The Sub-Committee agreed that the goals, functional requirements and expected performance criteria for SOLAS chapter III be included as a new appendix 5 to the Guidelines on alternative design and arrangements for SOLAS chapters II-1 and III (MSC.1/Circ.1212).


For the goal 'To save and maintain human life during and after an emergency situation', 12 functional requirements are listed with a series of expected performance criteria.

In addition, the amendments to MSC.1/Circ.1212 will be submitted to MSC 101 for approval.



In light of SOLAS Chapter III on life-saving appliances and arrangements, the Bahamas Maritime Authority have published an alert on the new escape route sign and equipment locations markings.

Specifically, according to the alert, all ships constructed after the 1st of January 2019, and current ships which undergo repairs, changes, modifications and outfitting within the scope of SOLAS Chapters II-2 and/or III, on or after 01 January 2019, should be sure that they are compliant with the signs that were published by IMO.