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date Stored offshore in suitable manufacturer’s instructions 6 Secondary Recovery conditions. If so.

2 4 4. This must be able to function for as long as it takes to recover the diver(s) to safety A A The equipment used to generate and supply the hot water to the diver must be suitable for the purpose A 3 3.1 3.2 4.Section 8 – Diver Heating System Page 1 of 3 IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Diver Heating System It is self evident that this section will only apply to a diving system that uses hot water for diver heating.2 General Suitability Redundancy Requirement There must be two alternative and independent sources for supplying heat to the diver If electricity is required to generate heating or pump it to the diver then there must be a back-up system in the event of primary failure (such as the vessel losing main power).3 Spill Tray Fuel Supply They must be fitted with a spill tray which drains off to a safe area (to reduce risk of fire or pollution) Where possible the fuel supply should be hard piped The local tank filler should be fitted with a dead-mans handle or automatic shut off valve which closes when the tank is full A B B .1 2 2. Item Description Requirement Need Response Certificate Issue Date 1 1.1 Temperature Monitoring Alarm Oil-Fired Heaters Location Oil fired heaters must be located such that they present no risk to the dive system in the event of fire Their position must also present no risk in terms of pollution or contamination of air supply intakes to the vessel or any breathing air compressors A A The diving supervisor must have a display showing the temperature of the water being supplied to the diver A Hi-Lo temperature alarm (audible and visible) must be fitted to alert the diving supervisor if pre-set upper and lower limits are exceeded A A 4.

3 6 6.5 times maximum working pressure when first installed Visual examination in last 6 months Gas (or fluid) leak test at maximum working pressure in last 2 years A A A A A A A 6.5 Gauges D 018. it must be easy to access and large enough to be sufficient If any hot water machines are situated in enclosed and unmanned areas then consideration should be given to fitting a fire detection system Examination and test of fire fighting equipment as appropriate in last 6 months Visual examination and function test in last 6 months A A A 5.4 6. This may be the normal ships or platforms equipment or dedicated equipment. The type must be suitable. Sheet 9.3 6.2 Visual examination and function test of any indicating gauges in last 6 months Visual examination. Sheet 21 Pipe work D 018. continuity and resistance tests of all electrics in last 6 months External visual examination in last 6 months Internal and external examination plus gas (or fluid) leak test to maximum working pressure in last 15 months .Section 8 – Diver Heating System Page 2 of 3 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date The local tank must be fitted with an overflow system with a capacity greater than the filling supply system (ie capable of allowing a rate of overflow greater than the filling rate) The overflow system must dump to a safe area 5 5.1 Firefighting Provision All hot water machines need to have suitable provision of fire fighting equipment in their vicinity.2 Pressure test to 1.1 A A 6. Sheet 24.1 Testing D 018. Sheet 11 Pressure Vessels D 018. function test. Sheet 15 & 16 Testing Function Test of Hot Water System D 018.2 Fire Detection C 5. Sheet 20 Electrical D 018.

Section 8 – Diver Heating System Page 3 of 3 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date Internal and external examination plus over pressure test to 1.5 times maximum working pressure plus gas (or fluid) leak test to maximum working pressure in last 5 years A .

working pressure or as recommended A A .Section 9 – Divers’ Umbilicals Page 1 of 2 IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Divers’ Umbilicals This section applies to excursion umbilicals used with a bell. The bellman’s umbilical should be at least 2 metres (6 feet) longer than the working diver(s) umbilical. A B 1.2 General Construction Stowage The umbilical(s) must be suitable for the tasks intended.2 Testing Electrical components D 018. the bellman’s umbilical and the surface diving umbilical for the surface standby/safety diver but does not apply to the bell main umbilical. They must be robust and made up from components designed for use in an umbilical. function test. Sheet 11 Hose Components D 018.4 Security A 2 2.1 3. Adequate umbilical stowage should be provided for the surface standby diver’s umbilical. Sheet 28 Visual examination. hydro test to 1.3 Marking A 1.1 1. This maximum length must be clearly identified for each diving operation and arrangements should preferably be made to ensure that this is the maximum length of umbilical which can be paid out. Item Description Requirement Need Response Certificate Issue Date 1 1.1 Length Record of Length A B 3 3. This should allow the umbilical to be coiled up away from risk of damage and such that minimum bend radius of components is not compromised Umbilicals must be marked for length at least every 10 metres using a recognised system which allows easy visual identification of the length paid out The divers end of the umbilical must be fitted with a means which allows it to be securely fastened to the diver’s safety harness without putting any strain on the individual whip ends The length of the diver’s umbilical which it is permissible to pay out will normally be dictated by some outside factor such as the bail-out endurance (depending on depth/distance) or the distance to the nearest thruster on a DP vessel. continuity and resistance testing carried out in last 6 months When new or first installed.5 times max. which has its own separate section.

