The Maritime Safety Committee,
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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 FURTHER the relevant provisions of the International Convention on Tonnage Measurement of Ships, 1969,

 RECALLING ALSO circular TM.5/Circ.4 on Provisional formula to calculate a reduced gross tonnage of open-top containerships, whereby the Committee, being concerned with the economic disadvantages caused by the use of greater gross tonnage in comparison with gross tonnage of conventional containerships for the assessment of fees, agreed to recommend a reduced gross tonnage for open-top containerships based on a provisional formula,

 RECALLING ALSO circular TM.5/Circ.5 on Interpretations of the provisions of the International Convention on Tonnage Measurement of Ships, 1969, in particular section 3 entitled “Open-top containerships”,

 NOTING that, by the aforementioned circular TM.5/Circ.4, Governments were invited to submit to the Organization information on open-top containerships in operation and under consideration which would enable the assessment of the final coefficients in the formula, including principal dimensions, gross tonnage underdeck and ondeck carrying capacities of containers, deadweight etc.,

 HAVING RECOGNIZED that based on the provisions included in circular MSC/Circ.608/Rev.1, open-top containerships are designed and constructed to a high safety level in particular. This applies to improved protection and securing of containers,

 NOTING that, in view of the explicit amendment procedure of the 1969 Tonnage Measurement Convention, it may require a significant period of time for any amendment to become effective,

 REALIZING the need for the establishment of the principles for the treatment and unified application of tonnage measurement of open-top containerships,

 HAVING CONSIDERED, at its eighty-second session, the recommendation made by the Sub-Committee on Stability and Load Lines and on Fishing Vessels Safety, at its forty-ninth session,

  1 ADOPTS the Recommendations concerning tonnage measurement of open-top containerships, the text of which is set out in the Annex to the present resolution;

  2 AGREES that Governments which are Contracting Governments to the 1969 Tonnage Measurement Convention should use these Recommendations when applying the provisions of the Convention;

  3 INVITES Governments to advise the ports and harbours authorities to apply the Recommendations when assessing fees based on reduced gross tonnage for open-top containerships;

  4 REVOKES circular TM.5/Circ.4 and section 3 entitled “Open-top containerships” of circular TM.5/Circ.5.

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