Floating LNG terminal "Independence" sails into Klaipėda

The floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU), built for Lithuania’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal, sailed into the port of Klaipėda on Monday morning. ...

IMO is considering applying Formal Safety Assessment when making rules. What is Formal Safety Assessment?

A rational and systematic process for assessing the risks associated with any sphere of activity, and for evaluating the costs and benefits of different options for reducing those risks. It therefore ...

Which IMO codes apply to gas and chemical tankers?

The Code for Existmg Ships Carrying Liquefied Gases in Bulk (the GC Code for Existing Ships) applies to gas carriers already in servlce at 31 December 1976. The Code for the Construction and Equipment...

Are all IMO codes mandatory?

Some IMO codes, such as the ISM Code, ISPS Code, IMDG Code, and the IBC Code and IGC Codes, are made mandatory for States by a regulation of a "parent" convention. ...

Why are some IMO requirements in the form of codes, rather than conventions?

Codes generally contain technical requirements that are too lengthy or complex to be incorporated in a convention. A code is also relatively easy to amend. ...

Must a Party State to an IMO instrument (e.g. SOLAS) comply exactly with the instrument?

No. Any Party State may make a Declaration, Reservation or Statement to the effect that it will not be bound by some part or other of it. These Declarations, Reservations and Statements are attached t...

What are the differences between ratification and accession in relation to IMO instruments?

Ratification is required by a specified number of IMO Member States in order to bring an IMO instrument (such as a convention) into force. Any Member State wishing to approve, accept and implemen...

IMO conventions and protocols are binding on Party States which have ratified them. What does "ratified" mean?

The formal expression by a Party State of its consent to be bound by the convention or protocol. Ratification generally involves the State having to make national laws giving effect to the internation...

What are IMO recommendations?

Non-mandatory* IMO instruments providing more specific guidelines than conventions or protocols. They must be agreed at IMO by adoption of a resolution but are not subject to ratification. They provid...

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