working pressure in last 2 years A A .Section 9 – Divers’ Umbilicals Page 2 of 2 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date Visual examination and function test in last 6 months Pressure leak test to max.

bail-out bottles and other parts of the diver’s emergency breathing supply. Sheet 10 External and internal visual examination in last 6 months . Visual examination and function test at atmospheric pressure in last 6 months Every diver (other than the bellman) must be provided with a reserve supply of breathing gas carried in a bail-out cylinder or similar The cylinder(s) must have sufficient endurance to allow the diver to return to the bell in an emergency.1 1.4 Testing D 018.3 1. It does not cover other items such as suits.2 Testing D 018. This maintenance must also include any neck dam. which should meet normal standards for personal protective equipment. Sheet 5.6 2 2.3 Bail-Out Cylinders Provision Endurance A A A 2.3 Marking A B A 2. Item Description Requirement Need Response Certificate Issue Date 1 1. The last hydraulic test date stamp should be highlighted with a small patch of distinctive colour paint B A A B A 1.2 1. gloves etc.5 Helmets (or Masks) Marking Condition Type Safety Maintenance Each helmet (or mask) should be indelibly marked with a unique serial number All helmets (or masks) must be in good condition with no obvious defects The helmet (or mask) must be of a type which is suitable for the intended diving operation Helmets should be fitted with a means to stop them becoming detached from their clamp while in use Each helmet (or mask) must be subject to regular planned maintenance and a record of such maintenance should be available. harnesses.4 1. This will normally mean that a calculation should be available showing that the capacity of the cylinder(s) at the depth of diving will allow breathing gas for 1 minute for every 10 metres horizontal excursion Each cylinder must be correctly colour coded and marked with the name of the contents.1 2.Section 10– Divers’ Personal Equipment Page 1 of 2 IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Divers’ Personal Equipment This section covers diver’s helmets (or masks).

This is particularly important for the first stage regulator. This section covers the connections between these items and other parts of the divers emergency breathing system.1 A A Whips and Connectors – NOTE The above two sections cover the mask/helmet and the bail-out cylinder.2 3. gauges etc must be of a suitable type and pressure rating for the purpose. gauges.3 Condition Type A A 3. All items forming part of the diver’s emergency gas supply system must be subject to regular inspection and maintenance.5 times maximum working pressure in last 4 years 3 3. must be provided to allow the bail-out cylinder to supply emergency breathing gas to the diver’s mask/helmet if needed All whips.4 Maintenance A 3. must be in good condition with no obvious defects All hoses.5 Testing D 018. Sheet 28 A A . fittings. Visual examination and function testing at full working pressure in the last six months Pressure leak test to maximum rated working pressure in last two years A 3. care should be taken to ensure that items of lower pressure rating than required are not used. whips. fittings etc. Records of such maintenance should be available. In particular.Section 10– Divers’ Personal Equipment Page 2 of 2 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date External and internal visual examination plus gas leak test to maximum working pressure in last 2 years Hydraulic overpressure test to 1. hoses. fittings etc. Provision Suitable connections.

both for routine maintenance and in an emergency Each compressor must be suitable for the purpose it will be used for. The intakes of all air compressors must be sited in an area where they are not exposed to any pollution – particularly exhaust fumes. there should be warning signs stating that a compressor may start or blow down automatically and care should be taken Any compressor or pump intended for pumping oxygen or any gas mixture containing more than 25% oxygen must be designed for that purpose A detailed list should be available of each compressor or pump forming part of the diving system.Section 11 – Compressors and Pumps Page 1 of 3 IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Compressors and Pumps Item Description Requirement Need Response Certificate Issue Date 1.2 1.3 Maintenance Planned Maintenance Records Filters A A A B . The date of the last inspection of each filter should be clearly visible on it along with the date when its next service is due.2 2.1 2. This should specify the make.6 Access Suitability Instructions Signs Oxygen Service The compressor must be easily accessible to diving personnel. 1. This means that any personnel working on the compressor must not be exposed to any hazard while doing so. A A A A A A C B A 1.4 1.7 Listing B 2 2.1 Location All compressors must be located in a suitable area. Similarly the compressor itself must be protected from obvious physical damage. Detailed operating instructions for each compressor must be available Where possible these should be visible beside each compressor If appropriate.3 1.5 1. type and model as well as the intended use of each Each compressor must have a detailed planned maintenance schedule showing what work has to be done at which intervals Detailed records must be kept of all maintenance activities All filters must be checked at regular intervals and either cleaned or replaced.

