Helping you meet requirements as regulations change
Recent and upcoming new requirements
SOLAS Chapter XI-1 amended by IMO resolution MSC.380(94) on 1 July 2016 requires:
A portable atmosphere testing instrument(s) to be used for enclosed space entry. See Class News Nos.05/2016 and 44/2016 for further guidance.
SOLAS regulation V/19.2.10 requires:
Cargo ships other than tankers, ≥10,000 gt but <20,000 gt to be equipped with an Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS), not later than the first survey on or after 1 July 2018. See Class News Nos. 33/2009 and 21/2015 for further guidance.
SOLAS Appendix amended IMO resolution MSC.380(94) on 1 July 2016:
Format of Cargo Ship Record of Safety Equipment (Form E or C) amended.
SOLAS regulation II-1/3-10 introduced by IMO resolution MSC.290(87) requires:
Oil tankers and bulk carriers (excluding ore carriers and combination carriers) of 150m in length (load line length) and above shall be provided with a Ship Construction File which shall be and kept on board the ship and/or ashore* and updated as appropriate throughout the ship's service. This requirement applies to ships:
- contracted for construction on or after 1 July 2016; or
- in the absence of a building contract, constructed (keel laid) on or after 1 July 2017; or
- delivered on or after 1 July 2020.**
* Refer to the Guidelines for the information to be included in a Ship Construction File (MSC.1/Circ.1343).
**IMO Circular Letter No.4204/Add.7 gives guidance concerning new construction projects and the unforeseen delays in the delivery of ships due to COVID-19.
SOLAS regulation II-2/10.10.4 amended by IMO resolution MSC.338(91) requires:
"For ships constructed on or after 1 July 2014, a minimum of two two-way portable radiotelephone apparatus for each fire party for fire-fighter's communication shall be carried on board. Those two-way portable radiotelephone apparatus shall be of an explosion-proof type or intrinsically safe. Ships constructed before 1 July 2014 shall comply with the requirements of this paragraph not later than the first survey after 1 July 2018." See Class News No. 18/2014 for further guidance.
SOLAS regulation II-2/10.10.1 amended by IMO resolution MSC.338(91) requires:
"For ships constructed on or after 1 July 2014, requires that fire-fighters' outfit's SCBA shall be fitted with an audible alarm and a visual or other device which will alert the user before the volume of the air in the cylinder has been reduced to no less than 200 litres. As per MSC.1/Circ.1499 a pressure gauge may be regarded as a visual device. Ships constructed before 1 July 2014 shall comply with the requirements of this paragraph not later than the first survey after 1 July 2019." See Class News No. 18/2014 for further guidance.
SOLAS new Chapter XIV and Polar Code - entering into force on 1 January 2017:
Introduced by IMO resolution MSC.386(94) and IMO resolution MSC.385(94) for vessels operating in polar waters constructed on or after 1 January 2017. Ships constructed before 1 January 2017 shall meet the Polar Code by the first intermediate or renewal survey, after 1 January 2018. See Class News No. 45/2016 and our polar code webpage for further guidance.
SOLAS Chapter II-1 Part F amended and IGF Code - entering into force on 1 January 2017: Introduced by IMO resolution MSC.392(95) and IMO resolution MSC.391(95) for ships (other than gas carriers) using low-flashpoint fuels contracted for construction on or after 1 January 2017 or converted to use low-flashpoint fuels on or after 1 January 2017. For more information see our Gas Technology page.
SOLAS regulation V/20 - amendments to the International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue (IAMSAR) Manual will come into effect on 1 July 2019. See Class News No. 15/2018 for further guidance.
SOLAS regulations III/3 and III/20 - amendments entering into force on 1 January 2020: Introduced by IMO resolution MSC.402(96) and IMO resolution MSC.404(96), and which effectively makes mandatory the Requirements for Maintenance, Thorough Examination, Operational Testing, Overhaul and Repair of Lifeboats and Rescue Boats, Launching Appliances and Release Gear previously contained in MSC.1/Circ.1206/Rev.1 and MSC.1/Circ.1277, for all ships on or after 1 January 2020. See also Class News 16/2019.
SOLAS regulations II-2/1 and II-2/10 - amendments entering into force on 1 January 2020: Introduced by IMO resolution MSC.409(97), and waives the requirement for an approved foam-type extinguisher of at least 135 l capacity, for boilers protected by fixed water-based local application fire-extinguishing systems, may apply to all ships on or after 1 January 2020. See also MSC.1/Circ.1566 and Class News 38/2017.
New SOLAS regulation II-1/19-1 - amendments entering into force on 1 January 2020: Introduced by IMO resolution MSC.421(98), and introduces a requirement for damage control drills for passenger ships to be carried out every 3 months, and applies to all passenger ships on or after 1 January 2020. See Class News 40/2017.
For a more in-depth overview of upcoming changes to mandatory statutory regulations and instruments, see our Future IMO legislation page.