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SOLAS 2020 Amendments: An overview

Several amendments of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) agreed in 2016, 2017 and 2018 are entering into force in less than three months, marking reforms to SOLAS and to international codes made mandatory under the SOLAS Convention.

What changes made to SOLAS Chapter II-1 on damage stability

2019 is considered a busy year for the shipping industry and the IMO, especially with the upcoming SOLAS amendments. In fact, special consideration should be given to amendments to SOLAS Chapter II-1 on damage stability, which came into force in 2009. Amendments to SOLAS Chapter II-1 aim to harmonise cargo ship and passenger ship damage stability, as they made probabilistic damage stability the main method for calculating damage stability.

Herald of Free Enterprise: A wake-up call for Ro-Ro safety

32 years have passed since the capsizing of Herald of Free Enterprise, only a few minutes after leaving Zeebrugge port on 6 March 1987, killing 193 people. The incident is considered, not only as the deadliest casualty involving a UK-registered ship since 1919, but also as a wake-up call for safety improvements.

IMO SDC6 introduces SOLAS amendment for safer mooring

As part of its work to make ships mooring safer, IMO’s Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC 6), which took place on 4-8 February 2019, introduced new requirements for appropriate and safe-to-use designs of mooring arrangements, a maintenance and inspection regime, as well as proper documentation.

MSC 99 marks first steps to the adoption of autonomous ships

The 99th session of IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee concluded on 25 May, endorsing a framework for a regulatory scoping exercise, as work in progress, including preliminary definitions of autonomous ships and degrees of autonomy, as well as a methodology for conducting the exercise and a plan of work.

Communication equipment for fire-fighters

SOLAS Regulation II-2/10 regarding fire fighters’ communication was amended by IMO Resolution MSC 338(91). This resolution added paragraph 10.4, to clarify that “a minimum of two two-way portable radiotelephone apparatus for each fire party for fire-fighter’s communication shall be carried on board.”

IMO reviews SOLAS on safe mooring

A revised SOLAS regulation on safe mooring is expected to be finalised during IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction meeting this week, aiming to prevent accidents and injury when ships are secured at their berth in a port.

Industry's cooperation reflected in SOLAS2020 amendments

IMO’s Marine Safety Committee adopted amendments to SOLAS2020 that raise the damage stability requirements for passenger vessels, in the event of flooding caused by a collision. These changes used as a basis a series of EU and EMSA funded cooperative research projects conducted by the shipping industry over several decades, DNV GL noted.

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