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.

   Marpol Consolidated 2017 Edition     

 

  • 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 Volume III

     

     

     

     

    Required Publications

    Publication Name

    Most Recent Edition

    *IMO nr/ANS nr

    Mandatory By

    Applicable Vessels

    Comments

    IBC Code

    2020

    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

    2019 Edition

    IJ962E
    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

    2020 Consolidated Edition
    E/IG110E
    N/A
    All

    MARPOL

    2017 Consolidated
    E/IE520E
    N/A
    All

    Load Lines

    2005 Edition
    E/IB701E
    N/A
    All

    STCW

    2017 Edition
    E/ID938E
    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

    2017 Edition
    E/IE982E
    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) 6th Edition

    6th Edition
    E/9781856099189 
    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

    2018 Edition
    E/IL200E
    N/A
    Vessels transporting dangerous goods.
    Dangerous goods in bulk or package form. 2014 Edition valid until December 31st, 2017

    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

    2018 Edition
    E/II260E
    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)

    5th Edition
    WS1569W
    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.