If you are a bridge watchkeeper and have the time to read any one part of SOLAS, then this chapter should be it. Within its many regulations are many directly relevant to the keeping of a safe navigational watch.
The chapter is even more useful when used as a starting point for further study; as a framework to hang other knowledge on.
This page contains an index of Navsregs posts on SOLAS V, posts that for a starting point for the exploration of The Safety of Navigation.
A quick introduction to SOLAS V
What ships does SOLAS V apply to?
The chapter applies to all ships on all voyages, except:
- Warships, naval auxiliaries and other ships owned or operated by a Contracting Government and used only on government non-commercial service. However, such vessels are encouraged to act in a manner consistent, so far as reasonable and practicable, with the chapter.
- Vessels in the Great Lakes and connected waters when navigating west of Quebec.
Flag states can decide how much of the chapter applies to the following vesses:
- Ships operating solely in waters landward of the baselines which are established in accordance with international law.
- Ships below 150 gross tonnage engaged on any voyage
- Ships below 500 gross tonnage not engaged on international voyages
- Fishing vessels
What are the contents of SOLAS Chapter V?
- Regulation 1 -Application
- Regulation 2 -Definitions
- Regulation 3 -Exemptions and Equivalents
- Regulation 4 -Navigational Warnings
- Regulation 5 -Meteorological services and warnings
- Regulation 6 -Ice Patrol Service
- Regulation 7 -Search and rescue services
- Regulation 8 -Life-saving signals
- Regulation 9 -Hydrographic Services
- Regulation 10 -Ships’ Routeing
- Regulation 11 -Ship Reporting Systems
- Regulation 12 -Vessel Traffic Services
- Regulation 13 -Establishment and operation of aids to navigation
- Regulation 14 -Ships’ manning
- Regulation 15 -Principles relating to bridge design, design and arrangement of navigational systems and equipment and bridge procedures
- Regulation 16 -Maintenance of Equipment
- Regulation 17 -Electromagnetic compatibility
- Regulation 18 -Approval, surveys and performance standards of navigational systems and equipment and voyage data recorder
- Regulation 19 -Carriage requirements for shipborne navigational systems and equipment
- Regulation 19-1 -Long Range Identification and Tracking of Ships
- Regulation 20 -Voyage data recorders
- Regulation 21 -International Code of Signals
- Regulation 22 -Navigation bridge visibility
- Regulation 23 -Pilot transfer arrangements
- Regulation 24 -Use of heading and/or track control systems
- Regulation 25 -Operation of main source of electrical power and steering gear
- Regulation 26 -Steering gear: Testing and drills
- Regulation 27 -Nautical charts and nautical publications
- Regulation 28-Records of navigational activities and daily reporting
- Regulation 29 -Life-saving signals to be used by ships, aircraft or persons in distress
- Regulation 30 -Operational limitations
- Regulation 31 -Danger Messages
- Regulation 32 -Information required in danger messages
- Regulation 33 -Distress Situations: Obligations and procedures
- Regulation 34 -Safe navigation and avoidance of dangerous situations
- Regulation 34-1 -Master’s Discretion
- Regulation 35 -Misuse of distress signals
Further sources of information on SOLAS V
- Click here for the UK MCA guidance on Chapter V>
- Click here for Chapter V on the IMO website>
- Click here for RYA guidance on SOLAS V>
- Click here for the IMO Safety of Navigation page>
The Really Handy Study Guides
These are all available in the Kindle Format, and cover the Collision Regulations, semananship and Certification.