Summary of major developments since the last edition:
This version covers updates from PPR 8, NCSR 8, MSC 103, FAL 45, MEPC 76, and reflects LR’s revised estimates for future developments in light of the delays to IMO’s meetingschedule. The number in brackets is the LR reference used in this document for the detailed entry.
Significant approvals or adoptions:
Resolution MEPC.328(76) – 2021 Revised MARPOL Annex VI (
Amendments to Chapter 4 of MARPOL Annex VI – MEPC 76 adopted short-term GHG reduction measures, combining EEXI, SEEMP and CII rating, the aim is for internationalshipping to achieve at least 40% carbon intensity reduction by 2030 when compared to 2008 figures (
Resolution MEPC.331(76) – Amendment to the AFS Convention to include controls on cybutryne was agreed and will enter into force 1 January 2023. The amendments meanthat anti-fouling systems containing cybutryne shall not be applied or reapplied to ships on or after 1 January 2023 (
Significant new items being considered or milestones in ongoing developments:
IMO is expected to approve draft amendments to SOLAS chapters III and IV (requirements of the GMDSS) and draft consequential amendments to associated IMO instrumentsat MSC 104 (November 2021) (
Non-mandatory legislation is not included.2.
Unless otherwise specified, the term ‘cargo ship’ is used to describe any vessel that is not a passenger ship.3.
In the Application section for each entry, references to “all ships” should be taken to mean all ships to which that convention, annex or chapter applies.4.
Applicability of regulations varies for floating storage units (FSU) and floating production storage and offloading units (FPSO) depending on whether they are detached andundergoing voyage, or fixed. The application tables in this report reflect only the minimum requirements which are permanently applicable. Requirements for offshore supplyvessels (OSVs) are the same as those listed for general cargo ships.5.
Entries marked with * in the below tables have staggered application dates and multiple entries. Application details should be carefully checked.6.
SOLAS amendments now follow a four-year cycle (next entry into force date is 1 Jan 2024), unless adopted under conditions of exceptional circumstance (see IMO CircularMSC.1/Circ.1481) in which case implementation may be earlier.7.
If there is a shipbuilding delay after contract signing, it is important to note that most IMO requirements apply based on the keel laying date and some also have a delivery daterequirement, so a delay may necessitate different equipment or design.8.
Some requirements only apply according to certain operational choices, such as geographical trading area or activities which may or may not be carried out. In these cases, thewidest possible applicability is shown in the tables, and it is necessary to assess whether or not that requirement applies to an individual ship.9.
There are occasional entries which are not included in the reference tables. In this edition:- Entries only concerned with one specialised ship type such as unmanned non-self-propelled(UNSP) barges (
) and fishing vessels (
).- Entries for STCW, amendments to STCW Convention (
), amendments to STCW Code (
Because of the disrupted programme of IMO meetings due to the COVD-19 pandemic, MSC is expected to apply the ‘exceptional circumstances’ clause to the adoption andentry into force of some items that will not be finalised in time to meet their expected entry into force date of 1 January 2024. If agreed, such draft regulations will enter intoforce 18 months after adoption