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SOLAS where to look


  A quick handy guide to the SOLAS Chapters


As a quick pause in the certificates handy guides here is a quick handy guide to the SOLAS chapters. SOLAS is the top level legislation for the majority of the Maritime safety  related subjects so knowing what it contains in ‘big handfuls’ is useful knowledge.

What is the full name for SOLAS?

The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974solas

 Its aim is to promote safety of life at sea.

When was it implemented?

Adoption: 1 November 1974; entry into force: 25 May 1980

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“The SOLAS Convention in its successive forms is generally regarded as the most important of all international treaties concerning the safety of merchant ships. The first version was adopted in 1914, in response to the Titanic disaster, the second in 1929, the third in 1948, and the fourth in 1960. The 1974 version includes the tacit acceptance procedure – which provides that an amendment shall enter into force on a specified date unless, before that date, objections to the amendment are received from an agreed number of Parties.” IMO Website 2016

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The SOLAS chapters with a summary of some of their contents

Chapter I – General Provisions

  • Surveys
  • Certification
  • Port state controlLoadlines

Chapter II-1 – Construction: Structure, Subdivisions and Stability, Machinery and Electrical Installations

  • Subdivision
  • Pumping arrangements
  • Stability requirements
  • Essential systems

Chapter II-2 – Construction: Fire Protection, Fire Detection and Fire img_20160915_072700_hdr.jpgExtinction

  • Fire zones
  • Fire boundaries
  • Fire detection
  • Means of escape
  • Access for fire-fighting
  • Fire extinguishing appliences

Chapter III – Life-Saving Appliances

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  • Rescue boats
  • Lifejackets

Chapter IV – Radiocommunications

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Chapter V – Safety of Navigation

  • Metrological services
  • Ice patrol services
  • Routeing Search and rescue
  • Distress
  • VDRs
  • AIS

Chapter VI – Carriage of Cargoes and Oil Fuels

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Chapter VII – Dangerous Goods

  • Part A Dangerous goods in package form
  • Part B Dangerous chemicals in bulk
  • Part C    Liquefied gases in bulk

Part D Radioactive substances

Chapter VIII – Nuclear Ships

Chapter IX – ISM

  • ISM code

Chapter X – High-Speed Craft

  • HSC code

Chapter XI-1 – Special Measures to Enhance Maritime Safety

  • Authorisation of organisations
  • Enhanced surveys
  • Ship identification numbers
  • Port state control

Chapter XI-2 – Special Measures to Enhance Maritime Security

  • ISPS codeWharfs
  • Ship alert system
  • Port facilities
  • Control of ships in port

Chapter XII – Additional Safety Measures for Bulk Carriers

  • Structural requirements for bulk carriers

Chapter XIII – Verification of Compliance

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Chapter XIV-Safety measures for ships operating in polar waters

      • The Polar Code

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Top ten MGN’s-ship’s lifeboats

UK Marine Notices  (MGNs and MSNs) are excellent sources of information for anyone studying for Officer of Watch, Chief Mate and Master’s examinations, even for those not sailing under the British flag. Here are the top ten of the Notices covering the subject of lifeboats.

Follow the links to read the notice.

1. MSN 1803 (M) – Lifeboats – Measures to Prevent Accidents

2. MGN 540 (M+F) – Life-Saving Appliances – Lifeboats and Rescue Boats – Fitting of ‘Fall Preventer Devices’ to Reduce the Danger of Accidental Hook Release

3. MGN 541 (M+F) – Life-Saving Appliances – Lifeboats and Rescue Boats – Evaluation and Replacement of Lifeboat Release and Retrieval Systems (LRRS)

4. MSN 1722 (M+F) – Guidelines for Training Crews for the Purpose of Launching Lifeboats and Rescue Boats from Ships Making Headway through the Water

5. MGN 464 (M+F) – Life-Saving Appliances: Lifeboats and Rescue Boats – Weight Increase from Water Ingress

6. MGN 34 (M+F) – Lifeboat Engines and Other Compression Ignition Engines Used in an Emergency

7. MGN 78 (M+F) – Launching Crews for Lifeboats, Rescue Boats, Class C Boats, Inflatable Boats and Other Boats

8. MSN 1186 (M) – Lifeboat Winches Fitted with a Roller Ratchet Mechanism

9. MSN 1676 (M) – The Merchant Shipping (Life-Saving Appliances for Ships Other Than Ships of Classes III to VI(A)) Regulations 1999 – The Merchant Shipping (Life-Saving Appliances for Passenger Ships of Classes III to VI(A)) Regulations 1999

10. MSN 1677 (M) – The Merchant Shipping (Life-Saving Appliances for Ships Other Than Ships of Classes III to VI(A)) Regulations 1999

(For ships constructed before 1ST JULY 1986)

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