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Statutory Documents - IMO Publications and Documents - Resolutions - Assembly - IMO Resolution A.739(18) – Guidelines for the Authorization of Organizations Acting on Behalf of the Administration – (Adopted on 4 November 1993)Amended by Resolution MSC.208(81) - 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,

 RECOGNIZING the importance of ships being in compliance with the provisions of relevant international conventions, such as SOLAS 74, Load Lines 66, MARPOL 73/78 and STCW 78, to ensure prevention of maritime casualties and marine pollution from ships,

 NOTING that the Administrations are responsible for taking 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 a mechanism for the delegation of authority to, and the minimum standards for, recognized organizations acting on behalf of the Administration, which would assist flag States in the uniform and effective implementation of the relevant IMO conventions,

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

  1. ADOPTS the Guidelines for the Authorization of 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 Guidelines; and

  • (b) review the standards of already recognized organizations in the light of the Minimum Standards for Recognized Organizations Acting on Behalf of the Administration set out in appendix 1 to the annex to the present resolution;

  3. REQUESTS the Maritime Safety Committee and the Marine Environment Protection Committee:

  • (a) to review the Guidelines and Minimum Standards with a view to improving them as necessary; and

  • (b) to develop, as a matter of urgency, detailed specifications on the precise survey and certification functions of recognized organizations;

  4. REQUESTS the Secretary-General to collect from Member Governments information on the implementation of the present resolution.


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