The purpose of the Code on Intact Stability for All Types of Ships Covered by IMO Instruments, hereinafter referred to as the Code, is to recommend stability criteria and other measures for ensuring the safe operation of all ships to minimize the risk to such ships, to the personnel on board and to the environment.
This Code contains intact stability criteria for the following types of ships and other marine vehicles of 24 m in length and above unless otherwise stated:
- Cargo ships.
- Cargo ships carrying
- Deck cargo cargo ships carrying grain in bulk .
- Fishing vessels.
- Special purpose ships
- Offshore supply vessels .
- Mobile offshore drilling units
- Dynamically supported craft
The coastal State may impose additional requirements regarding the design aspects of ships of novel design or ships not otherwise covered by the Code
Stability data and associated plans should be drawn up in the official language or languages of the issuing country and the language of the master. If the languages used are neither English nor French the text should include a translation into one of these languages.
Each ship should be provided with a stability booklet, approved by the Administration, which contains sufficient information to enable the master to operate the ship in compliance with the applicable requirements contained in the Code.