The 108th session of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) was held from May 15 to May 24, 2024. This committee is pivotal in discussing and setting regulations related to maritime safety and security.

Two key issues currently under consideration are:

  • Developing a safety regulatory framework to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by using alternative fuels and new technologies.
  • Creating a code for the regulation of maritime autonomous ships.

Key Outcomes from MSC 108:

  • Amendments to the International Gas Carrier (IGC) Code:

Ammonia as Fuel: Amendments to the IGC Code were agreed upon to allow ammonia cargo to be used as fuel. These amendments are pending adoption, with an expected entry into force date of July 2026. A circular will be issued in December 2024 to allow for voluntary early application, subject to the approval of the flag Administration.

  • Amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS):

Chapter II-1: Introduction of emergency towing arrangements on ships other than tankers.

Chapters II-2 and V: Inclusion of various fire protection amendments and new requirements for reporting lost or observed containers.

Chapters II, IV, and VI of the Life-Saving Appliance (LSA) Code: New standards for SOLAS lifejackets; Single hook and fall systems on survival craft; Revised standards for lowering speeds when launching survival craft.

Chapters 7 and 9 of the Fire Safety Systems (FSS) Code: Specifications for fixed water-based fire-extinguishing systems on ro-ro passenger ships with weather decks designed for vehicle carriage; Applicable test standards for heat detectors and linear heat detectors.

Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) Code: The agreement on the voluntary MASS Code has been delayed, which will also impact the timeline for adopting the mandatory Code.

The above summary is relevant for a wide range of stakeholders in the maritime industry:

  • Designers: Professionals involved in creating ship designs that comply with new regulations.
  • Shipyards: Facilities responsible for the construction, repair, and maintenance of ships.
  • Shipowners: Individuals or companies owning ships and ensuring they meet regulatory standards.
  • Ships’ Crews: Personnel working on ships who need to be aware of and comply with safety regulations.
  • Ship Managers and Equipment Manufacturers: Entities involved in managing ship operations and producing ship equipment that must adhere to updated safety standards.
  • Port Authorities: Organizations managing ports, which must enforce and comply with international maritime regulations.
  • Flag Administrations: National maritime authorities responsible for enforcing regulations on vessels registered under their flag.

For more details on the IMO and MSC sessions, visit the official IMO website.

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