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List of IMO Conventions

Related Protocols are referred to under the main Convention

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Most important IMO Conventions

International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974, as amended

International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as modified by the Protocol of 1978 relating thereto and by the Protocol of 1997( MARPOL)

International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers ( STCW ) as amended, including the 1995 and 2010 Manila Amendments


Other conventions relating to maritime safety and security and ship/port interface

Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREG), 1972
Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL), 1965
International Convention on Load Lines (LL), 1966
International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR), 1979
Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Maritime Navigation (SUA), 1988, and Protocol for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Fixed Platforms located on the Continental Shelf (and the 2005 Protocols)
International Convention for Safe Containers (CSC), 1972
Convention on the International Maritime Satellite Organization (IMSO C), 1976
The Torremolinos International Convention for the Safety of Fishing Vessels (SFV), 1977,  superseded by the The 1993 Torremolinos Protocol; Cape Town Agreement of 2012 on the Implementation of the Provisions of the 1993 Protocol relating to the Torremolinos International Convention for the Safety of Fishing Vessels 
International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F), 1995
Special Trade Passenger Ships Agreement (STP), 1971 and Protocol on Space Requirements for Special Trade Passenger Ships, 1973
Other conventions relating to prevention of marine pollution
International Convention Relating to Intervention on the High Seas in Cases of Oil Pollution Casualties (INTERVENTION), 1969
Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter (LC), 1972 (and the 1996 London Protocol)
International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation (OPRC), 1990
Protocol on Preparedness, Response and Co-operation to pollution Incidents by Hazardous and Noxious Substances, 2000 (OPRC-HNS Protocol)
International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-fouling Systems on Ships (AFS), 2001
International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004
The Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009
Conventions covering liability and compensation
International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage (CLC), 1969
1992 Protocol to the International Convention on the Establishment of an International Fund for Compensation for Oil Pollution Damage (FUND 1992)
Convention relating to Civil Liability in the Field of Maritime Carriage of Nuclear Material (NUCLEAR), 1971
Athens Convention relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage by Sea (PAL), 1974
Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims (LLMC), 1976
International Convention on Liability and Compensation for Damage in Connection with the Carriage of Hazardous and Noxious Substances by Sea (HNS), 1996 (and its 2010 Protocol)
International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001
Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007
Other subjects
International Convention on Tonnage Measurement of Ships (TONNAGE), 1969
International Convention on Salvage (SALVAGE), 1989



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