The SOLAS Convention

The Safety Of Life At Sea Convention, known as SOLAS is usually consider the bible of the Merchant navy.

On this blog we will use many Codes or regulations related to the SOLAS. For this reason, today we are going to see how this Convention is structured.

Although the Convention itself includes other chapters and annexs, here we are going to enumerated the fourteen chapters of the SOLAS (soon it will be fifteen with the inclusion of the Chapter XIII regarding Polar navigation):

  • Chapter I. General provisions.
    • Part A: Applications, definitions, etc. (Regulations 1 – 5).
    • Part B: Surveys and certificates (Regulations 6 – 20).
    • Part C: Casualties (Regulation 21).
  • Chapter II-1. Construction – Structure, subdivision and stability, machinery and electrical installations.
    • Part A: General (Regulations 1 – 3).
    • Part A-1: Structure of ships (Regulations 3-1 – 3-12).
    • Part B: Subdivision and stability (Regulation 4).
    • Part B-1: Stability (Regulations 5 – 8-1).
    • Part B-2: Subdivision, watertight an weathertight integrity (Regulations 9 – 17-1).
    • Part B-3: Subdivision load line assignment for passenger ships (Regulation 18).
    • Part B-4: Stability management (Regulations 19 – 25).
    • Part C: Machinery installations (Regulations 26 – 39).
    • Part D: Electrical installations (Regulations 40 – 45).
    • Part E: Additional requirements for periodically unattended machinery spaces (Regulations 46 – 54).
    • Part F: Alternative design and arrangements (Regulation 55).
  • Chapter II-2. Construction – Fire protection, fire detection and fire extinction.
    • Part A: General (Regulations 1 – 3).
    • Part B: Prevention of fire and explosion (Regulations 4 – 6).
    • Part C: Suppression of fire (Regulations 7 – 11).
    • Part D: Escape (Regulations 12 – 13).
    • Part E: Operational requirements (Regulations 14 – 16).
    • Part F: Alternative design arrangements (Regulation 17).
    • Part G: Special requirements (Regulations 18 – 23).
  • Chapter III. Life-saving appliances.
    • Part A: General (Regulations 1 – 5).
    • Part B: Requirements for ships and life-saving appliances (Regulations 6 – 37).
    • Part C: Alternative design and arrangements (Regulation 38).
  • Chapter IV. Radiocommunications.
    • Part A: General (Regulations 1 – 4-1).
    • Part B: Undertakings by Contracting Governments (Regulations 5 – 5-1).
    • Part C: Ship requirements (Regulations 6 – 18).
  • Chapter V. Safety of navigation (Regulations 1 – 35).
  • Chapter VI. Carriage of cargoes and oil fuels.
    • Part A: General provisions (Regulation 1 – 5-2).
    • Part B: Special provisions for solid bulk cargoes (Regulations 6 – 7).
    • Part C: Carriage of grain (Regulations 8 – 9).
  • Chapter VII. Carriage of dangerous goods.
    • Part A: Carriage of dangerous goods in packaged form (Regulations 1 – 6).
    • Part A-1: Carriage of dangerous goods in solid form in bulk (Regulations 7 – 7-5).
    • Part B: Construction and equipment of ships carrying dangerous liquid chemicals in bulk (Regulations 8 – 10).
    • Part C: Construction and equipment of ships carrying liquefied gases in bulk (Regulation 11 – 13).
    • Part D: Special requirements for the carriage of packaged irradiated nuclear fuel, plutonium and high-level radioactive wastes on board ships (Regulations 14 – 16).
  • Chapter VIII. Nuclear ships (Regulations 1 – 12).
  • Chapter IX. Management for the safe operation of ships (Regulations 1 – 6).
  • Chapter X. Safety measures for high-speed craft (Regulations 1 – 3).
  • Chapter XI-1. Special measures to enhance maritime safety (Regulations 1 – 6).
  • Chapter XI-2. Special measures to enhance maritime security (Regulations 1 – 13).
  • Chapter XII. Additional safety measures for bulk carriers (Regulations 1 – 14).
  • Chapter XIII. Verification of compliance. This chapter was made mandatory on 1 January 2016.
  • Chapter XIV. Safety measures for ships operating in polar waters. This is the newest chapter in the SOLAS convention and it makes mandatory from 1 January 2017.