Interim versions of amended documents available in IMO-Vega online

The online version of IMO-Vega is extended with interim versions of consolidated regulations and resolutions which were amended or introduced by MSC 104 (October 2021) and by MEPC 77 (November 2021), and by new circulars updated since last release.

Relevant for Design offices, shipyards, suppliers, owners/managers, flag states of all ship types. 

The IMO-Vega database

IMO-Vega is a searchable database of the regulation text of the SOLAS, MARPOL, Load Line conventions and other conventions, and codes such as ISM, ISPS, 2000 HSC Code, IBC Code, and much more.

The IMO-Vega Database, developed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and DNV AS, puts all the necessary information on safety and pollution prevention requirements applicable to ships at your fingertips.

IMO-Vega has been updated with PDF documents in which the latest amendments of main instruments have been marked. Further, new or amended independent guidelines, performance standards etc. issued as resolutions have been added. These PDF files will be available until the next version of IMO-Vega is released in May, when the PDF documents will be replaced by a regular update.

The instruments amended by MSC.104 include Load Lines (88), Mandatory Code; IGC. Further, the amended performance standards for S-VDRs and for VDRs. These performance standards can be viewed from Contents > Resolutions > MSC Resolutions.

Also three resolutions (i.a. one new guideline) adopted by MEPC.77 are presented. These can be viewed from Contents > Resolutions > MEPC Resolutions. MEPC 77 did not adopt amendments of any instruments.

Further, new or revised circulars as published since last release (November 2021) are presented in PDF. These include MSC.1, MEPC.1 and MEPC.2 circulars as well as Other circulars; BWM, LEG, SN, TC. These can be viewed from Contents > Circulars > MSC/Circs, MEPC/Circs. or Other Circs, respectively.

Forthcoming amendments to the mandatory conventions and codes are highlighted in green. Ref. Table of Contents > IMO requirements by enter into force date.


The online and offline versions are available on IMO’s website for IMO-Vega. They may also contact IMO publishing at


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10 November 2023

How to reduce the risk of propeller shaft bearing damage

In January 2022, DNV published a technical news drawing attention to the latest trend related to propeller shaft aft bearing damage on vessels, typically 10 years or older. This trend continues, and many of the reported damages are encountered on installations using environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) and/or involving a history of operation with a contaminated lubricant. This news focuses on how to reduce the risk of shaft aft bearing damage.

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