Means of access for inspection – finally agreed by IMO

We reported last week that IMO/MSC 76 will take a decision on a new SOLAS requirement to ensure that ships built in the near future have in-built means of easy access for close-up inspections.

We anticipated that the issue would be concluded easily and planned a full report of the text on the new regulation and its Technical Provisions today. To our surprise, a few Governments have suggested significant modifications to the previous draft proposal and the final decision was delayed until very late this week. The new requirements, which technically represent significant amendments to SOLAS regulation II-1/12.2, could not be adopted without a voting process being carried out by the Parties to SOLAS (result: 66 for and 7 against). Due to the late decision and to the significant modifications made to the final text of the Technical Provision of the new requirements, we will revert next week with a full report including copies of the final text and an analysis of the implications of these new requirements. The requirements will only apply to new buildings with a delivery date on and after 1 January 2005.

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