IMO Publication Carriage Requirements On Board Vessels

 

  • Current International Maritime Organization (IMO) publication carriage requirements were approved by the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC,) held from May 10 to 19, 2006 and the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC,) held from July 18 to 22, 2005, (See MSC-MEPC.2/Circ.2) and are detailed in Required Publications below.

  • The MSC and MEPC shall review and update the list of required publications, as required.

  • Instruments, such as Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS,) International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution From Ships (MARPOL,) Load Lines (LL,) the Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) and the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) are concerned with many operational aspects, including: navigational responsibilities, safety and training drills, safe handling of cargo, prevention of oil spills, watchkeeping standards and collision avoidance measures. While not expressly required, these instruments may be necessary in order to enhance crew members' knowledge and the incorporation of required provisions.

 

  • Many countries have national instruments, which incorporate required instruments; when such instruments are carried on board it is not necessary to carry required publications.

  • Publications may be stored in electronic format, such as on a CD or hard drive, instead of carrying physical paper copies. Electronic publications must issued by the IMO or authorized administrations to prevent illegal copying and to ensure the completeness and accuracy of data. An electronic storage method may contain one publication or many: all data should be handled in accordance with Safety Management System (SMS) document control procedures regular updates.

  • Publications for emergency use, such as the International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue (IAMSAR) Manual and the International Code of Signals should always be readily available in physical, paper form so that they may be readily accessed in emergency situations, including during power outages and so that they are not restricted in the physical space in which they may be accessed.

  •  IAMSAR Manual Volume III, 2016 Edition

 

 

 

 

Required Publications

Publication Name

Most Recent Edition

*IMO nr/ANS nr

Mandatory By

Applicable Vessels

Comments

IBC Code

2016

Edition

E/ID100E
IBC, paragraph 16.2.1
Chemical Tankers
Constructed on or after July 1, 1986

BCH Code

2008 Edition

E/IC772E
BCH, paragraph 5.2.1
Chemical Tankers
Constructed on or after July 1, 1986

IGC Code

1993 Edition

E/I104E
IGC, paragraph 18.1.3
Gas Carrier
Constructed on or after July 1, 1986 

IGC Code

2016 Edition

E/IA104E
IGC, paragraph 18.1.2
Gas Carrier
Gas carriers constructed after July 1, 1986 and before July 1, 2016 should have a copy of the 1993 edition with all the supplements in addition to the 2016 edition, unless copies of national regulations incorporating the provisions of the IGC Code are provided on board ship, in which case the IMO publication of the IGC Code need not be carried on board. All new builds constructed after July  1, 2016 will require a copy of the 2016 edition of the IGC Code on board ship. Administrations may also choose to have a copy of the 2016 edition of the IGC Code for reference.

International Code of Signals ¹

2005 Edition

IA994E
SOLAS Chapter V, Regulation 21.1

All

IAMSAR Manual Volume III ¹

2016 Edition

II962E
SOLAS
Chapter V,
Regulation 21.2

All

Nautical Charts & Publications ²

SOLAS
Chapter V, Regulation 19.2.1
&
Chapter V, Regulation 27

All

See below for details.

Publications Required by International Safety Management (ISM) Code

ISM Code, paragraphs 1.2.3 and 11.3

All

Ship SMS manuals contain details of additional required publications.

ODS Logbook

MARPOL
Annex VI Reg.12

All

Logbook for vessels with ODS

(Ozon depleting substances) containing systems or equipment.

 

All publications on board vessels, in any of format, should be the most current edition or updated with the latest corrections. Unless stated otherwise, official digital publications are permitted. It is recommended however mariners consult with their respective flag state authority regularly on the use of digitized publications and their acceptance.

*E = Available in electronic format.

¹ Emergency use copies of these publications must always be readily available in physical, paper editions.

² Nautical Charts & Publications

  1. Adequate charts for the intended voyage – up to date
  2. Chart catalog – up to date
  3. Admiralty Sailing Directions / NGA Sailing Directions
  4. Admiralty List of Lights / NGA List of Lights
  5. Notices to Mariners
  6. Admiralty Tide Tables / NOAA Tide Tables
  7. Mariners Handbook
  8. Nautical Almanac
  9. Navigational Tables
  10. Admiralty List Of Radio Signals Volumes I to VI Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) / NGA Radio Aids
  11. Tidal stream atlases
  12. Ocean Passages for the World

The following table provides carriage guidance on international regulatory materials; easy access to which is useful for mariners on board vessels. It also provides guidance on appropriate listed publications in the vessel's SMS manual or relevant extracts from which that may be included in the SMS manual. The following are recommended publications in accordance with applicable international instruments for carriage on board vessels.

