Collision Regulations Rules 39, 40 and 41
Verification of Compliance
A quick pause before commencing the next topic on ship certification to have a look at a change in the Collision Regulations introduced in January 2016. This change introduced a complete new section to the rules; section F. Section F is concerned with flag state implementation of the Convention, and will have no direct impact on vessels at sea.
PART F – VERIFICATION OF COMPLIANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THE CONVENTION
Rule 39 Definitions
(a) Audit means a systematic, independent and documented process for obtaining audit evidence and evaluating it objectively to determine the extent to which audit criteria are fulfilled.
(b) Audit Scheme means the IMO Member State Audit Scheme established by the Organization and taking into account the guidelines developed by the Organization.
(c) Code for Implementation means the IMO Instruments Implementation Code (III Code) adopted by the Organization by resolution A.1070(28). (d) Audit Standard means the Code for Implementation.
Rule 40 Application
Contracting Parties shall use the provisions of the Code for Implementation in the execution of their obligations and responsibilities contained in the present Convention.
Rule 41 Verification of compliance
(a) Every Contracting Party shall be subject to periodic audits by the Organization in accordance with the audit standard to verify compliance with and implementation of the present Convention.
(b) The Secretary-General of the Organization shall have responsibility for administering the Audit Scheme, based on the guidelines developed by the Organization.
(c) Every Contracting Party shall have responsibility for facilitating the conduct of the audit and implementation of a programme of actions to address the findings, based on the guidelines developed by the Organization.
(d) Audit of all Contracting Parties shall be:
(i) based on an overall schedule developed by the Secretary-General of the Organization, taking into account the guidelines developed by the Organization; and
(ii) conducted at periodic intervals, taking into account the guidelines developed by the Organization.
- Framework and Procedures for the IMO Member State Audit Scheme (resolution A.1067(28)).
- IMO supplement to the COLREGS
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