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The Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (COLREG 1972) has been accepted by many States since it was adopted in 1972 and entered into force in July 1977. It was amended in 1981, 1987, 1989, 1993 and 2001. This publication contains the fully consolidated text of the 1972 Convention. It supersedes the 2002 consolidated edition.

IB904E - COLREG (2003 Edition)

The Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (COLREG 1972) has been accepted by many States since it was adopted in 1972 and entered into force in July 1977. It was amended in 1981, 1987, 1989, 1993 and 2001. This publication contains the fully consolidated text of the 1972 Convention. It supersedes the 2002 consolidated edition.
The Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) Manual provides, in a single comprehensive publication, an explanation of the principles upon which the GMDSS is based, the radiocommunication requirements and recommendations for its implementation,the operational performance standards
and technical specifications to be met by GMDSS equipment, and the procedures for and method of operation of the various radio services which form the GMDSS and the Master Plan for the GMDSS.

II970E - GMDSS Manual (2019 Edition)

The Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) Manual provides, in a single comprehensive publication, an explanation of the principles upon which the GMDSS is based, the radiocommunication requirements and recommendations for its implementation,the operational performance standards and technical specifications to be met by GMDSS equipment, and the procedures for and method of operation of the various radio services which form the GMDSS and the Master Plan for the GMDSS.
This User Guide has been developed to consolidate existing IMO maritime security-related material into an easily read companion guide to SOLAS chapter XI-2 and the ISPS Code in order to assist States in promoting maritime security through development of the requisite legal framework, associated administrative practices, procedures and the necessary material, technical and human resources.
It includes the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code).

IA116E - Guide to Maritime Security and the ISPS Code (2012 Edition)

This User Guide has been developed to consolidate existing IMO maritime security-related material into an easily read companion guide to SOLAS chapter XI-2 and the ISPS Code in order to assist States in promoting maritime security through development of the requisite legal framework, associated administrative practices, procedures and the necessary material, technical and human resources. It includes the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code).
The Mobile Facilities volume is intended to be carried on board rescue units, aircraft and vessels to help with the performance of a search, rescue or on-scene coordinator function and with aspects of search and rescue that pertain to their own emergencies.
The Action Cards contained in Volume III are also available to purchase separately in English.

IJ962E - IAMSAR Manual, Volume III – Mobile Facilities (2019 Edition)

The Mobile Facilities volume is intended to be carried on board rescue units, aircraft and vessels to help with the performance of a search, rescue or on-scene coordinator function and with aspects of search and rescue that pertain to their own emergencies. The Action Cards contained in Volume III are also available to purchase separately in English.
The International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code) includes revisions to various sections of the Code and to transport requirements for specific substances. Amendment 39-18 of the Code is mandatory from 1 January 2020 but may be applied by Administrations on a voluntary basis from 1 January 2019.
The two-volume Code is divided into seven parts: Volume 1 comprises parts 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7 of the Code. Volume 2 contains part 3 (Dangerous Goods list, special provisions and exceptions), appendices A and B and an index.

IM200E - IMDG Code (2020 Edition, incorporating amendment 40-20)

The International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code) includes revisions to various sections of the Code and to transport requirements for specific substances. Amendment 39-18 of the Code is mandatory from 1 January 2020 but may be applied by Administrations on a voluntary basis from 1 January 2019. The two-volume Code is divided into seven parts: Volume 1 comprises parts 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7 of the Code. Volume 2 contains part 3 (Dangerous Goods list, special provisions and exceptions), appendices A and B and an index.
This edition of the Code incorporates all amendments adopted by the Maritime Safety Committee up
to 2000.
The Code is intended for communications between ships, aircraft and authorities ashore during situations related essentially to the safety of navigation and persons; it is especially useful when language difficulties arise. The Code is suitable for transmission by all means of communication, including radiotelephony and radiotelegraphy.