 

 

Recommended Publications

Publication Name

Most Recent Edition

*IMO nr

/ANS nr

Mandatory By

Applicable Vessels

Comments

All Vessels

SOLAS

2014 Consolidated Edition
E/IF110E
N/A
All

MARPOL

2011 Consolidated
E/ID520E
N/A
All

Load Lines

2011 Edition
E/ID520E
N/A
All

STCW

2011 Edition
E/IC938E
N/A
All vessels with
exception to fishing vessels

STCW - F 95

1996 Edition
E/I915E
N/A
Fishing Vessels

COLREGS

2003 Edition
E/IB904E
N/A
All

Tonnage Measurements of Ships 1969

1969 Edition
E/I713E
N/A
All

LSA Code

2010 Edition
E/ID982E
N/A
All

FSS Code

2015 Edition
E/IB155E
N/A
All

ISPS Code

2012 Edition
E/IA116E
N/A
All

Bridge Procedures Guide

5th Edition
E/BPG-2016
N/A
All

IMO Standard Marine Communication Phrases (SMCP)

2004 Edition
E/IA987E
N/A
Applicable to all vessels to which SOLAS chapter I applies.

Class Related

High Speed Craft (2000 HSC)

2000 Edition
E/IA185E
N/A
High Speed Craft
Constructed on and after July 1, 2002

High Speed Craft (1994 HSC)

1994 Edition
E187E
N/A
High Speed Craft
Constructed on and after January 1, 1996 and before July 1, 2002. Available as e-book only.

MODU Code 2009

2009 Edition
E/I810E
N/A
Mobile offshore drilling unit
Constructed on and after Jan 1, 2012

MODU Code 2001

2001 Edition
E/I811E
N/A
Mobile offshore drilling unit
Constructed on before Jan 1, 2012

OSV Code

2001 Edition
E/I288E
N/A
Offshore supply vessels

 

Cargo Related

Tanker Safety Guide (Liquified Gas)

2nd 1995 edition
0906270030
N/A
LNG Tankers

ICS Tanker Safety Guide (Chemicals)

4th 2014 Edition
TSG2014


N/A
Chemical Tankers

ISGOTT (International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals) 5th Edition

5th Edition
E/9781856092913
N/A
Oil Tankers

International Grain Code

1991 Edition
E/I240E
N/A
Vessels transporting grain cargo

 

Gas Carrier Code

1983 Edition
E/I782E
N/A
Gas Carrier
Constructed before July 1, 1986

International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code

2014 Edition
E/IJ200E
N/A
Vessels transporting dangerous goods.
Dangerous goods in bulk or package form. 2012 Edition valid until January 1, 2016

Maritime Carriage of Nuclear Substances

1972 Edition
E429B
N/A
Vessels transporting INF cargo
Available as e-book only.

International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code

2013 Edition
E/IG260E
N/A
All
Solid bulk cargoes.

BLU Code

2011 Edition
E/IA266E
N/A
Bulk Carriers

 

Cargo Stowage & Securing (CSS) Code

2011 Edition
E/IB292E
N/A
Cargo Securing

Code of safe practice for ships carrying timber deck cargoes

2011 Edition
E/IA275E
N/A
Vessels transporting timber on deck

Convention for Safe Containers (CSC)

2014 Edition
E/IC282E
N/A
Vessels transporting containers

 

Operations Related

Polar water guidelines

2010 Edition
E/I190E
N/A
Vessels sailing in Polar areas

Best Management Practices (BIMCO)

3rd Edition
WS1311EA
N/A
Vessels sailing trough areas with piracy activity reported
Available as e-book only.

ICS Guide to helicopter/ship operations

4th 2009 Edition
E/GTHS
N/A
Vessels involved in helicopter operations

 

*E = Available in electronic format.

Note: No actions should be filed by control authorities from surveyors, port states and/or ISM code auditors for vessels, which do not carry these publications. Carriage of these publications is optional unless such publications are required by the ship's Administration and/or SMS manual. All publications on board ships must be the latest editions or updated with current information.

 

Disclaimer: American Nautical Services, Inc. assumes no responsibility for the accuracy and contents of this article.The information in this article has been provided for informational purposes only. Mariners should consult with their respective flag state authority, company administration, and safety management system (SMS) to ensure compliance with all current chart and publication carriage requirements on the domestic and international level.

