The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS)
The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) was adopted by the International Conference on Safety of Life at Sea on November 1, 1974 and entered into force on May 25, 1980. SOLAS has been modified twice by means of Protocols in 1978 and 1988.
SOLAS is regarded as the most important of all international treaties concerning the safety of merchant ships. The Convention is divided in two parts. Part 1 covers the articles relating to the Convention 1974, and the Protocol of 1988 as well as the consolidated text of the Annex to the 1974 SOLAS Convention. This includes 12 Chapters and an Appendix with the Certificates. Part 2 includes three annexes regarding the implementation of the harmonized system of survey and certification; the list of certificates and documentation to be carried on board ships; and list of Resolutions adopted by the SOLAS Conferences.
How we can assist
We are authorized by various flag Administrations to carry out all surveys required by SOLAS Convention and issue the applicable statutory certificate.
DBS is authorized to issue the following certificates for all ships:
- Passenger Ship Safety Certificate
- Cargo Ship Safety Construction Certificate
- Cargo Ship Safety Equipment Certificate
- Cargo Ship Safety Radio Certificate
- Cargo Ship Safety Certificate
- Exemption Certificate