1 Solenoid switches may be fitted to automatically stop the compressor if it overheats. Sheet 24. Pressure test to 1.an air/gas receiver) if it could be over pressured Visual examination in last 6 months Function test at required relief setting followed by gas leak test at maximum working pressure in last 2½ years C 4. The type must be suitable. valves.1 All pipe work (rigid or flexible) .3 B A A 5 5.2 3. An alarm for this may be fitted in dive control and/or chamber control.2 Pipework Suitability Testing D 018.Section 11 – Compressors and Pumps Page 2 of 3 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date 3 3.2 Cracked Plate Detector Relief Valves Testing D 018.3 Fire Detection Testing D 018.5 times maximum working pressure when first installed Visual examination in last 6 months Gas leak test at maximum working pressure in last 2 years A A A A . it must be easy to access and large enough to be sufficient If any compressors are situated in enclosed and unmanned areas then consideration should be given to fitting a fire detection system Examination and test of fire fighting equipment as appropriate in last 6 months A 3. Sheets 15 & 16 Safety Devices Solenoid Switches B A 4 4.1 Firefighting Provision All compressors need to have suitable provision of fire fighting equipment in their vicinity. Sheet 24. properly installed and protected from damage. This may be the normal ships or platforms equipment or dedicated equipment. A diaphragm type compressor must be fitted with a cracked plate detector which will automatically stop the compressor in the event of failure A relief valve should be fitted to any pressure container (eg.3 A 4.1 5. fittings etc must be suitable for the purpose.

2 Testing D 018.1 Air/Gas Receivers Suitability All air/gas receivers must have been manufactured to a recognised international code or standard and be fit for the purpose they will be used for. It is not possible to be specific about the requirements as the systems vary so much. Sheet 11 Operational Testing General D 018.1 8. Visual examination in last 6 months Internal and external inspection OR Internal overpressure test plus (in both cases) gas leak test to full working pressure in last 2½ years A 6. Sheet 7 Output D 018. Sheet 26 A A 7 7. pressure vessels. pipework etc. Sheet 7 General Visual examination and function test of compressor in last 6 months Check of delivery rate and pressure in last 6 months Check of output purity in last 6 months A A A All electrical supplies must be properly connected using suitable equipment Visual examination.2 8.1 Electrics Integrity Testing D 018. refrigeration units.2 Testing D 018. Sheets 13 & 14 A .2 8 8. In addition however there must have been a function test in the last 6 months A 9.Section 11 – Compressors and Pumps Page 3 of 3 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date 6 6.3 9 9. Sheet 7 Purity D 018.1 7. The individual components and the overall system however must comply with the requirements of parts 1 to 8 of this section Testing of the individual components and the overall system should be included in parts 1 to 8 of this section. function test plus continuity and resistance tests in last 6 months A A External Environmental Control Units External environmental control units will comprise a number of components such as compressors.

nitrogen etc) intended for use as a breathing gas must contain a minimum oxygen content of at least 2% unless special arrangements are in place for the use of pure inert gas.2 General Quantity Location There must be sufficient supplies available to comply with the requirements of AODC 014.6 Condition Guarding Inert Gas Each cylinder must be in good condition and free from serious corrosion Any transportable quad of gas cylinders should have protective guarding fitted to it as laid out in IMCA D 009 Any inert gas (helium. 1. Ideally it will be both.5 1. Where bulk HP gas is stored in an enclosed space then an oxygen analyser with high/low alarm must be sited so that any person is warned of an alarm situation before they enter the enclosed space.4 1. HP oxygen storage quads and any treatment gas storage. This will include HP gas storage banks or quads. Oxygen (or mixes containing over 25% oxygen) must be stored in the open and well clear of any fire hazards A A A A 1. This alarm should be either very audible or very visible.Section 12 – High Pressure Gas Storage Page 1 of 4 IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems High Pressure Gas Storage This section refers to any bulk high pressure gas storage which forms part of the diving system.7 Enclosed Storage A A B . All HP storage must be located in a suitable place where there is a minimal risk of damage occurring. Item Description Requirement Need Response Certificate Issue Date 1 1.3 Marking Cylinders and quads must be colour coded and marked with the name and chemical symbol of the contents in accordance with AODC 016 (Rev 1) The latest test date stamped on the cylinders should be highlighted with a small patch of distinctive colour B A B A 1. Hazard signs warning of high pressure gas must be visible prior to entering the enclosed space.1 1. Any relief valves or bursting discs should be piped to dump overboard and not in to the enclosed space.