 

  • Current International Maritime Organization (IMO) publication carriage requirements were approved by the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC,) held from May 10 to 19, 2006 and the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC,) held from July 18 to 22, 2005, (See MSC-MEPC.2/Circ.2) and are detailed in Required Publications below.

  • The MSC and MEPC shall review and update the list of required publications, as required.

  • Instruments, such as Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS,) International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution From Ships (MARPOL,) Load Lines (LL,) the Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) and the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) are concerned with many operational aspects, including: navigational responsibilities, safety and training drills, safe handling of cargo, prevention of oil spills, watchkeeping standards and collision avoidance measures. While not expressly required, these instruments may be necessary in order to enhance crew members' knowledge and the incorporation of required provisions.

 

  • Many countries have national instruments, which incorporate required instruments; when such instruments are carried on board it is not necessary to carry required publications.

  • Publications may be stored in electronic format, such as on a CD or hard drive, instead of carrying physical paper copies. Electronic publications must issued by the IMO or authorized administrations to prevent illegal copying and to ensure the completeness and accuracy of data. An electronic storage method may contain one publication or many: all data should be handled in accordance with Safety Management System (SMS) document control procedures regular updates.

  • Publications for emergency use, such as the International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue (IAMSAR) Manual and the International Code of Signals should always be readily available in physical, paper form so that they may be readily accessed in emergency situations, including during power outages and so that they are not restricted in the physical space in which they may be accessed.

  •  IAMSAR Manual Volume III, 2016 Edition

 

 

 

 

Required Publications

Publication Name

Most Recent Edition

*IMO nr/ANS nr

Mandatory By

Applicable Vessels

Comments

IBC Code

2016

Edition

E/ID100E
IBC, paragraph 16.2.1
Chemical Tankers
Constructed on or after July 1, 1986

BCH Code

2008 Edition

E/IC772E
BCH, paragraph 5.2.1
Chemical Tankers
Constructed on or after July 1, 1986

IGC Code

1993 Edition

E/I104E
IGC, paragraph 18.1.3
Gas Carrier
Constructed on or after July 1, 1986 

IGC Code

2016 Edition

E/IA104E
IGC, paragraph 18.1.2
Gas Carrier
Gas carriers constructed after July 1, 1986 and before July 1, 2016 should have a copy of the 1993 edition with all the supplements in addition to the 2016 edition, unless copies of national regulations incorporating the provisions of the IGC Code are provided on board ship, in which case the IMO publication of the IGC Code need not be carried on board. All new builds constructed after July  1, 2016 will require a copy of the 2016 edition of the IGC Code on board ship. Administrations may also choose to have a copy of the 2016 edition of the IGC Code for reference.

International Code of Signals ¹

2005 Edition

IA994E
SOLAS Chapter V, Regulation 21.1

All

IAMSAR Manual Volume III ¹

2016 Edition

II962E
SOLAS
Chapter V,
Regulation 21.2

All

Nautical Charts & Publications ²

SOLAS
Chapter V, Regulation 19.2.1
&
Chapter V, Regulation 27

All

See below for details.

Publications Required by International Safety Management (ISM) Code

ISM Code, paragraphs 1.2.3 and 11.3

All

Ship SMS manuals contain details of additional required publications.

ODS Logbook

MARPOL
Annex VI Reg.12

All

Logbook for vessels with ODS

(Ozon depleting substances) containing systems or equipment.

 

All publications on board vessels, in any of format, should be the most current edition or updated with the latest corrections. Unless stated otherwise, official digital publications are permitted. It is recommended however mariners consult with their respective flag state authority regularly on the use of digitized publications and their acceptance.

*E = Available in electronic format.

¹ Emergency use copies of these publications must always be readily available in physical, paper editions.

² Nautical Charts & Publications

  1. Adequate charts for the intended voyage – up to date
  2. Chart catalog – up to date
  3. Admiralty Sailing Directions / NGA Sailing Directions
  4. Admiralty List of Lights / NGA List of Lights
  5. Notices to Mariners
  6. Admiralty Tide Tables / NOAA Tide Tables
  7. Mariners Handbook
  8. Nautical Almanac
  9. Navigational Tables
  10. Admiralty List Of Radio Signals Volumes I to VI Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) / NGA Radio Aids
  11. Tidal stream atlases
  12. Ocean Passages for the World

The following table provides carriage guidance on international regulatory materials; easy access to which is useful for mariners on board vessels. It also provides guidance on appropriate listed publications in the vessel's SMS manual or relevant extracts from which that may be included in the SMS manual. The following are recommended publications in accordance with applicable international instruments for carriage on board vessels.

