SOLAS Convention

The IMO convention to ensure Safety Of Life At Sea

SOLASSOLAS is a set of international standards first released in 1914, in consequence to the Titanic disaster. Today SOLAS regulates basic safety aspects for ships on international voyages such as stability, machinery, electrical installations, fire protection and lifesaving appliances. 

The main objective of the SOLAS Convention is to specify minimum standards for the construction, equipment and operation of ships. 

Regulatory Focus

The current SOLAS Convention includes the following themes: 

Further IMO Codes provide guidelines in line with SOLAS requirements, such as: 


RINA conducts surveys during construction and throughout a vessel's service life, based on a satisfactory document review and periodical surveys, when delegated for these purposes by a Flag Administration. 

RINA issues the certificates required by the SOLAS Convention on behalf of the Flag Administrations by which it is authorised: 


We are authorized to act on behalf of 123 Flag States, for the activities related to SOLAS verification and certification. RINA provides its services to ship owners worldwide through global network of offices and highly skilled personnel. 

Our experts answer to the most frequently questions

Purchase it from IMO Publications and see it on the IMO website. 
Yes, the Harmonized System of Survey and Certification (HSSC) allows statutory surveys for different certificates to be carried out at the same time. 
RINA Global Marine Training Center provides training courses on international regulations, including the SOLAS convention. 

You may also like