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IMO REGULATIONS COMING INTO FORCE

Updated to March 2021

 

 

REGULATION

Amendments to the IMSBC Code

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MSC.462(101) and

SHIP TYPE

Ships carrying bulk cargoes

ENTRY INTO FORCE

01/07/2021

SUMMARY

Amendment ‘05-19’. The 2019 amendments include updates to various schedules (such as a new individual schedule for BAUXITE FINES as a Group A cargo), as well as editorial amendments. The amendments are incorporated into a consolidated IMSBC Code. MSC also approved a related draft MSC circular

 

REGULATION

Amendments to MARPOL Annex VI

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MEPC.324(75)

SHIP TYPE

All ships

ENTRY INTO FORCE

01/04/2022

SUMMARY

Amendments to the section ‘Procedures for sampling and verification of the sulphur content of fuel oil and the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI)’.

 

REGULATION

Amendments to the IMDG Code

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MSC.477(102)

SHIP TYPE

All ships

ENTRY INTO FORCE

01/06/2022

SUMMARY

This replaces the entire text of the IMDG Code.

 

REGULATION

Amendments to the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MEPC.325(75)

SHIP TYPE

All ships

ENTRY INTO FORCE

01/06/2022

SUMMARY

This amends the sections regarding commissioning testing of ballast water management systems and the form of the International Ballast Water Management Certificate.

 

REGULATION

Amendments to SOLAS Appendix Certificates

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MSC.456(101)

SHIP TYPE

All ships

ENTRY INTO FORCE

01/01/2024

SUMMARY

These relate to the appendix of certificates and the record of equipment, relating to rudder, propeller, thrust, pitch and the operational mode indicator. Specifically Record of Equipment for Cargo Ship Safety (Forms C and E) and Record of Equipment for Passenger Ship Safety (Form P).

 

REGULATION

Amendments to the International Code of Fire Safety Systems (FSS Code)

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MSC.457(101)

SHIP TYPE

Ships with inert gas systems

ENTRY INTO FORCE

01/01/2024

SUMMARY

These amendments relate to inert gas systems (specifically inert gas lines, indicators and alarms).

 

REGULATION

Amendments to the IGF Code

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MSC.458(101)

SHIP TYPE

Ships using Gases or other Low-Flashpoint Fuels

ENTRY INTO FORCE

01/01/2024

SUMMARY

These include amendments related to ship design and arrangement, the fuel containment system, the fuel supply to consumers regulations, power generation (including propulsion and other gas consumers), and fire safety regulations.

 

REGULATION

Amendments to the LSA Code

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MSC.459(101)

SHIP TYPE

All ships

ENTRY INTO FORCE

01/01/2024

SUMMARY

These relate to general requirements for lifeboats and launching and embarkation appliances (specifically relating to stored mechanical power requirements and, for rescue boats that are not survival craft, the option for gravity/manual hoisting).

 

REGULATION

Amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MSC.474(102)

SHIP TYPE

All ships

ENTRY INTO FORCE

01/01/2024

SUMMARY

These relate to ‘Chapter II-1: Construction – Structure, Subdivision and Stability, Machinery and Electrical Installations’, specifically:

 

  • Application
  • Towing and mooring equipment
  • Calculation of the factor si
  • Peak and machinery space bulkheads, shaft tunnels, etc.
  • Openings in watertight bulkheads below the bulkhead deck in passenger ships
  • Openings in the shell plating below the bulkhead deck of passenger ships and the freeboard deck of cargo ships
  • Construction and initial tests of watertight closures
  • Internal watertight integrity of passenger ships above the bulkhead deck
  • Integrity of the hull and superstructure, damage prevention and control on ro-ro passenger ships
  • Damage control information
  • Periodical operation and inspection of watertight doors, etc., in passenger ships
  • Prevention and control of water ingress, etc.
  • Special requirements for ro-ro passenger ships
  • Emergency source of electrical power in passenger ships

 

 

REGULATION

Amendments to the IGF Code

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MSC.475(102)

SHIP TYPE

Ships using Gases or other Low-Flashpoint Fuels

ENTRY INTO FORCE

01/01/2024

SUMMARY

These include amendments related to the fuel containment system, fire safety, and manufacture, workmanship and testing.

 

REGULATION

Amendments to the IGC Code

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MSC.476(102)

SHIP TYPE

All ships

ENTRY INTO FORCE

01/01/2024

SUMMARY

These include amendments related to the materials of construction and quality control.