In 1994 IMO agreed amendments to the SOLAS Convention as a new Regulation Ch V, which contained the following provisions;
- All “tankers” of 20,000 dwt and above constructed after 1st January 1996 are to be provided with an emergency towing arrangement at both ends.
- All existing “tankers” of 20,000 dwt and above are to be provided with an emergency towing arrangement at both ends at the first scheduled dry-docking after 1st January 1996, but in any event, not later than 1st January 1999.
- The term “tankers” includes oil tankers, chemical tankers and gas carriers.
- The minimum components for an emergency towing arrangement are to comprise of the following.