The audit was conducted from 25 to 28 May 2020.


The objective of the audit was to verify that COSL’s management of stability, watertight and weathertight integrity, ballast systems and waves in deck complies with relevant regulations.


The audit identified 14 regulatory non-conformities and seven other conditions categorised as improvement points.

The non-conformities comprise:

  • Operations during ballasting
  • Single-compartment damage
  • Watertight hinged closures
  • Access for personnel through watertight barriers
  • Overview of watertight integrity
  • Common breaker for HVAC valves
  • Individual alarms for watertight sliding doors
  • Ballast pumps
  • Indication of valve position in solenoid enclosure
  • Level sounding in ballast tanks
  • Operational activities in security condition
  • Unsupported valves
  • Combustion air ducts
  • Evacuation routes

The improvement points comprise:

  • Recovery after damage
  • Test and maintenance routines
  • Freeboard plan
  • Load computer
  • Bad weather procedure
  • Appendix to the class certificate
  • Unintended function following failure of the control system for ballast valves.

What happens now?

On 19 June 2020, we sent COSL a copy of the audit report and gave the company a six-week deadline to report on how the non-conformities will be addressed. We have also asked the company for their assessment of the improvement points we observed.