1974 International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea
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|CIL Subject Classification|
|Citations to Text||1184 UNTS 2,  ATS 29, 14 ILM 959, UKTS 46 (1980), Cmnd 7874|
|Date of Adoption||01/11/1974|
|Place of Adoption||London, United Kingdom|
|Secretariat / Relevant Authority|
|Dispute settlement provisions||
Governments of the Russian Federation (then the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics), the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America
Chapter I : General Provisions
Chapter II-1 : Construction Subdivision and Stability, Machinery and Electrical Installations
Chapter II-2 : Construction – Fire Protection, Fire Detection and Fire Extinction
Chapter III : Life Saving Appliances etc.
Chapter IV : Radiotelegraphy and Radiotelephony
Chapter V : Safety of Navigation
Chapter VI : Carriage of Grain
Chapter VII : Carriage of Dangerous Goods
Chapter VIII : Nuclear Ships
|Entry Into Force Status||In Force|
|Date of Entry into Force||
|Entry into Force / Termination Provisions||
Article X ‘Entry into Force’:
“(a) The present Convention shall enter into force twelve months after the date on which not less than twenty-five States, the combined merchant fleets of which constitute not less than fifty per cent of the gross tonnage of the world’s merchant shipping, have become parties to it in accordance with Article IX.
(b) Any instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession deposited after the date on which the present Convention enters into force shall take effect three months after the date of deposit.
(c) After the date on which an amendment to the present Convention is deemed to have been accepted under Article VIII, any instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession deposited shall apply to the Convention as amended.”
|General Status||165 Parties (as of 22/11/2019)|
|Links to Current Status/Reservations||
International Maritime Organization
|Protocols / Amendments to this instrument||
1988 Protocol Relating to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974
|This instrument amends/supersedes||
This Convention abrogates the 1960 International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea pursuant to Article VI section (a) of the former.
1914 International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea
1948 International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea
Note Article VI ‘Prior Treaties and Conventions’:
“(a) As between the Contracting Governments, the present Convention replaces and abrogates the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea which was signed in London on 17 June 1960.
(b) All other treaties, conventions and arrangements relating to safety of life at sea, or matters appertaining thereto, at present in force between Governments parties to the present Convention shall continue to have full and complete effect during the terms thereof as regards:
(i) ships to which the present Convention does not apply;
(ii) ships to which the present Convention applies, in respect of matters for which it has not expressly provided.
(c) To the extent, however, that such treaties, conventions or arrangements conflict with the provisions of the present Convention, the provisions of the present Convention shall prevail.
(d) All matters which are not expressly provided for in the present Convention remain subject to the legislation of the Contracting Governments.”