What is role of MSC (maritime safety committee ) in IMO?

The Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) is the highest technical body of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). All Member States can sit on this committee.

The functions of the Maritime Safety Committee are to consider any matter within the IMO’s scope that is concerned with:

  • aids to navigation
  • construction and equipment of vessels
  • manning from a safety standpoint
  • rules for the prevention of collisions
  • handling of dangerous cargoes
  • maritime safety procedures and requirements
  • hydrographic information
  • log-books and navigational records
  • marine casualty investigations
  • salvage and rescue
  • ships and port security
  • piracy and any other matters directly affecting maritime safety.

Several sub-committees report to the Maritime Safety Committee.