2 Welded Pressure Vessels D 018.3 & 24. Sheets 24.5 Visual examination within last 6 months B A Gas leak test to maximum working pressure in last 2½ years Function test at required relief setting (relief valves only) in last 2½ years Complete renewal in last 10 years (bursting discs only) A A A .4 Lifting Equipment (Quad Slings etc) D 018. Sheet 26 External visual examination in last 6 months A Internal overpressure test or thorough internal and external visual inspection plus (in both cases) a gas leak test at full working pressure within the last 2½ years 2.4 Visual examination in last 6 months A A A A Load Test at 1.1 External visual examination in last 6 months External visual examination and gas leak test to maximum working pressure in last 2½ years Internal and external visual examination and gas leak test to maximum working pressure in last 5 years (possible over pressure test to 1.3 Pipe Work.Section 12 – High Pressure Gas Storage Page 2 of 4 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date 2 2.1 Testing Cylinders D 018. Sheets 24.1 times max working pressure) A A A 2.5 times maximum working pressure when first installed A Internal cleanliness verified to appropriate standard Visual examination in last 6 months Gas leak test at maximum working pressure in last 2 years 2.1 & 24.2 Pressure test to 1. Valves etc.5 times maximum SWL in last 12 months 2. D 018. Sheet 23 Relief Valves/ Bursting Discs D 018. Sheet 9.

3 4 4.4 Valves B C . This may be the normal ships or platforms equipment or dedicated equipment.1 Analysers D 018. Sheet 15 & 16 Gas Content Status State Boards C A A B 5 5.3 Pumping B 5.1 5.Section 12 – High Pressure Gas Storage Page 3 of 4 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date 2. Quarter turn valves should not be used Where the oxygen or mix containing over 25% oxygen is regulated down to below 15 bar (225 psi) then quarter turn valves may be used as emergency shut off valves provided they are clearly marked as such and lightly secured in the open position during normal operations A B 5.1 Fire Detection Testing D 018.2 Oxygen and Gas Mixes with Over 25% Oxygen Signs Pressure Fire hazard warning signs must be erected in the vicinity of any stored oxygen or mixes over 25% oxygen The pressure of oxygen or mixes containing over 25% oxygen should be regulated down at the quad or cylinder to a maximum of 50 bar (750 psi) for breathing gas or 60 bar (900 psi) for supplies to gas blenders Oxygen and mixes containing over 25% oxygen should not be pumped unless the compressor/pump and associated systems have been specifically designed for such service All valves used for oxygen or gas mixes containing over 25% oxygen should be slow opening types such as rising stem valves. This record should also show clearly the minimum quantities required from 1.6 3 3.2 3. it must be easy to access and large enough to be sufficient If any HP gas storage is situated in enclosed and unmanned areas then consideration should be given to fitting a fire detection system Examination and test of fire fighting equipment as appropriate in last 6 months A record must be kept in a designated place of the contents and pressure of each cylinder or quad. The type must be suitable. These records must be updated daily when the system is in use. Sheet 2 Firefighting Provision Visual examination and calibration within last 6 months A All HP gas storage needs to have suitable provision of fire fighting equipment in the vicinity.1 above A 3.

Section 12 – High Pressure Gas Storage Page 4 of 4 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date 5.5 Pipe Work Oxygen should be hard piped wherever possible. Only flexibles compatible with oxygen should be used and they should be kept as short as possible B .

It is not a requirement of IMCA that such equipment be fitted to any particular system. If it is a special system then there must be a clear written statement from a competent person that it is fit for purpose and fitted with all necessary safety devices.1 Helmets/Masks General A 3 3.1 General Suitability Any system intended for the reclaim of divers breathing gas must be specifically designed for that purpose and be supplied by a manufacturer for that purpose. Any diving helmets/masks intended for use with the gas reclaim system must be specifically designed for the purpose.1 Alarm Oxygen Make-Up Flow Control B B .Section 13 – Diver Gas Reclaim Page 1 of 2 IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Diver Gas Reclaim This section only applies to diving systems fitted with this feature.2 6 6.1 Control Panel Location B 5.1 Operating Procedures General A Compressors and Pumps General A 5 5. Item Description Requirement Need Response Certificate Issue Date 1 1.1 4 4. They should also meet all of the requirements laid out in part 1 of section 10 of this document Detailed operating instructions for the gas reclaim system must be readily available in dive control All compressors and pumps used as part of the divers gas reclaim system must meet the requirements laid out in section 11 of this document the divers gas reclaim control panel should be sited in dive control within easy reach of the diving supervisor and where all gauges and controls can be clearly seen An audio/visual alarm should be incorporated in the panel to warn the diving supervisor of any reclaim compressor malfunction The oxygen make-up system should have the flow limited such that it cannot grossly exceed the rate of metabolic consumption of the diver(s) A 2 2.

