10 October 2008

[4S/yim107] SOLAS Document - 1998

Concerned at the continued loss of ships carrying bulk cargoes, sometimes without trace, and the heavy loss of life incurred, and recognizing the urgent need further to improve the safety standards of ships carrying solid bulk cargoes in all aspects of their design, equipment and operation to avoid the recurrence of such casualties, the Conference of Contracting Governments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974, adopted amendments to the Convention aimed at enhancing the safety of bulk carriers in November 1997.
These are contained in resolution 1 of the Conference and are expected to enter into force under the tacit acceptance procedure on 1 July 1999.
The remaining resolutions of the 1997 SOLAS Conference will be published separately. Among other things, they include amendments to the Guidelines on the enhanced programme of inspections during surveys of bulk carriers and oil tankers (resolution A.744(18)) mandatory under regulation XI/2 of the Convention.*
At its sixty-eighth session (May/June 1997), by resolution MSC.65(68), the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) adopted amendments to SOLAS 1974 in respect of subdivision requirements for passenger ships, other than ro-ro passenger ships, carrying 400 persons or more and of vessel traffic services.
These amendments, too, are expected to enter into force under the tacit acceptance procedure on 1 July 1999.
At its sixty-ninth session (May 1998), by resolution MSC.69(69), the MSC adopted amendments to SOLAS chapters dealing with subdivision and stability, radiocommunications, carriage of cargoes and carriage of dangerous goods. These amendments are expected to enter into force
under the tacit acceptance procedure on 1 July 2000.

This publication also contains miscellaneous corrections to recent publications relevant to the SOLAS Convention: SOLAS: Consolidated Edition, 1997 and SOLAS: 1996 Amendments.


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