Protocol of 1988 Relating to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974

General Detail

General Information

  1. Type: Convention
  2. Date of signature:
  3. Place of signature: London, United Kingdom
  4. Depositary:
  5. Date of entry into force: 03/02/2000

Category

Transport and telecommunications

Sub category

Maritime shipping and load lines

Groups

IMO

What is it about?

The Protocol introduced a new harmonized system of surveys and certification (HSSC) to correspond with two other Conventions, Load Lines and MARPOL 73/78. The aim is to alleviate problems caused by the fact that as requirements in the three instruments vary, ships may be obliged to go into dry-dock for a survey required by one convention shortly after being surveyed in connection with another.

Why is it relevant?

By enabling the required surveys to be carried out at the same time, the system is intended to reduce costs for shipowners and administrations alike.

Additional Information

In December 2007, 89 states had ratified the Protocol, the combined merchant fleets of which constitute approximately 93% of the gross tonnage of the world’s merchant fleet.

  • International Convention on the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 (SOLAS)
  • Protocol of 1978 relating to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, as amended (SOLAS PROT)
  • Protocol of 1978 relating to the 1973 International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (1978 MARPOL Protocol)
  • Protocol of 1988 relating to the International Convention on Load Lines, 1966 (LLPROT 1966)

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Country ratifications
CountryRatification date
Algeria20/08/2001
Antigua and Barbuda21/01/2000
Argentina02/09/1993
Australia07/02/1997
Azerbaijan16/07/2004
Bahamas02/02/1999
Bahrain17/08/2015
Bangladesh18/12/2002
Barbados11/08/2000
Belgium19/03/2007
Belize14/06/2007
Brazil27/04/2010
Bulgaria13/04/2004
Cambodia08/06/2001
Canada08/04/2010
Chile29/09/1995
China03/02/1995
Congo19/05/2014
Costa Rica06/06/2011
Croatia31/01/2000
Cuba25/10/2005
Cyprus04/02/1998
Democratic People's Republic of Korea08/08/2001
Denmark02/12/1991
Dominica21/06/2000
Ecuador26/08/2008
Egypt21/04/1995
Equatorial Guinea24/04/1996
Eritrea04/02/2000
Estonia20/08/2003
Fiji28/07/2004
Finland17/12/1999
France28/02/1992
Georgia25/08/1995
Germany22/06/1995
Greece19/07/1994
Grenada28/06/2004
Guatemala28/06/2004
Honduras20/05/2005
Iceland12/05/2000
India22/08/2000
Iran31/10/2006
Ireland24/09/2003
Israel21/11/2012
Italy03/03/1992
Jamaica02/05/2003
Japan24/06/1997
Jordan14/10/2003
Kazakhstan17/02/2009
Kenya07/07/2015
Kiribati05/02/2007
Latvia07/04/1999
Liberia26/02/1997
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya20/01/2009
Lithuania20/04/2006
Luxembourg14/02/1991
Malawi17/12/2001
Malaysia11/11/2011
Maldives20/05/2005
Malta28/01/1999
Marshall Islands16/10/1995
Mauritius17/12/2002
Mexico13/05/1994
Moldova11/10/2005
Mongolia19/09/2007
Montenegro27/01/2012
Netherlands22/02/1991
New Zealand06/03/2001
Nicaragua17/12/2004
Nigeria18/06/2015
Norway13/10/1994
Oman17/06/1991
Pakistan06/12/2001
Palau29/09/2011
Panama17/09/2007
Paraguay15/06/2004
Peru21/08/2009
Poland21/07/2008
Portugal12/06/2000
Republic of Korea14/11/1994
Romania18/05/2001
Russian Federation18/08/2000
Saint Kitts and Nevis11/06/2004
Saint Lucia20/05/2004
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines09/10/2001
Samoa18/05/2004
Saudi Arabia07/08/2015
Seychelles27/09/1989
Sierra Leone26/07/2001
Singapore18/08/1999
Slovakia01/01/1993
Slovenia03/06/1999
Spain10/01/1995
Sweden04/02/1993
Syrian Arab Republic20/07/2001
Tonga15/06/2000
Trinidad and Tobago07/06/2012
Tunisia13/01/1999
Tuvalu30/06/2004
Ukraine07/10/2005
United Kingdom08/03/2000
United States of America01/07/1991
Uruguay31/07/2003
Vanuatu14/09/1992
Venezuela17/02/1998
Viet Nam27/05/2002
Yemen11/01/2012
Treaties analysis
YearRatifications
19891
19916
19923
19933
19944
19959
19961
19973
19982
19997
200011
200110
20023
20035
200411
20055
20062
20075
20082
20093
20102
20113
20124
20141
20154
Total110
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