The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974, currently in force, was adopted on 1 November 1974 by the International Conference on Safety of Life at Sea, which was convened by the International Maritime Organization (IMO)

SOLAS CONSOLIDATED EDITION

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The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974, currently in force, was adopted on 1 November 1974 by the International Conference on Safety of Life at Sea, which was convened by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and entered into force on 25 May 1980. It has since been amended twice by means of protocols:

In addition, the 1974 SOLAS Convention has been amended by means of resolutions adopted either by IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) in its expanded form specified in SOLAS article VIII or by Conferences of SOLAS Contracting Governments, also specified in article VIII, as follows:

Furthermore, the 1974 SOLAS Convention has recently been amended by resolutions MSC.350(92), MSC.365(93) and MSC.366(93) which would enter into force on 1 January 2015, 1 January 2016 and 1 January 2016, respectively, subject to their acceptance in accordance with article VI11 (b)(vi)(2)(bb) of the Convention.*

In addition to the above-mentioned amendments, the 1978 SOLAS Protocol has been amended, as follows:

The 1988 SOLAS Protocol has also been amended, as follows:

This publication, compiled by the Secretariat to provide an easy reference to SOLAS requirements, 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.

The publication has been arranged in two parts:

The operational requirements contained in this consolidated text are, in general, applicable to all ships, whilst the requirements for ship construction and equipment apply to ships constructed on or after the dates specified in the various regulations. To identify construction and equipment requirements applicable to ships constructed before 2014, previous texts of the 1974 SOLAS Convention, the 1988 SOLAS Protocol and the amendments to the Convention should be consulted.

Those requirements of chapter I and of the appendix to the annex to the 1974 SOLAS Convention which have been modified by the 1988 SOLAS Protocol are indicated by the symbol Ш. No similar symbol is shown for requirements of the 1974 SOLAS Convention which were modified by the 1978 SOLAS Protocol because, whilst, in respect of chapter I of the Convention, the requirements thereof have been replaced and abrogated by the 1988 SOLAS Protocol, as between Parties to the Protocol, for requirements in other chapters of the Convention, they have been superseded by SOLAS amendments subsequently adopted.

In general, this publication reproduces the text of the 1974 SOLAS Convention and the 1988 SOLAS Protocol and includes the modifications and amendments thereto given in their authentic texts. In addition, it includes some minor editorial changes, which, while not altering the substance, aim at achieving a degree of consistency between the texts of the 1974 SOLAS Convention and the 1988 SOLAS Protocol and the various amendments.

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