IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), which meets at the Organization’s London headquarters for its 94th session, from 17 to 21 November 2014, is expected to adopt the Polar Code and related amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) to make it mandatory.
The MSC will also have a number of other items on its busy agenda, including approval of the draft SOLAS amendments to make mandatory the International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code); further work on its action plan on passenger ship safety; and the consideration of items put forward by the sub-committees.
Draft mandatory Polar Code and SOLAS amendments to be considered for adoption. The MSC will be invited to consider, with a view to adoption, the draft International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code), and the proposed draft new SOLAS chapter XIV “Safety measures for ships operating in polar waters”, to make the Code (Preamble, Introduction and Part I-A (Safety measures)) mandatory.
The draft SOLAS amendments were approved at the last session, with a view to adoption at the current session, along with the Polar Code.