IA994E - International Code of Signals (2005 Edition)

This edition of the Code incorporates all amendments adopted by the Maritime Safety Committee up to 2000. The Code is intended for communications between ships, aircraft and authorities ashore during situations related essentially to the safety of navigation and persons; it is especially useful when language difficulties arise. The Code is suitable for transmission by all means of communication, including radiotelephony and radiotelegraphy.
The International Code for Fire Safety Systems (FSS Code) presents engineering specifications for fire safety equipment and systems required by SOLAS chapter II-2 including, among others:
international shore connections; personnel protection: fire extinguishers: fixed gas fire-extinguishing systems; fixed foam fire-extinguishing systems; fixed pressure water-spraying and watermist fire-extinguishing systems; automatic sprinkler, fire detection and fire alarm systems; fixed fire detection and fire alarm systems; sample extraction smoke detection systems; low-location lighting systems; fixed emergency fire pumps; arrangement of means of escape; fixed deck foam systems; inert gas systems; and fixed hydrocarbon gas detection systems.

IB155E - FSS Code (2015 Edition)

The International Code for Fire Safety Systems (FSS Code) presents engineering specifications for fire safety equipment and systems required by SOLAS chapter II-2 including, among others: international shore connections; personnel protection: fire extinguishers: fixed gas fire-extinguishing systems; fixed foam fire-extinguishing systems; fixed pressure water-spraying and watermist fire-extinguishing systems; automatic sprinkler, fire detection and fire alarm systems; fixed fire detection and fire alarm systems; sample extraction smoke detection systems; low-location lighting systems; fixed emergency fire pumps; arrangement of means of escape; fixed deck foam systems; inert gas systems; and fixed hydrocarbon gas detection systems.
This publication contains the three most important IMO instruments dealing with life-saving appliances, namely the International Life-Saving Appliance (LSA) Code, the Revised Recommendation on Testing
of Life-Saving Appliances and the Code of Practice for Evaluation, Testing and Acceptance of Prototype Novel Life-Saving Appliances.

IE982E - Life-Saving Appliances inc. LSA Code (2017 Edition)

This publication contains the three most important IMO instruments dealing with life-saving appliances, namely the International Life-Saving Appliance (LSA) Code, the Revised Recommendation on Testing of Life-Saving Appliances and the Code of Practice for Evaluation, Testing and Acceptance of Prototype Novel Life-Saving Appliances.
The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973 (MARPOL Convention), is concerned with preserving the marine environment through the prevention of pollution by oil and other harmful substances and the minimization of accidental discharge of such substances. Its technical content is laid out in six Annexes, the first five of which were adopted by the 1973 Convention, as modified by a 1978 Protocol. These cover pollution of the sea by oil, by noxious liquid substances
in bulk, by harmful substances in packaged form, by sewage from ships and by garbage from ships. Annex VI was adopted by a further Protocol in 1997 and covers air pollution from ships.
The 2017 consolidated edition aims to provide an easy and comprehensive reference to the up-to-date provisions and unified interpretations of the articles, protocols and Annexes of the MARPOL Convention, including the incorporation of all of the amendments that have been adopted by the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC).

IE520E - MARPOL (Consolidated Edition, 2017)

The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973 (MARPOL Convention), is concerned with preserving the marine environment through the prevention of pollution by oil and other harmful substances and the minimization of accidental discharge of such substances. Its technical content is laid out in six Annexes, the first five of which were adopted by the 1973 Convention, as modified by a 1978 Protocol. These cover pollution of the sea by oil, by noxious liquid substances in bulk, by harmful substances in packaged form, by sewage from ships and by garbage from ships. Annex VI was adopted by a further Protocol in 1997 and covers air pollution from ships. The 2017 consolidated edition aims to provide an easy and comprehensive reference to the up-to-date provisions and unified interpretations of the articles, protocols and Annexes of the MARPOL Convention, including the incorporation of all of the amendments that have been adopted by the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC).
The SOLAS Consolidated Edition 2020 is an essential reference for maritime administrations, ship manufacturers, owners and operators, shipping companies, education institutes and all others concerned with requirements of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea.
In order to provide an easy reference to all SOLAS requirements
applicable from 1 January 2020, this edition presents a consolidated text of the Convention, its Protocols of 1978 and 1988 and all amendments in effect from that date. Additionally, this edition includes Unified Interpretations to SOLAS regulations, which were adopted by the Maritime Safety Committee

IG110E - SOLAS (Consolidated Edition, 2020)

