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IMO Approves Amendments To SOLAS Convention

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

13 December 2012


The International Maritime Organization's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has agreed a number of substantial amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), which will enter into force on July 1, 2014.

Numerous amendments to SOLAS were approved during the MSC's five-day 91st session, including new rules to make mandatory passenger safety drills aboard passenger-carrying vessels prior to, or immediately upon departure, in the wake of the Costa Concordia cruise liner disaster.

The MSC approved a draft amendment to SOLAS regulation III/19 to require musters of newly embarked passengers prior to or immediately upon departure, instead of "within 24 hours," as stated in the current regulations. The draft amendment will now be circulated with a view to adoption, at the next session, MSC 92, in June 2013.

Another amendment introduced a mandatory requirement for new ships to be constructed to reduce on-board noise and to protect personnel from noise, in accordance with the revised Code on noise levels on board ships. As adopted, this Code sets out mandatory maximum noise level limits for machinery spaces, control rooms, workshops, accommodation and other spaces on board ships. The Code on noise levels on board ships will come into effect when the new regulation enters into force, on July 1, 2014.

The MSC also adopted amendments to SOLAS regulation III/17-1 to require ships to have plans and procedures to recover persons from the water, as well as related Guidelines for development of plans and procedures for recovery of persons from the water.

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