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Statutory Documents - IMO Publications and Documents - Resolutions - Assembly - IMO Resolution A.789(19) – Specifications on the Survey and Certification Functions of Recognized Organizations Acting on Behalf of the Administration – (Adopted on 23 November 1995) - The Assembly,

The Assembly,

 RECALLING Article 15(j) of the Convention on the International Maritime Organization concerning the functions of the Assembly in relation to regulations and guidelines concerning maritime safety and the prevention and control of marine pollution from ships,

 REAFFIRMING that ships are to comply at all times with the provisions of relevant international conventions, such as the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974, the International Convention on Load Lines (LL), 1966 and the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as modified by the Protocol of 1978 relating thereto (MARPOL 73/78), to ensure prevention of maritime casualties and marine pollution from ships,

 NOTING that Administrations are responsible for taking the necessary measures to ensure that ships flying their States’ flags comply with the provisions of such conventions, including surveys and certification,

 NOTING FURTHER that, under regulation I/6 of the 1974 SOLAS Convention and regulation 4 (now regulation 6) of Annex I and regulation 10 (now regulation 8) of Annex II of MARPOL 73/78, the Administration may entrust the inspections and surveys to nominated surveyors or recognized organizations, and further that the Administration shall notify the Organization of the specific responsibilities and conditions of the authority delegated to nominated surveyors or recognized organizations,

 DESIRING to develop uniform procedures and mechanisms for the delegation of authority to recognized organizations acting on behalf of the Administration, which would assist flag States in the uniform and effective implementation of the relevant IMO conventions,

 RECALLING that the Assembly, at its eighteenth session, adopted resolution A.739(18) concerning guidelines for the authorization of organizations acting on behalf of the Administration, whereby the Maritime Safety Committee and the Marine Environment Protection Committee were requested to develop, as a matter of urgency, detailed specifications on the precise survey and certification functions of recognized organizations for attachment to the Guidelines,

 HAVING CONSIDERED the recommendations made by the Maritime Safety Committee at its sixty-fifth session and the Marine Environment Protection Committee at its thirty-seventh session,

  1. ADOPTS the Specifications on the Survey and Certification Functions of Recognized Organizations Acting on Behalf of the Administration set out in the annex to the present resolution;

  2. URGES Governments as soon as possible to:

  • (a) apply the said Specifications in conjunction with the annex to resolution A.739(18); and

  • (b) review the standards of already recognized organizations in the light of these Specifications;

  3. REQUESTS the Maritime Safety Committee and the Marine Environment Protection Committee to review these Specifications with a view to improving them as necessary.


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