Annex - Amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 (SOLAS 1974)
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Annex - Amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 (SOLAS 1974)

Chapter II-1 - Construction Structure, Subdivision and Stability, Machinery and Electrical Installations

Part B-4 - Stability management

1 The following new regulation 25-1 is added after existing regulation 25 with the associated footnotes:

  • "Regulation 25-1

    Water level detectors on multiple hold cargo ships other than bulk carriers and tankers

    1 Multiple hold cargo ships other than bulk carriers and tankers constructed on or after 1 January 2024 shall be fitted with water level detectorsfootnote in each cargo hold intended for dry cargoes. Water level detectors are not required for cargo holds located entirely above the freeboard deck.

  • 2 The water level detectors required by paragraph 1 shall:

    • .1 give audible and visual alarms at the navigation bridge, one when the water level above the bottom of the cargo hold reaches a height of not less than 0.3 m, and another at a height not less than 15% of the depth of the cargo hold but not more than 2 m; and

    • .2 be fitted at the aft end of the cargo holds. For cargo holds which are occasionally used for water ballast, an alarm overriding device may be installed. The visual alarms shall clearly discriminate between the two different water levels detected in each hold.

  • 3 As an alternative to the water level detector at a height of not less than 0.3 m as per sub-paragraph 2.1, a bilge level sensorfootnote serving the bilge pumping arrangements required by regulation 35-1 and installed in the cargo hold bilge wells or other suitable location is considered acceptable, subject to:

    • .1 the fitting of the bilge level sensor at a height of not less than 0.3 m at the aft end of the cargo hold; and

    • .2 the bilge level sensor giving audible and visual alarm at the navigation bridge which is clearly distinctive from the alarm given by the other water level detector fitted in the cargo hold.

 Chapter III - Life-Saving Appliances and Arrangements

Part B - Requirements for ships and life-saving appliances

Regulation 33 Survival craft embarkation and launching arrangements

1 Paragraph 33.2 is replaced by the following:

  • "2 On cargo ships of 20,000 gross tonnage and upwards, davit-launched lifeboats shall be capable of being launched, utilizing painters where necessary, with the ship making headway at speeds up to 5 knots in calm water."


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