New IMO-Vega online and offline versions

The database contains updated and consolidated IMO documents including resolutions from the Assembly 31st session, MEPC committee 76th session, MSC committee 103rd session - and circulars and interpretations including October 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.

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.

In this release, i.a. the whole of MARPOL Annex VI with guidelines (i.a. on EEXI, CII and SEEMP) was amended. Further the following instruments were partly amended: MARPOL Annex I and IV, SOLAS Chapter II-1 and III, STCW Convention and Code Pt. A, Other Conventions; AFS, Mandatory Codes; LSA included the revised recommendation, ESP, FSS.

Further, above MEPC- and MSC meetings adopted i.a. prohibition of heavy fuel oil in Arctic water, recommendations on COVID-19 vaccination of seafarers, development of scoping for maritime autonomous surface ships (MASS), guidelines for fishing vessels and pleasure yachts operating in polar waters and amendments to the guidelines for the maintenance and inspections of fixed CO2 systems.

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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08 November 2021

Anchor losses are on a negative trend – How to improve

There has been a negative trend in the loss of anchors and chains in recent years. The safety, environmental and financial consequences can be severe, and port authorities may hold a vessel responsible for all costs caused by a lost anchor for an unlimited period of time. This technical news focuses on operational challenges, current rules and practices, awareness, lesson learned, and recommendations related to anchor equipment damages/losses.

  • Maritime
11 October 2021

IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 104)

The 104th session of the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) was held remotely from 4 to 8 October. The requirements for watertight doors on cargo ships were harmonized, and the Japanese Quasi-Zenith Satellite System was recognized for the provision of position, navigation, and timing services. The MSC also initiated the development of a goal-based instrument for autonomous ships, and the development of guidance for remote surveys and audits.

  • Maritime
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