Amendments to SOLAS and MARPOL


A set of amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and the associated Codes are entering into force in 2024.


Regulations coming into force on 1 January 2024

Amendments to SOLAS:

-  chapter II-1 parts B-2 and B-4 on watertight integrity – MSC.474(102)

- regulation II-1/25-1 on water level detectors on multiple hold cargo ships other than bulk carriers and tankers – MSC.482(103)

- chapter II-2 and FSS Code on fire detection systems (Chapter 9) and inert gas systems (Chapter 15) – MSC.484(103) and MSC.457(101)

- chapter III and LSA Code on lifeboats and launching and embarkation appliances – MSC.459(101), MSC.482(103), MSC.485(103), MSC.488(103)

-  II-1, III, IV, and V on modernization of GMDSS – MSC.496(105)

-  Chapter II-1 and IGF Code – MSC.458(101) and MSC.475(102)

-  Chapter VII and IGC Code – MSC.476(102)

Revised FAL Convention – FAL.14(46)


Regulations coming into force on 1 May 2024

Amendments to MARPOL:

- Annexes I, II, IV, V, and VI on port reception facilities in the Arctic region – MEPC.359(79), MEPC.360(79) and MEPC.362(79)

-  Annex V on Garbage Record Books for smaller ships – MEPC.360(79)

-  Annex VI, Regulation 14, and Appendix VII on Mediterranean Sea ECA – MEPC.361(79)

-  Annex VI, Appendix V on fuel flashpoint to be included in BDN – MEPC.362(79)

-  Annex VI, Appendix IX on information to be submitted to IMO-DCS – MEPC.362(79)


Regulations coming into force on 1 July 2024

Amendments to MARPOL:

- Annex I on HFO ban in Arctic waters – MEPC.329(76)

- A new regulation 43A in Chapter 9 of MARPOL Annex I

New SOLAS chapter XV and the new mandatory Code for Industrial Personnel (IP Code) – MSC.521(106) and MSC.527(106)

Amendments to the 2011 ESP Code – MSC.525(106)

International Code on the Enhanced Programme of Inspections during Surveys of Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers, 2011 (2011 ESP Code)


Via: IMO