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A Convention is a treaty between States, which have agreed to be bound by it to apply the principles contained in the convention within their sphere. F.e.: a body of regulations adopted by the IMO which regulate one aspect of maritime affairs

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Saving of Life at Sea Convention of the IMO to maintain standards of lifesaving at sea.


Standards of Training and Certification of Watchkeepers Convention of the IMO to maintain standards of watchkeeping at sea.


The IMO convention for International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue that replaces the SAR convention and Mersar manual.


International Dangerous Goods Code, an IMO Convention to assist in safe carriage of dangerous cargos.


Search and Rescue Convention of the IMO to maintain and promote uniform standards in Search and rescue.


An IMO Convention to standardise International maritime law.


A voyage defined under Regulation 2 of the SOLAS Convention that applies to port outside the country.


International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, as amended


International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973 as modified by the Protocol of 1978.

Contains the following Anexes:

Annex I Regulations for the Prevention of Pollution by Oil (entered into force 2 October 1983)

Regulates prevention of pollution by oil from operational measures as well as from accidental discharge.

Annex II Regulations for the Control of Pollution by Noxious Liquid Substances in Bulk (entered into force 2 October 1983)

States discharge criteria and measures for the control of pollution by noxious liquid substances carried in bulk.

Annex III Prevention of Pollution by Harmful Substances Carried by Sea in Packaged Form (entered into force 1 July 1992)

General requirements for the issuing of detailed standards on packing, marking, labelling, documentation, stowage, quantity limitations, exceptions and notifications.

Annex IV Prevention of Pollution by Sewage from Ships (entered into force 27 September 2003)

Requirements to control pollution of the sea by sewage.

Annex V Prevention of Pollution by Garbage from Ships (entered into force 31 December 1988)

Covers different types of garbage and specifies the distances from land and the manner of disposal.

Annex VI Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships (entered into force 19 May 2005)

Sets limits on SOx and NOx emissions from ship exhausts and prohibits deliberate emissions of ozone-depleting substances; requires technical and operational energy efficiency measures aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ships.


A SOLAS Certificate issued to a vessel with a capacity to carry 12 passengers, after inspection and survey that certifies that the ship has been surveyed in accordance with the requirements of Regulation I/7 of the Convention as regards to the structure.

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