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IMO: summary of MSC 96

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IMO FlagsMaritime Safety Committee (MSC), 96th session, 11-20 May 2016

Summary now available to download –


  • Survival craft safety: SOLAS amendments adopted – The MSC adopted amendments to SOLASregulations III/3 and III/20 to make mandatory the Requirements for maintenance, thorough examination, operational testing, overhaul and repair of lifeboats and rescue boats, launching appliances and release gear, which were also adopted at the session. 
  • Adoption of other amendments  – Amendments to SOLAS regulation II-2/13 to extend the requirements for evacuation analysis to all passenger ships, not just ro-ro passenger ships;  Amendment 38-16 to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code;  Amendments to chapter 8 of the International Code for Fire Safety Systems (FSS Code) regarding prevention of internal corrosion and clogging of sprinklers and a new chapter 17 of the FSS Code
  • Advice regarding the verification of the gross mass of packed containers loaded before 1 July 2016and transhipped on or after 1 July 2016 agreed  (See press briefing 14/2016)
  • Cyber security – interim guidelines approved
  • Guidance for developing national maritime security legislation approved
  • Carriage of industrial personnel – outline for new SOLAS chapter and code endorsed
  • Recognition of Galileo as a component of the Word Wide Radionavigation System (WWRNS).
  • Ships routeing systems adopted
  • Noise reduction – guidance on application of requirements approved
  • Training for polar waters and passenger ship emergency training requirements approved
  •  Review of the 1995 STCW-F Convention agreed
  • Intact Stability Code – Towing, including escort towing, and lifting operations amendments approved
  • Passenger ship regulations amendments approved

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