SOLAS is considered one of the three pillars of international instruments regulating the maritime industry, along with MARPOL (regulating pollution prevention from ships) and STCW (regulating standards, training, and certification for seafarers). Let us take a closer look:
- What? The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) sets minimum safety standards in the construction, equipment and operation of merchant ships. As such, signatory states are required to ensure that ships flagged by them comply with at least the standards set by the treaty.