A Competent Person is a person competent to carry out risk assessment for works in confined space (or enclosed space) on vessels and make recommendations on safety measures to the person in charge of works who is responsible for granting permission to the works inside the space. Testing of the atmosphere of confined space is a part of the risk assessment. A Competent Person conducts the air test and issues “Air Test Certificate” after the test.
A person is recognised as a Competent Person if he bears the qualification and the ‘relevant experience’ stated in the Remark below.
Please click here to see the list of Competent Persons who have the interest to provide their service
i) ‘Works’ means (a) repairs to a vessel, (b) the breaking up of a vessel, (c) cargo handling, or (d) marine construction.
ii) Type of qualification:
(1) An Approved Person (a person approved by the Director of Marine to issue Gas Free Certificate required under Section 21 of the Dangerous Goods (Shipping) Regulation, Cap. 295C);
iii) ‘Relevant experience’ refers to the proven experience involved in risk assessment for work in confined space while serving for not less than one year in any of the following positions;
(2) a person approved by the Director of Fire Services under Dangerous Goods (General) Regulation, Cap. 295B;
(3) a holder of Class 2 Certificate of Competency as Deck Officer (Seagoing Vessel) or above issued or recognized by Director of Marine;
(4) a holder of Class 2 Certificate of Competency as Marine Engineer Officer (Seagoing Vessel) or above issued or recognized by Director of Marine; or
(5) a person recognized by the Commissioner for Labour to carry out duties of a competent person under Factory and Industrial Undertakings (Confined Spaces) Regulation, Cap. 59AE.
(a) deck or engineer office of seagoing vessels; or
(b) safety officer, operation supervisor or above of oil terminals, ship repair yards, or container and cargo terminals.