Sheet 2 A .3 Testing D 018.Section 13 – Diver Gas Reclaim Page 2 of 2 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date 6. The adjustment of sample flow rate must not affect the correct functioning of any other analyser fitted at the same point Analysers must have been examined.2 Carbon Dioxide A 7.2 Power Failure Oxygen injection orifices must be fitted with a means by which they will close if there is a power failure.1 Analysis Oxygen A 7. This will prevent a potential dangerous build up of oxygen levels within the reclaim system There must be a dedicated oxygen analyser fitted in dive control on the downstream gas supply to the diving bell with audio/visual alarm for high/low oxygen level There must be a dedicated CO2 analyser fitted in dive control on the downstream gas supply to the diving bell with audio/visual alarm for high CO2 level. function tested and calibrated within the last six months A 7 7.

there should be a management system to monitor for such bacterial growth It is useful if indicator lights are installed in chamber control showing if the compressor which empties the bag is running/idle In situations where the chamber discharge capability could be greater than the gas bag capacity (such as very deep dives) special precautions need to be taken to avoid the bag being overfilled.4 1. This may be by means of an automatic valve which allows the bag to fill then exhausts the remaining gas overboard The gas bag should be fitted with a relief valve or bursting disc to prevent its rupture if it is overfilled The relief valve/bursting disc should be connected to an overboard dump or other safe means of venting any gas released B A 1.6 Relief Valve B B A A 1. Item Description Requirement Need Response Certificate Issue Date 1 1. It is not a requirement of IMCA that such equipment be fitted to any particular system. at the compressor location and in chamber control.3 1.3 Visual examination within last 6 months Function test at required relief setting and gas leak test to maximum working pressure within last 2½ years .7 Testing (Relief Valve) D 018. If it is possible to exhaust the diving bell contents to the gas bag then such an alarm must also be fitted in dive control. Sheet 24.5 Bacteria Indicator Lights Excess Capacity B C B 1.2 Gas Bags Position Monitoring The gas bag for recovered gas should be sited in a position which allows it to fully inflate safely In addition to the stop/start controls for compressor operation. This may be an audio/visual over inflation alarm fitted to the gas bag. As bacteria can grow inside the bag over time.Section 14 – Chamber Gas Reclaim and Purification Page 1 of 3 IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Chamber Gas Reclaim and Purification This section only applies to diving systems that are actually fitted with this sort of equipment. Such an alarm must operate in the gas bag area. a suitable means of monitoring the gas bag to avoid over inflation must be available.1 1.

1 Pipework and Valves General A A A A A A .1 Analysis General Reclaimed chamber gas may contain a number of impurities. Before it is re-used there must be a system in place to make sure that it is analysed for both O2 and CO2 content If there is no method for nitrogen content analysis on site then precautions should be taken to ensure that the use of reclaimed gas does not cause nitrogen levels in the chamber to rise above the levels allowed within the contractor’s procedures.2 3 3. function tested and calibrated within the last 6 months D 018.1 Visual examination within last 6 months Gas leak test to maximum working pressure in last 2 years Internal pressure test to 1. 2.Section 14 – Chamber Gas Reclaim and Purification Page 2 of 3 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date Testing (Bursting Disc) D 018.1 Dirty Gas Cylinders General If a cylinder(s) is used to store reclaimed (dirty) gas then it must be clearly colour coded and marked with its contents as laid out in AODC 016 Rev 1 A A A B A A 4 4. Sheet 2 Compressors and Pumps General All pumps and compressors used in support of chamber gas reclaim and purification must meet the requirements laid out in section 11 of this document All valves must be free of corrosion and operate freely The function of all valves must be clearly marked 4.5 times maximum operating pressure when first installed 5 5.1 Testing Analysers must be examined. Sheet 24. Sheet 24.2 Testing D 018.4 Visual examination within last 6 months A Gas leak test to maximum working pressure in last 2½ years Complete renewal in last 10 years 2 2.

along with their relief valves etc must be examined and tested in line with the requirements of section 12 of this document 6 6.Section 14 – Chamber Gas Reclaim and Purification Page 3 of 3 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date Any cylinder(s) used for this purpose.1 Operating Procedures General Detailed operating instructions for the gas reclaim and purification system must be easily available to the personnel operating the system A A .

Item Description Requirement Need Response Certificate Issue Date 1 1. This must have been demonstrated by means of practical testing Unless the HES is the diving bell. The requirements below will need to be interpreted in relation to which type of HES is fitted.1 1.2 General Type Propulsion Which type of HES is fitted? If the diving system is fitted on a drill rig or production facility where hydrocarbons may be released then the HES is required to have a means of propulsion or other method of ensuring it can be rapidly moved clear of the site The HES must be outfitted to accommodate the maximum number of divers who may be under pressure All HES must be marked in accordance with recommendations.1 A B B B .Section 15 – Hyperbaric Evacuation System Page 1 of 10 IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Hyperbaric Evacuation System There are three basic types of hyperbaric evacuation system (HES): a) a diving bell adapted for evacuation use. c) a dedicated rescue system where a pressure chamber is fitted into or forms part of a purpose-built lifeboat. These can be found in AODC 017 international A 1.5 Capacity Marking Floating A A A Any HES designed to be free floating must be both positively buoyant and also stable when fully equipped and manned.6 Communication with HES Location Devices Requirement A 2 2. Fitted with radar reflector Fitted with strobe light Fitted with radio distress beacon 1.4 1. there must be a dedicated hard wire two way voice communication system between life support control. b) a pressure chamber adapted for use in an evacuation. the HES launch point and the HES internally Every HES designed to enter the water must be fitted with devices to assist its location by rescuers.3 1. This may be designed for lift-off or as free-floating.

