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Statutory Documents - IMO Publications and Documents - International Conferences - SOLAS/CONF.4 - Resolutions of the Conference of Contracting Governments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 (November 1997) - Resolution 1 - Adoption of amendments to the annex to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 (Adopted on 27 November 1997) - The Conference,

The Conference,

 RECALLING article VIII(c) of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 (hereinafter referred to as "the Convention"), concerning the procedure for amending the Convention by a Conference of Contracting Governments,

 NOTING resolutions A.713(17) and A.797(19) adopted by the Assembly of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), concerning the safety of ships carrying solid bulk cargoes,

 BEING DEEPLY CONCERNED at the continued loss of ships carrying bulk cargoes, sometimes without a trace, and the heavy loss of life incurred,

 RECOGNIZING the urgent need to further improve the safety standards of ships carrying solid bulk cargoes, in all aspects of their design, equipment and operation to avoid recurrence of such casualties,

 HAVING CONSIDERED amendments to the annex to the Convention proposed and circulated to all Members of IMO and all Contracting Governments to the Convention,

  1. ADOPTS, in accordance with article VIII(c)(ii) of the Convention, amendments to the annex to the Convention the text of which is set out in the annex to the present resolution;

  2. DETERMINES, in accordance with article VIII(b)(vi)(2)(bb) of the Convention, that the amendments shall be deemed to have been accepted on 1 January 1999, unless, prior to that date, more than one third of Contracting Governments to the Convention or Contracting Governments the combined merchant fleets of which constitute not less than 50% of the gross tonnage of the world's merchant fleet, have notified the Secretary-General of IMO of their objections to the amendments;

  3. INVITES Contracting Governments to note that, in accordance with article Vlll(b)(vii)(2) of the Convention, the amendments shall enter into force on 1 July 1999 upon their acceptance in accordance with paragraph 2 above.

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