Changes in some of the statutory certificate formats from 1st July 2009

According to new SOLAS Amendments as per resolution MSC 240(83), changes in the certificate templates have been introduced to Passenger Ship Safety Certificate, Cargo Ship Safety Certificate, Cargo Ship Safety Construction Certificate and Cargo Ship Safety Equipment Certificate. Similar Amendments are brought to the forms for the Nuclear Passenger Safety Certificate and the Nuclear Cargo Ship Safety Certificate contained in the appendix to the Annex to the 1974 SOLAS Convention.

For details please refer to IMO Resolutions MSC 240(83)


MSD Sheets mandatory from 1st July 2009 for MARPOL Annex I cargoes and marine fuel oils

The new SOLAS amendment effective from 1st July requires to all new and existing ships, carrying MARPOL Annex I cargoes (oil) and marine fuel oils, to be provided with a material safety data sheet prior to loading such cargoes. The regulation refers to the Recommendation for material safety datasheets (MSDS) for MARPOL Annex I cargoes and marine fuel oils initially introduced by IMO in 77th session of safety committee.

For details please refer to IMO Resolutions MSC 150(77) and MSC 239(83).


ISPS Code applicable for all Cargo Ships over 500 GRT as per ITC 1969

Interim Scheme adopted by the IMO Maritime Safety Committee per MSC/ Circ.1157 dated 23 May 2005, allowing vessels over 500 GRT as per ITC 1969 but with previous national tonnage less than 500 GRT to not comply with the ISPS Code, ceased to exist on July 1, 2008. Now all vessels over 500 GRT as per the ITC 1969 shall comply with the ISPS Code.

To download a copy of MSC/Circ. 1157 please click here