New IMO-Vega online and offline versions

The database contains updated and consolidated IMO documents including resolutions from the Assembly 31st session, MEPC committee 75th session, MSC committee 102nd session - and circulars and interpretations including April 2021.

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.

In this release, i.a. parts of MARPOL Annex VI, SOLAS Chapter II-1, Other Conventions; BWM, Mandatory Codes; IMDG, IGC, IGF, CSS, STCW Pt.B and Other Codes; TDC were all renewed.

Further, both explanatory notes and interpretations to SOLAS Chapter II-1, as well as evaluation and test report forms for LSA were renewed, and interim guidelines on the second generation intact stability criteria were published.

In last release (October 2020), adopted resolution and circulars from the extraordinary session September 2020, due to the COVID‑19 pandemic, was presented.

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


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27 July 2021

IMO update: Sub-Committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments (III 7)

The 7th session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments (III 7) was held remotely from 12 to 16 July 2021. III 7 revised the procedures for port state control and survey guidelines under the harmonized system of survey and certification (HSSC). III 7 further discussed lessons learned and safety issues identified from the analysis of marine safety investigation reports and proposed to look further into accidents involving elevators.

  • Maritime
25 June 2021

New MARPOL requirement on designated fuel oil sampling points

The 0.50% global sulphur limit for fuel oil used or carried for use has been in force since 1 January 2020. Three months later the so-called carriage ban took effect which prohibits carriage of fuel exceeding the global sulphur limit in the fuel oil tanks. To follow up on the new requirement and enable PSC to take representative samples of the fuel oil being used onboard, in-use sampling points needs to be designated. This statutory news summarizes the sampling point requirement.

  • Maritime
17 June 2021

IMO update: Marine Environment Protection Committee – MEPC 76

The 76th session of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 76) was held remotely with a limited agenda from 10 to 17 June 2021. MEPC 76 adopted technical and operational measures to reduce carbon intensity of international shipping, taking effect from 2023. The measures include the Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI), the enhanced Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) and the Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) rating scheme.

  • Maritime
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