What are the major amendments to SOLAS which have entered into force in 2015?

1 January 2015: Code for Recognized Organizations:- Code for recognised organisations (RO Code) becomes mandatory under SOLAS, MARPOL and Protocol of 1988 relating to the International Convention on Load Lines, 1966.
1 January 2015: Entry into force of 2013 May SOLAS amendments to the following:

  • SOLAS regulation III/19 to require musters of newly embarked passengers prior to or immediately upon departure;
  • SOLAS regulation III/19, on emergency training and drills, to mandate enclosed-space entry and rescue drills, which will require crew members with enclosed-space entry or  rescue responsibilities to participate in an enclosed-space entry and rescue drill at least once every two months.
  • Related amendments also to the International Code of Safety for High-Speed Craft (HSC Code),
  • the Code for the Construction and Equipment of Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODU Code) and
  • the Code of Safety for Dynamically Supported Craft (DSC Code).
  • Amendment to ISM code
  • SOLAS CH V Reg 19, para 2.10   entry into force :-01/07/2015 ,ship type  Tankers ≥3,000 gt
  1. Code for Recognised Organizations (RO Code)(entering into force on01.01.2015)

SOLAS Chapter XI-1 has been updated to make the newly adopted Code for Recognised Organisations mandatory.  All amendments adopted to the RO Code will also be deemed mandatory.

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