Amendment to SOLAS chapter VII – Regulation 4

At 90thsession held from 16 to 25 May 2012 Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) adopted amendment to SOLAS chapter VII – Regulation 4. The new text will replace the existing text and will come in force from 1 January 2014.

PSC inspection of motor vessel Union Anton
PSC inspection of motor vessel Union Anton (Photo credit: U.S. Coast Guard)

New text is as below

Regulation 4 –   Documentation

 1 Transport information relating to the carriage of dangerous goods in packaged form and the container/vehicle packing certificate shall be in accordance with the relevant provisions of the IMDG Code and shall be made available to the person or organization designated by the port State authority.

2 Each ship carrying dangerous goods in packaged form shall have a special list, manifest or stowage

plan setting forth, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the IMDG Code, the dangerous goods on board and the location thereof. A copy of one of these documents shall be made available before departure to the person or organization designated by the port State authority.

Regulation 4 is envisaged entry-into-force date of 1 January 2014, in order to align the entry-into-force date of the aforementioned SOLAS amendments with that of the amendments to the IMDG Code scheduled to be adopted in 2012