2 5. A warning sign should be fitted in the vicinity of any batteries which are trickle charged for use in the HES A 5. This can even be the case with “sealed” batteries.1 Gas Supplies Mixed Gas A minimum quantity of mixed gas must be carried sufficient to compensate for the use of the food lock and to allow for minor leakage. Typically this will be a flowmeter or similar device A 3. All necessary precautions and maintenance must be included in the documented maintenance system for the HES If batteries are being charged for use in connection with the HES then there should be good ventilation in the vicinity.Section 15 – Hyperbaric Evacuation System Page 2 of 10 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date 3 3.5 litres/minute per diver for at least 24 hours The oxygen supply must be fitted with a device where it is injected at a controlled rate.2 Oxygen A A 4 4. This hazard is covered in detail in AODC 054.5 times maximum working pressure within last 4 years A B A A A 5 5.2 4.1 4. Sheet 10 All cylinders must be colour coded and marked with the name and chemical symbol of their contents in line with AODC 016 Rev 1 The last test date stamp on each cylinder should be painted over with a small patch of distinctive coloured paint to aid location External visual examination within last 6 months Thorough internal and external visual examination plus gas leak test to maximum working pressure within last 2 years Hydraulic overpressure test to 1.3 Ventilation Warning B B .3 Gas Cylinders Marking Test Date Testing D 018. This quantity should be as specified by the diving contractor in their risk assessment Sufficient oxygen for metabolic consumption by the maximum number of divers at 0.1 Batteries Hazard Batteries can give off potentially explosive fumes when being charged.

6 Penetrations A . Further information in AODC 030 Overpressure tested to 1. If the sealing area is painted then this must be in good condition Viewports must be free of cracks or scratches which could affect pressure integrity. Sheet 25.1 Pressure Vessel Design The pressure vessel forming the chamber of the HES must have been designed and built to a recognised international standard and fit for the purpose Visual examination within last 6 months Thorough internal and external visual inspection plus a gas leak test at full working pressure in last 2½ years Internal overpressure test within last 5 years A 6.1 A A A B B A 7 7. 7.4 Viewports Testing D 018.2 7.Section 15 – Hyperbaric Evacuation System Page 3 of 10 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date 6 6.1 7.3 Chamber (External) Paint Work Insulation Seals Paintwork should be in good condition and free from serious corrosion Insulation (if fitted) should be clean and in good condition Seals on mating faces must be clean. This is important as the unit will often be exposed to the environment and is rarely operated All hollow penetrators must be fitted with protection valves or other devices to stop catastrophic pressure loss.2 A A A A A A A B 7. Manufactured in accordance with recognised standard and fit for purpose. undamaged and covered lightly in silicone grease.25 times maximum rated working pressure when new Visual examination in situ in last 6 months Gas leak test as an integral part of the chamber they are fitted to in the last 2½ years Internal overpressure test as an integral part of the chamber they are fitted to in the last 5 years Complete renewal within last 10 years 7.2 Testing D 018. Sheet 25.5 Maintenance Evidence should be available of a planned maintenance system being available and used for the HES.

function test plus continuity and insulation tests of all cables and electrical equipment within last 6 months A A A A B A 7. undamaged and covered lightly in silicone grease.9 Testing D 018.Section 15 – Hyperbaric Evacuation System Page 4 of 10 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date All electric penetrators must be certified by a competent person as fit for purpose All penetrators must be clearly marked to show their function 7. Sheets 24.2 Chamber (Internal) Paintwork Seals Paintwork should be in good condition and free from serious corrosion Seals on mating faces must be clean.1 & 24.2 A A A A B A 8. All penetrators must be clearly marked to show their function 8.7 Valves Valves must be free of corrosion and must move freely through their full range of operation. All valves must be clearly marked with their function Visual examination. pipe work.8 Food Lock A safety interlock system must be fitted to the clamping mechanism securing the food lock outer door.4 Valves Valves must be free of corrosion and must move freely through their full range of operation.5 times maximum working pressure when first installed Visual examination within the last 6 months Gas leak test at maximum working pressure in last 2 years D 018.3 Penetrations A A A A . Sheet 11 8 8. All valves must be clearly marked with their function All external valves should be secured in either the open or closed position to avoid accidental operation during launching 7.1 8. fittings etc to 1. This interlock must make it impossible to open the clamp if there is still pressure inside the lock and impossible to pressurise the lock if the clamp is not properly closed Internal pressure test of all valves. If the sealing area is painted then this must be in good condition All hollow penetrators must be fitted with protection valves or other devices to stop catastrophic pressure loss.

