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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 ALSO resolution A.739(18) entitled Guidelines for the authorization of organizations acting on behalf of the Administration, as amended by resolution MSC.208(81), and resolution A.789(19) entitled Specifications on the survey and certification functions of recognized organizations acting on behalf of the Administration, which have become mandatory under chapter XI-1 of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974 (hereinafter referred to as "the 1974 SOLAS Convention"), under chapter I of annex I to annex B of the Protocol of 1988 relating to the International Convention on Load Lines, 1966 (hereinafter referred to as "the 1988 Load Lines Protocol"), and under Annex I and Annex II of the MARPOL Convention,

 RECOGNIZING the need to update the aforementioned resolutions, gather all the applicable requirements for recognized organizations in a single IMO mandatory instrument and assist in achieving harmonized and consistent global implementation of requirements established by IMO instruments for the assessment and authorization of recognized organizations,

 RECOGNIZING ALSO the need for a code to provide, as far as national laws allow, a standard approach to assist the Administrations in meeting their responsibilities in recognizing, authorizing and monitoring their recognized organizations,

 NOTING resolutions MSC.350(92) and MSC.356(92), by which it adopted, inter alia, amendments to the 1974 SOLAS Convention and to the 1988 Load Lines Protocol, respectively, to make the provisions of part 1 and part 2 of the Code for recognized organizations mandatory under the 1974 SOLAS Convention and the 1988 Load Lines Protocol,

 NOTING ALSO resolution MEPC.237(65) by which the Marine Environment Protection Committee adopted the Code for recognized organizations to be made mandatory under annex I and annex II of the Protocol of 1978 relating to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973,

 HAVING CONSIDERED, at its ninety-second session, the text of the proposed Code for recognized organizations,

 CONSIDERING that it is highly desirable for the Code for recognized organizations made mandatory under the MARPOL Convention, the 1974 SOLAS Convention and the 1988 Load Lines Protocol to remain identical,

  • 1 ADOPTS the Code for recognized organizations (RO Code), the text of which is set out in the annex to the present resolution;

  • 2 INVITES Contracting Governments to the 1974 SOLAS Convention and Parties to the 1988 Load Lines Protocol to note that the RO Code will take effect on 1 January 2015 upon the entry into force of the respective amendments to the 1974 SOLAS Convention and 1988 Load Lines Protocol;

  • 3 REQUESTS the Secretary-General to transmit certified copies of the present resolution and the text of the RO Code contained in the annex to all Contracting Governments to the 1974 SOLAS Convention and Parties to the 1988 Load Lines Protocol;

  • 4 ALSO REQUESTS the Secretary-General to transmit copies of this resolution and the annex to all Members of the Organization which are not Contracting Governments to the 1974 SOLAS Convention or Parties to the 1988 Load Lines Protocol;

  • 5 RECOMMENDS Governments concerned to use the recommendatory provisions contained in part 3 of the RO Code as a basis for relevant standards, unless their national requirements provide at least an equivalent degree of safety.


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