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The Maritime Safety Committee

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

 RECALLING ALSO that by resolution A.751(18) the Assembly approved Interim Standards for ship manoeuvrability (the Interim standards), whereby Governments were recommended to encourage those responsible for the design, construction, repair and operation of ships to apply the Interim Standards and invited to collect data obtained by the application of the Interim Standards and report them to the Organization,

 RECALLING FURTHER that by circular MSC/Circ.1053 the Committee approved Explanatory notes to the Standards for ship manoeuvrability, to provide Administrations with specific guidance so that adequate data may be collected by the Organization on the manoeuvrability of ships,

 RECOGNIZING the manoeuvring capability of ships to be an important contribution to the safety of navigation,

 BELIEVING that the development and implementation of standards for ship manoeuvrability, particularly for large ships and ships carrying dangerous goods in bulk, will improve maritime safety and enhance marine environmental protection,

 HAVING CONSIDERED the recommendation made by the Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Equipment at its forty-fifth session,

  1. ADOPTS the Standards for ship manoeuvrability, the text of which is set out in the Annex to the present resolution;

  2. INVITES Governments to encourage those responsible for the design, construction, repair and operation of ships to apply the Standards to ships constructed on or after 1 January 2004;

  3. RESOLVES that the provisions annexed to the present resolution supersede the provisions annexed to resolution A.751(18).

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