The SOLAS Consolidated Edition 2020 is an essential reference for maritime administrations, ship manufacturers, owners and operators, shipping companies, education institutes and all others concerned with requirements of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea. In order to provide an easy reference to all SOLAS requirements applicable from 1 January 2020, this edition presents a consolidated text of the Convention, its Protocols of 1978 and 1988 and all amendments in effect from that date. Additionally, this edition includes Unified Interpretations to SOLAS regulations, which were adopted by the Maritime Safety Committee
A comprehensive review of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978 (STCW 1978) commenced in January 2006 and culminated in a Conference of Parties to the STCW Convention, held in Manila, Philippines, from 21 to 25 June 2010, that adopted a significant number of amendments to the STCW Convention and STCW Code.
This publication contains the Final Act of the 2010 Conference of Parties to the 1978 STCW Convention, resolutions adopted by that Conference, and a complete, consolidated text of the STCW Convention, including its original articles, revised annex and supporting STCW Code.
This edition incorporates the 2014 amendments (MSC.373(93) and MSC.374(93)), the 2015 amendments (MSC.396(95) and MSC.397(95)) and the 2016 amendments (MSC.416(97) and MSC.417(97) to STCW Convention and Code.

ID938E - STCW (2017 Edition)

A comprehensive review of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978 (STCW 1978) commenced in January 2006 and culminated in a Conference of Parties to the STCW Convention, held in Manila, Philippines, from 21 to 25 June 2010, that adopted a significant number of amendments to the STCW Convention and STCW Code. This publication contains the Final Act of the 2010 Conference of Parties to the 1978 STCW Convention, resolutions adopted by that Conference, and a complete, consolidated text of the STCW Convention, including its original articles, revised annex and supporting STCW Code. This edition incorporates the 2014 amendments (MSC.373(93) and MSC.374(93)), the 2015 amendments (MSC.396(95) and MSC.397(95)) and the 2016 amendments (MSC.416(97) and MSC.417(97) to STCW Convention and Code.
The International Safety Management (ISM) Code with guidelines for its implementation provides an
international standard for the safe management and operation of ships and for pollution prevention.
It is an essential reference for maritime administrations, shipowners and operators, shipping companies, training providers and education institutes, shipbuilders, engine and equipment manufacturers and others with interest in ensuring safety at sea and prevention of damage to the environment.
This publication includes the texts of SOLAS chapter IX and the ISM Code. Additionally, Guidelines
for the operational implementation of the International Safety Management (ISM) Code by Companies, Guidance on the qualifications, training and experience necessary for undertaking the role of the designated person under the provisions of the ISM Code, Guidance on near-miss reporting, Guidelines on Maritime Cyber Risk Management and resolution MSC.428(98) on Maritime Cyber Risk Management in Safety Management Systems are included.

ID117E - ISM Code (2018 Edition)

The International Safety Management (ISM) Code with guidelines for its implementation provides an international standard for the safe management and operation of ships and for pollution prevention. It is an essential reference for maritime administrations, shipowners and operators, shipping companies, training providers and education institutes, shipbuilders, engine and equipment manufacturers and others with interest in ensuring safety at sea and prevention of damage to the environment. This publication includes the texts of SOLAS chapter IX and the ISM Code. Additionally, Guidelines for the operational implementation of the International Safety Management (ISM) Code by Companies, Guidance on the qualifications, training and experience necessary for undertaking the role of the designated person under the provisions of the ISM Code, Guidance on near-miss reporting, Guidelines on Maritime Cyber Risk Management and resolution MSC.428(98) on Maritime Cyber Risk Management in Safety Management Systems are included.

e-Publications - The IMO Bookshelf

The IMO Bookshelf is IMO Publishing’s free e-reader software which provides access to IMO’s digital library. E-reader files are available for all major IMO titles. They are exact copies of the printed title and can be viewed instantly after purchasing a licence code and downloading the e-reader and digital title.

IMO e-Publications comply with IMO requirements on carriage of publications on board ships MSC-MEPC.2/Circ.2, 1 June 2006 (note that publications for emergency use, such as the International Code of Signals and the IAMSAR Manual should always be available in the form of hard copies. Flag State approval should also be confirmed).

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IMO-Vega provides substantial cost savings over purchasing documents individually. It is available as either an electronic download or internet subscription. An electronic download is more suitable for a vessel with limited internet access, while an internet subscription (which is constantly updated) is best suited for a shoreside facility.

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