SOLAS Consolidated Edition, 2014 (KF110E) (eBook)

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SOLAS Consolidated Edition, 2014 (KF110E) (eBook)

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This publication provides easy reference to SOLAS requirements. It contains a consolidated text of the 1974 SOLAS Convention, the 1988 SOLAS Protocol, and all subsequent amendments thereto in force as on 1 July 2014.

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Of all the international conventions dealing with maritime safety, the most important is the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, better known as SOLAS, which covers a wide range of measures designed to improve the safety of shipping.

The Convention is also one of the oldest of its kind: the first version was adopted in 1914 following the sinking of the Titanic with the loss of more than 1,500 lives. Since then there have been four more versions of SOLAS. The present version was adopted in 1974 and entered into force in 1980.

In order to provide an easy reference to all SOLAS requirements applicable from 1 July 2014, this edition presents a consolidated text of the Convention, its Protocols of 1978 and 1988 and all amendments in effect from that date.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO), which met for the first time in 1959, is the specialized agency of the United Nations devoted to maritime affairs. Its main interests can be summed up in the phrase: Safe, secure and efficient shipping on clean oceans.

Over the years, IMO has developed and promoted the adoption of more than 40 conventions and protocols as well as over 1,000 codes and recommendations dealing with maritime safety, the prevention of pollution at sea and other matters. The most important of these are mandatory for ships engaged in international trade, and even the recommendations are often universal in their impact.

To ensure that its measures are properly implemented worldwide, IMO operates a technical cooperation programme, provides consultancy and advisory services, arranges individual training through fellowships and general training through a number of institutions, and disseminates information on its activities by means of an extensive publishing programme.







Part 1

Articles of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974

Protocol of 1988 relating to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974

Consolidated text of the annex to the 1974 SOLAS Convention and the 1988 Protocol relating thereto

Chapter I General provisions

Chapter II-1 Construction – Structure, subdivision and stability, machinery and electrical installations

Chapter II-2 Construction – Fire protection, fire detection and fire extinction

Chapter III Life-saving appliances and arrangements

Chapter IV Radiocommunications

Chapter V Safety of navigation

Chapter VI Carriage of cargoes and oil fuels

Chapter VII Carriage of dangerous goods

Chapter VIII Nuclear ships

Chapter IX Management for the safe operation of ships

Chapter X Safety measures for high-speed craft

Chapter XI-1 Special measures to enhance maritime safety

Chapter XI-2 Special measures to enhance maritime security

Chapter XII Additional safety measures for bulk carriers

Appendix Certificates


Part 2

Annex 1 Certificates and documents required to be carried on board ships

Annex 2 List of resolutions adopted by the SOLAS Conferences

A​​s a specialized agency of the United Nations, IMO is the global standard-setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping. Its main role is to create a regulatory framework for the shipping industry that is fair and effective, universally adopted and universally implemented.  

In other words, its role is to create a level playing-field so that ship operators cannot address their financial issues by simply cutting corners and compromising on safety, security and environmental performance. This approach also encourages innovation and efficiency.

Shipping is a truly international industry, and it can only operate effectively if the regulations and standards are themselves agreed, adopted and implemented on an international basis. And IMO is the forum at which this process takes place.

Title: SOLAS Consolidated Edition, 2014 (KF110E) (eBook)
Subtitle: International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, As Amended 2014
Number of Pages: 495
Product Code: MM1394EA
ISBN: ISBN 13: 9789280115949, ISBN 10: 9280115944
Published Date: August 2014

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