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Statutory Documents - IMO Publications and Documents - Resolutions - Maritime Safety Committee - Resolution MSC.35(63) - Adoption of Guidelines for Emergency Towing Arrangements on Tankers - (adopted on 20 May 1994)Amended by Resolution MSC.132(75) - The Maritime Safety Committee

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 the Assembly, at its thirteenth session, when adopting resolution A.535(13) concerning Recommendation on emergency towing requirements for tankers, requested the Committee to keep the Recommendation under review, in particular in respect to new towing concepts which may be introduced and to report as necessary to the Assembly,

 NOTING that tankers, including oil tankers, gas carriers and chemical tankers, in emergencies such as complete mechanical breakdowns, may need to be towed out of danger, and that technologically advanced towing arrangements have been developed since the adoption of resolution A.535(13), whose provisions need revision to incorporate new towing concepts,

 NOTING ALSO that the new regulation V/15-1 of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, as adopted by the Committee in May 1994, requires that all tankers of not less than 20,000 tonnes deadweight shall be fitted with an emergency towing arrangement, the design and construction of which shall be approved by the Administration based on the Guidelines developed by the Organization,

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

  1. ADOPTS the Guidelines for Emergency Towing Arrangements on Tankers, the text of which is set out in the Annex to the present resolution and which supersedes resolution A.535(13);

  2. RECOMMENDS that all Governments concerned take appropriate steps to implement the Guidelines.

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