9 8.8 8. It must also be sufficient to allow surveillance from outside If a flush type toilet is fitted then it must have sufficient interlocks to stop it being flushed while occupied All doors must be capable of being opened from either side All doors should be able to be secured in the open position Doors should be fitted with a means of pressure equalisation 8.2 8. B B B B B A A A A B B B C B A A A . Testing D 018. If this is a fixed system then it must be function tested in the last six months. If this is by a pulley system then the length must be enough to reach the chamber floor Seasickness pills must be available for issue to all divers prior to launching the HES 8.Section 15 – Hyperbaric Evacuation System Page 5 of 10 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date All valves should be secured in either the open or closed position to avoid accidental operation during rough seas. Sheet 5. If it is a portable system then it must have had a visual examination and check of fill level within last six months. This securing can be by tape or light wire to allow easy operation of the valves if needed 8.10 Lighting Toilet Doors Visual examination and function test in last 6 months There must be sufficient internal lighting to allow valves and controls to be operated.11 Safety One seat belt restraint should be fitted for each occupant Protective headgear may be provided for the occupants A suitable means should be fitted to assist an unconscious diver in to the HES.12 Fire Fighting Testing D 018. Sheet 15 & 16 There must be a suitable means fitted to extinguish a fire in the chamber.7 Exhausts Inlets BIBS Any open ended exhaust pipework should be fitted with guards for finger protection Any gas inlet pipework should be fitted with some form of diffuser There should be one BIBS connection and mask for each occupant plus one spare BIBS should be overboard dump type with exhausts piped both outside the chamber and outside the enclosed cockpit area in the case of the lifeboat type.5 8.6 8.

Sheet 33 Visual examination of survival packs in last 6 months A       .15 Thermal Balance Occupants must be maintained in thermal balance. Detailed guidance on the assessment of such requirements is available from IMCA however many diving contractors work on a “worst case” scenario. then these must be of a suitable type. Food to be packed in airtight packs kept in a watertight container Three tin openers Six doses of anti sea sickness medicine and one seasick bag per occupant.000 kJ per person for the maximum number of occupants. heating (or cooling) must be provided for the maximum number of occupants If heat retention is intended by means of survival bags. An HES must therefore contain all of the following that are relevant to the type of HES: Watertight containers containing a minimum of 3 litres of drinking water per occupant for the maximum number of occupants. The kit must be in a suitable protective container clearly marked with a white cross on a green background The kit must have been checked for integrity within the last 6 months with the date the next check is due clearly marked on it A B A 8.13 First Aid Kit A first aid kit must be provided to the level specified in the diving contractor’s manuals.Section 15 – Hyperbaric Evacuation System Page 6 of 10 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date 8. correctly packaged and in good condition If heating (or cooling) is powered by mechanical means (the lifeboat engine for example) then this should be capable of running for a minimum of 24 hours continuously A B             Testing D 018. all for the maximum number of occupants A B A A                         B A A                   8.14 Provisions Under the SOLAS regulations a lifeboat must contain certain items. In that case. This is a function of the number of occupants and the likely ambient external temperature. A rustproof dipper/ladle with lanyard A rustproof graduated drinking vessel Food rations comprising a minimum of 10.

In other types of HES a modified life support control may be fitted inside the chamber to allow the divers some control over their environment Visual examination.17 ECU A B B A B A A A A B A A . either internally or externally at the hull penetration. function test plus continuity and insulation tests of all cables and electrical equipment within last 6 months For a HES with the life support point outside the chamber.2 Internal pressure test of all valves. fittings etc to 1.Section 15 – Hyperbaric Evacuation System Page 7 of 10 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date Packs must be unpacked. Sufficient supplies of the necessary chemicals must be provided and stored in watertight containers If an environmental control unit is fitted then it must meet the following: Have a clear passage for discharge of gas If an external ECU with large bore piping.1 Life Support Control Location There must be a life support control point.19 Testing D 018.5 times maximum working pressure when first installed Visual examination within the last 6 months Gas leak test at maximum working pressure in last 2 years D 018.18 Communication There must be two way communications between the divers inside the chamber and those outside at the life support control point A secondary (back up) communication system (such as a sound powered phone) should exist 8.1 & 24. This can be in place of the protection valve at that point (see 7. Sheet 11 8.20 Depth Gauge Testing D 018. Sheets 24.3) Be capable of providing heating/cooling/CO2 scrubbing/Humidity control 8. checked and repacked within last 3 years 8. In lifeboat type HESs this will be situated external to the chamber but internal to the lifeboat hull. Sheet 19 9 9. pipe work. be fitted with a non return valve on the inlet and flow fuse on the exhaust. a means should be available to indicate the depth to the occupants Visual examination and comparison check against a test instrument to required accuracy in last 6 months A A       8.16 Carbon Dioxide A suitable means must be available to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere for at least 24 hours for the maximum number of occupants.6 & 8.

