Appendix - Draft Template for an MSC Circular on Voluntary Early Implementation
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Appendix - Draft Template for an MSC Circular on Voluntary Early Implementation

 VOLUNTARY EARLY IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AMENDMENT[S] TO [] ADOPTED BY RESOLUTION MSC.[]([])

1 The Maritime Safety Committee, at its [] session ([dates of the session]), adopted the amendment[s] to [].

2 The entry-into-force date of the aforementioned amendment[s] is [date].

3 In adopting the amendment[s] to [], the Committee, having considered the need for [its][their] voluntary early implementation, in accordance with the Guidelines on the voluntary early implementation of amendments to the 1974 SOLAS Convention and related mandatory instruments (MSC.1/Circ.1565), agreed to invite the Contracting Governments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, as amended, to implement [it][them] prior to the entry-into-force date.

4 Voluntary early implementation should be communicated by a Contracting Government to the Organization for dissemination through GISIS.

5 In addition to the aforementioned communication, a Contracting Government may also consider the use of the existing provisions for equivalent arrangements under SOLAS regulation I/5 to cover the interim period between the date of the voluntary early implementation and the entry-into-force date of the amendment[s].

6 A Contracting Government, in line with paragraph 1.2.3 of the Procedures for Port State Control, 2011 (resolution A.1052(27)), as may be amended, when acting as a port State, should refrain from enforcing its decision to voluntarily early implement the amendment[s] to [] to ships entitled to fly the flag of other Contracting Governments, calling at its ports.

7 The Contracting Governments, when undertaking port State control activities, should take into account the present invitation and any subsequent notifications communicated by other Contracting Governments through GISIS.

8 Contracting Governments are invited to be guided accordingly and to bring the contents of this circular to the attention of all concerned, especially port State control authorities and recognized organizations.


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