Interpretation of regulation -1/1.3
of the 1974 SOLAS Convention, as amended
1. The Maritime Sefety Committee, as its sixty-second
session (24 to 28 May 1993), noted that the existing text of regulation -1/1.3
of the 1974 SOLAS Convention, as amended, which refers to the application date
of 1 July 1986, was valid only with respect to the 1983 SOLAS amendments entered
into force on 1 July 1986, but does not cover satisfactorily subsequent
amendments adopted by committee.
Having considered the recommendations made by the sub-committee on stability and
Load L ines and Fishing Vessels Safety, the committee agreed to the following
interpretation of SOLAS regulation -1/1.3 to cover the application of the SOLAS
amendments to existing ships in genenal: " Unless expressly provided otherwise,
an amendments to this chapter should apply to ships constructed on or after the
date on which the amendment enters into force. All ships which undergo repairs,
alterations, modifications and requirements previously applicable to such ships.
Such ships, should, as a rule, comply with the requirements for ships
constructed undergoing such repairs, alterations, modifications or outfitting.
Repairs, alterations and modification of a major character and outfitting
related thereto should meet requirements for ships constructed on or after the
date on which the amendment enters into force, in so far as the administration
deems resonable and practicable."
Member Governments are invited to take account of the above interpretation
when applying relevant SOLAS amendments to ships constructed before the
application date of those amendments, pending further action by the committee,
regarding adoption of the interpretation as an amendment to the SOLAS
Convention, in the light of an input in order relevant to be made by the