SOLAS requirements coming up for Fire Fighter radios

The IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), adopted the following amendment to SOLAS regulation II-2/10 regarding fire fighters’ communication: “For ships constructed on or after 1 July 2014, a minimum of two two-way portable radiotelephone apparatus for each fire party for fire-fighter’s communication shall be carried on board. Those two-way portable radiotelephone apparatus shall be of…

Reminder: SOLAS container mass verification requirements (VGM)

The IMO issued a reminder regarding the termination on 1 October of the “practical and pragmatic approach” toward enforcement of the verified gross mass (VGM) requirement for shipping containers prior to loading. In other words, this “soft” enforcement period is no longer in effect from October 1st, 2016. What are the new rules? On 1 July…

New Cruise Passenger Drill Rules to Enter Force

New requirements for musters of newly embarked passengers prior to or immediately upon departure come into force January 1, 2015. Further SOLAS amendments entering into force address enclosed-space entry and rescue drills and the code for recognized organizations. The amended regulation III/19 in the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea was adopted in…