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Maritime Safety Committee

 RECALLING Article 28(b) of the Convention on the International Maritime Organization concerning the functions of the Committee,

 NOTING that specialized types of ships with unusual design and operational characteristics may differ from those of conventional merchant ships subject to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 (hereafter referred to as the “1974 SOLAS Convention”),

 ALSO NOTING that, by virtue of the specialized nature of the work undertaken by these ships, special personnel are carried, who are neither crew members nor passengers as defined in the 1974 SOLAS Convention,

 RECOGNIZING that certain safety standards supplementing those of the 1974 SOLAS Convention may be required for special purpose ships,

 NOTING FURTHER that the Assembly, at its thirteenth session, adopted, by resolution A.534(13), the Code of Safety for Special Purpose Ships and authorized the Committee to amend the Code as necessary,

  1. ADOPTS the Code of Safety for Special Purpose Ships, 2008 (2008 SPS Code), the text of which is set out in the Annex to the present resolution, as an amendment to the Code adopted by the Assembly by resolution A.534(13);

  2. DETERMINES that the 2008 SPS Code supersedes the SPS Code adopted by resolution A.534(13) for special purpose ships certified on or after 13 May 2008;

  3. INVITES all Contracting Governments to the 1974 SOLAS Convention to take appropriate steps to give effect to the present Code as soon as possible;

  4. REQUESTS the Assembly to endorse the action taken by the Maritime Safety Committee.

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