February 28, 2008 | Mark Paradies

International Maritime Organization to Consider Amended SOLAS to Provide New Accident Investigation Code

IMO’s Maritime Safety Division’s Maritime Safety Committee is considering amending SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea  Convention) at their May meeting. The amended standard would become effective in 2009.

The amended code would make it mandatory for flag states to carry out investigations and will make a distinction between establishing what happened and apportioning liability.

To meet the new requirements flag states will have to establish investigation bodies, such as the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch, or use third party investigators.

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