valves. Sheet 6 D 018. fittings etc within the last 6 months Gas leak test at maximum working pressure in last 2 years 9. This must include any plans for reception of the HES onshore or at another location Internal pressure test of all valves. This must have sufficient valves and fittings to allow gas and exhaust control plus make up of metabolic oxygen.2 Facilities A life support control should have the following facilities Control panel for gas supply and exhaust. Sheet 2 Visual examination. 19 & 20 D 018.5 times maximum working pressure when first installed Visual examination of all pipe work. function test plus continuity and insulation tests of all cables and electrical equipment within last 6 months All communications links must have been examined and function tested in the last 6 months All gauges must have been calibrated to the required accuracy in the last 6 months Analysers must be examined. pipe work. fittings etc to 1.4 Testing D 018 Sheets 24.3 Documentation A copy of the emergency procedures and any other relevant procedures or manuals must be available at the life support control point. O2 make up must be fitted with a flowmeter or similar device to indicate when O2 is flowing Gauges indicating gas supply pressures and depth inside the chamber Analyser to monitor oxygen levels in the chamber Analyser to monitor carbon dioxide levels in the chamber If the control point is external to the chamber.1 & 24. function tested and calibrated within the last 6 months . Sheet 18. Sheet 11 D 018.Section 15 – Hyperbaric Evacuation System Page 8 of 10 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date 9.2 A A A A A A A D 018. an oxygen analyser with high/low alarm to detect changes in the oxygen level ambient to the control point as a result of possible gas leaks Two way voice communications with the divers in the chamber A secondary (back up) communications system such as a sound powered phone A A A A A A B A 9.

4 Non Dedicated Launch System Manufactured to a recognised international Standard or Code OR built in accordance with Manufacturers Specification. Stainless steel falls do not need to be replaced unless there is evidence of damage or deterioration A A 10.1 On installation.Section 15 – Hyperbaric Evacuation System Page 9 of 10 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date 10 10.2 Launch/Recovery Systems – NOTE The subject of HES launch/recovery systems is complex and may impinge on other international requirements such as SOLAS. General Capacity There must be a detailed written procedure for the launching of the HES which identifies clearly who is responsible for each part of the operation. Sheet 32. Further information may be found in IMCA D 004. Fit for purpose Falls should be long enough to allow the HES to be fully supported in the water when the vessel is at its lightest draft and at the worst angle of list and trim Testing D 018.25 times maximum SWL within last 6 months Function test at SWL within last 6 months A A A . Launch/recovery systems must have a safe working load which is at least that of the HES when fully manned and laden. Fit for purpose If the HES is meant to float in water but is not self propelled then it must be fitted with handling/towing lines.3 Dedicated Launch System (including SOLAS) A B A A A A A A A A 10.2 Practice deployment within last 6 months Thorough visual examination and static load test at 1.1 10. overload tested in accordance with IMO guidance at full outboard position Thorough visual examination within last 6 months Practice deployment within last 6 months Function test within last 12 months Falls turned end for end within last 2½ years Falls replaced within last 5 years. There must be clear directions in the Emergency Procedures as to how this tow will be effected giving due consideration to weather and sea conditions Testing D 018. NB. Sheet 32. This should take account of any modifications or extra equipment since the HES was first installed Manufactured to SOLAS requirements OR with specified and approved deviations.

1 A A .Section 15 – Hyperbaric Evacuation System Page 10 of 10 Item Description Requirement Need IMCA D 024 – DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems Response Certificate Issue Date Static Load Test at 1. then the lift wire release mechanism must be demonstrated by other means Where a secondary means of launch is provided (such as stored energy) then practical deployment of the HES using the secondary system must be carried out under the same conditions and frequency as the primary system “Once Only” systems or systems which require the replacement of major components after use need not be practised at the intervals given above 11 11. As far as possible any practice should simulate operational conditions. Practice deployments should normally only be carried out in sheltered calm waters If the practice deployment stops short of sea level.5 Practice Deployment When carrying out practice deployments.5 times maximum SWL plus NDT of critical items 10.2 Testing D 018. This interlock must make it impossible to open the clamp if there is still pressure inside the trunk and impossible to pressurise the trunk if the clamp is not properly closed Visual examination within the last 6 months Gas leak test at maximum working pressure in last 2 years A A A B A 11.1 Connection Safety Interlock A safety interlock system must be fitted to the clamping mechanism between the HES flange and the flange on the connection to the chamber system. the HES should either be pressurised and unmanned or if manned should not be pressurised. Sheet 24.

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