 

 

Recommended Publications

Publication Name

Most Recent Edition

*IMO nr

/ANS nr

Mandatory By

Applicable Vessels

Comments

All Vessels

SOLAS

2014 Consolidated Edition
E/IF110E
N/A
All

MARPOL

2011 Consolidated
E/ID520E
N/A
All

Load Lines

2011 Edition
E/ID520E
N/A
All

STCW

2011 Edition
E/IC938E
N/A
All vessels with
exception to fishing vessels

STCW - F 95

1996 Edition
E/I915E
N/A
Fishing Vessels

COLREGS

2003 Edition
E/IB904E
N/A
All

Tonnage Measurements of Ships 1969

1969 Edition
E/I713E
N/A
All

LSA Code

2010 Edition
E/ID982E
N/A
All

FSS Code

2015 Edition
E/IB155E
N/A
All

ISPS Code

2012 Edition
E/IA116E
N/A
All

Bridge Procedures Guide

5th Edition
E/BPG-2016
N/A
All

IMO Standard Marine Communication Phrases (SMCP)

2004 Edition
E/IA987E
N/A
Applicable to all vessels to which SOLAS chapter I applies.

Class Related

High Speed Craft (2000 HSC)

2000 Edition
E/IA185E
N/A
High Speed Craft
Constructed on and after July 1, 2002

High Speed Craft (1994 HSC)

1994 Edition
E187E
N/A
High Speed Craft
Constructed on and after January 1, 1996 and before July 1, 2002. Available as e-book only.

MODU Code 2009

2009 Edition
E/I810E
N/A
Mobile offshore drilling unit
Constructed on and after Jan 1, 2012

MODU Code 2001

2001 Edition
E/I811E
N/A
Mobile offshore drilling unit
Constructed on before Jan 1, 2012

OSV Code

2001 Edition
E/I288E
N/A
Offshore supply vessels

 

Cargo Related

Tanker Safety Guide (Liquified Gas)

2nd 1995 edition
0906270030
N/A
LNG Tankers

ICS Tanker Safety Guide (Chemicals)

4th 2014 Edition
TSG2014


N/A
Chemical Tankers

ISGOTT (International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals) 5th Edition

5th Edition
E/9781856092913
N/A
Oil Tankers

International Grain Code

1991 Edition
E/I240E
N/A
Vessels transporting grain cargo

 

Gas Carrier Code

1983 Edition
E/I782E
N/A
Gas Carrier
Constructed before July 1, 1986

International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code

2014 Edition
E/IJ200E
N/A
Vessels transporting dangerous goods.
Dangerous goods in bulk or package form. 2012 Edition valid until January 1, 2016

Maritime Carriage of Nuclear Substances

1972 Edition
E429B
N/A
Vessels transporting INF cargo
Available as e-book only.

International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code

2013 Edition
E/IG260E
N/A
All
Solid bulk cargoes.

BLU Code

2011 Edition
E/IA266E
N/A
Bulk Carriers

 

Cargo Stowage & Securing (CSS) Code

2011 Edition
E/IB292E
N/A
Cargo Securing

Code of safe practice for ships carrying timber deck cargoes

2011 Edition
E/IA275E
N/A
Vessels transporting timber on deck

Convention for Safe Containers (CSC)

2014 Edition
E/IC282E
N/A
Vessels transporting containers

 

Operations Related

Polar water guidelines

2010 Edition
E/I190E
N/A
Vessels sailing in Polar areas

Best Management Practices (BIMCO)

3rd Edition
WS1311EA
N/A
Vessels sailing trough areas with piracy activity reported
Available as e-book only.

ICS Guide to helicopter/ship operations

4th 2009 Edition
E/GTHS
N/A
Vessels involved in helicopter operations

 

*E = Available in electronic format.

Note: No actions should be filed by control authorities from surveyors, port states and/or ISM code auditors for vessels, which do not carry these publications. Carriage of these publications is optional unless such publications are required by the ship's Administration and/or SMS manual. All publications on board ships must be the latest editions or updated with current information.

 

Disclaimer: American Nautical Services, Inc. assumes no responsibility for the accuracy and contents of this article.The information in this article has been provided for informational purposes only. Mariners should consult with their respective flag state authority, company administration, and safety management system (SMS) to ensure compliance with all current chart and publication carriage requirements on the domestic and international level.