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International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea

Document type
Multilateral
Field of application
Global
Date
Jun 17, 1960
Source
IUCN (ID: TRE-000514)
Title abbreviation

SOLAS 1960

Title (French)

Convention internationale pour la sauvegarde de la vie humaine en mer

Title (Other)

Internationales Übereinkommen zum Schutz des menschlichen Lebens auf See

Place of adoption
London
Depository
IMO International Maritime Organization
Language
English, French
Entry into force
May 26, 1965
Subject
Sea, Waste & hazardous substances
Keyword
Transport/storage Nuclear energy Packaging/labelling Navigation Hazardous waste Certification Maritime zone Radioactive pollution Hazardous substances Marine pollution
Abstract

This convention has been superceded, with effect from 25 May 1980, by the 1974 Convention, as between the States Parties to the later Convention Part VII relates to the packaging, labelling and safety of the transport of hazardous substances. Part VIII contains various regulations on nuclear-powered ships (excluding warships). Objectives: To promote the safety of ships and property at sea and the lives of persons on board. Summary of provisions: Chapter VII of the Convention applies to the carriage of dangerous goods in all ships defined in Regulation 1. Parties agree that the carriage of dangerous goods is prohibited except in accordance with the provisions of Chapter VII, which they undertake to supplement by issuing detailed instructions on the safe packaging and stowage of specific dangerous goods or categories of dangerous goods which shall include any precautions necessary in their relations to other cargo. Regulations provide for, inter alia, classification of dangerous goods, packing, marking and labelling, stowage requirements, explosives in passenger ships, safety assessments, and surveys of nuclear ships. Chapter VIII deals with nuclear ships except ships of war, and provides for, inter alia, approval of reactor installation, and radiation safety to ensure that there are no unreasonable radiation or other nuclear hazards, including to water resources.

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Canada - -
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Cuba - -
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Denmark - -
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Ecuador - -
Egypt - -
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Fiji - -
Finland - -
France - -
Gabon - -
Gambia - -
Ghana - -
Greece - -
Guinea - -
Haiti - -
Honduras - -
Hungary - -
Iceland - -
India - -
Indonesia - -
Iran, Islamic Republic of - - -
Iraq - -
Ireland - -
Israel - -
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Jamaica - -
Japan - -
Kenya - - -
Korea, Republic of - -
Kuwait - -
Lebanon - -
Liberia - -
Libya - -
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Malaysia - -
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Mexico - -
Monaco - -
Morocco - -
Myanmar - -
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New Zealand - -
Nicaragua - - -
Nigeria - -
Norway - -
Oman - -
Pakistan - -
Panama - -
Papua New Guinea - -
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Peru - -
Philippines - -
Poland - -
Portugal - -
Qatar - -
Romania - -
Russian Federation - -
Samoa - - -
Saudi Arabia - -
Senegal - - -
Serbia - -
Seychelles - -
Singapore - -
Somalia - - -
South Africa - -
Spain - -
Sri Lanka - -
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Switzerland - -
Syrian Arab Republic - - -
Tonga - -
Trinidad and Tobago - -
Tunisia - -
Turkey - -
United Kingdom - -
United States of America - -
Uruguay - -
Venezuela, Boliv. Rep. of - -
Viet Nam - -
Yemen -
Zambia - -

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