Introduction to SOLAS V - 2002
V, Safety of Navigation: Substantial revisions to this
annex to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at
Sea (SOLAS V) came into force on 1 July 2002. The new Regulations
are implemented under UK legislation by the Merchant Shipping
(Safety of Navigation) Regulations, 2002.
The Regulations replaced the 1974 Chapter V, which came into force
in 1980 (referred to as SOLAS V/74)
This publication has been prepared to help ship-owners, masters,
crews and industry to understand and comply with the SOLAS Regulations
and offers practical guidance on how they should be implemented.
is important that all parties fully understand the requirements
of Chapter V and the associated documents and recognise their
own specific responsibilities under each Regulation.
For each Regulation the full IMO text is given. This is followed
by explanatory Guidance Notes for the Regulation. The Guidance
Notes also refer to ANNEXES and other relevant documents.
text of the IMO Regulations forms an integral part of the Merchant
Shipping (Safety of Navigation) Regulations 2002. The Guidance
Notes following each Regulation and contained in Annexes and other
documents do not have any statutory force.
These state to whom each Regulation applies. Certain Regulations
are addressed to Contracting Governments, being
IMO Member States which have ratified the Convention. They also
refer to Administrations, which are the bodies of
those Member States responsible for enforcing the Regulations.
The UK Administration is the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
Other Regulations are primarily addressed to the Company
and other industrial bodies. These, in the main, cover procedures,
structure and layout of the bridge and navigational equipment.
Other Regulations address the responsibilities of the ship's
master and crew.
The term Company in the Regulations should be interpreted
as the SOLAS IX (ISM) definition: "Company" means
the owner of the ship or any other organization or person such
as the manager, or the bareboat charterer, who has assumed the
responsibility for operation of the ship and who on assuming such
responsibility has agreed to take over all the duties and responsibilities
imposed by the International Safety Management Code.
The SOLAS Regulations apply to all ships on all voyages, unless
provided otherwise. Regulation 1 provides for certain exceptions.
Reflecting this the UK's MS (Safety of Navigation) Regulations
2002 apply to all UK ships wherever they may be and to all other
ships while they are in UK waters. A "UK ship" in this
context includes not only a ship registered in the UK but also
one that is not registered anywhere, but is British owned. The
UK Regulations similarly provide for exceptions (see Regulation
changes: The UK Regulations, on coming into force, repealed
some provisions in the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 and revoked
a number of Statutory Instruments. They also made some consequential
amendments. These repeals, revocations and amendments are listed
in Schedules 1 and 2 to the UK Regulations.
provisions and penalties: Attention is drawn to the supplementary
provisions which are contained in Schedule 3 to the UK Regulations
and the criminal penalties which are attached to non-compliance
with the regulations which are contained in Schedule 4.
changes to SOLAS V - Amendments or additions to the IMO
Regulations are implemented from time to time through IMO Resolutions.
In accordance with Regulation 5(4) of the MS (Safety of Navigation)
Regulations, 2002, any changes to SOLAS Chapter V implemented
through IMO Resolutions will be given effect in UK legislation
by changes to this MCA document ("Safety of Navigation, Implementing
SOLAS Chapter V, 2002".) Any such changes will be given effect
by the promulgation of a Merchant Shipping Notice. (The changes
up to January 2007 are promulgated in MSN
changes made to date since 2002 have been incorporated in this
edition of the document. An indication of which section of any
Regulation that has been changed and the associated IMO Resolution
is noted in the relevant Guidance Note. Any future changes will
be promulgated through an MSN, and the Web version on the MCA
Website will be amended at the same time. Replacement pages to
this document will also be printed.
Publications: Guidance Notes refer to Admiralty Charts
and Publications which are obtainable from Admiralty chart agents
or the UK Hydrographic Office, Admiralty Way, Taunton, Somerset
TA1 2DN. (www.ukho.gov.uk)
M Notices: Guidance Notes contained in this publication
supersede the following Merchant Shipping Notices:
24, MGN 28, MGN 54, MGN 57, MGN 72, MGN 109, MGN 133, MGN 153,
MGN 166, M.760, M.1104, M.1638, M.1641, MSN 1688, MSN 1716.
publication also supersedes "Merchant Shipping Navigational
Equipment - Instructions to Surveyors."
Links: Addresses of relevant web sites are provided throughout
the document and are listed below:
Maritime and Coastguard Agency Tel:
Spring Place Fax:
105 Commerial Road