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SOLAS means Safety of lives at sea Convention

Objective?

Is to specify minimum standards for the constr­uction, equipment and operation of ships

Flag state

The SOLAS Convention requires signatory Flag States to ensure that ships flagged by them comply with at these standards
A number of certif­icates are prescribed in the Convention as proof of compliance
Regulation concerning survey­/in­spe­ction for the control of ships in ports of other contra­cting govern­ments
The Convention has today 159 contra­cting States, which flag about 99 per cent of merchant ships around the world in terms of gross tonnage

No applicable

Warshi­ps•­Fishing vessel­s•Ships below 500 gross tonnage not engaged on intern­ational voyages
 

Chapters

Chapter 1
Surveying the various types of ships and certifying that they meet the requir­ements of the convention – Port State Control
Chapter 2
The subdiv­ision of passenger ships into watertight compar­tments so that after damage to its hull, a vessel will remain afloat and stable
Chapter 3
Fire safety provisions for all ships with detailed measures for passenger ships, cargo ships and tankers
Chapter 4.
Life-s­aving appliances and arrang­ements, including requir­ements for life boats, rescue boats and life jackets according to type of ship
Chapter 5.
The Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS) requires passenger and cargo ships on intern­ational voyages to carry radio equipment, including satellite Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) and Search and Rescue Transp­onders (SARTs)
Chapter 6.
Safety of navigation - this chapter requires govern­ments to ensure that all vessels are suffic­iently and effici­ently manned from a safety point of view, and a general obligation for Masters to proceed to the assistance of those in distress
Chapter 7.
Requir­ements for the stowage and securing of all types of cargo and cargo containers except liquids and gases in bulk
 
Requires the carriage of all kinds of dangerous goods to be in compliance with theIn­ter­nat­ional Bulk Chemical Code (IBC Code)[The Intern­ational Code of the Constr­uction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Liquefied Gases in Bulk (IGC Code)­Int­ern­ational Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG)
Chapter 8.
Nuclear powered ships are required, partic­ularly concerning radiation hazards
Chapter 9
Requires every shipowner and any person or company that has assumed respon­sib­ility for a ship to comply with the Intern­ational Safety Management Code (ISM Code)
Chapter 10.
Makes mandatory the Intern­ational Code of Safety for High-speed craft (HSC Code)
Chapter 11.
Requir­ements relating to organi­zations respon­sible for carrying out surveys and inspec­tions, enhanced surveys, the ship identi­fic­ation number scheme, and operat­ional requir­ements•
Chapter 12
Includes the Intern­ational Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code) - mandatory security regime for intern­ational shipping
Chapter 13.
Specific structural requir­ements for bulk carriers over 150 meter in length
Chapter 14.
Verifi­cation of Compliance - mandatory from 1 January 2016 the IMO Member State Audit Scheme
Chapter 15
Safety measures for ships operating in polar waters (The Polar Code)
 

Docume­ntation

1
Passenger Ship Safety Certifcate
 
Cargo Ship Safety certif­icate
 
Cargo Ship Safety constr­uction certif­icate
 
Document of Compliance with the special requir­ements for ships carrying dangerous goods

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