Solas Convention

The IMO convention to ensure Safety Of Life At Sea

SOLAS 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 performs verifications at the time of 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.
We issue the following SOLAS certificates:


We are authorized to act on behalf of over 110 Flag States, for the activities related to SOLAS verification and certification. We serve ship owners all over the world through our office global network and our highly skilled personnel.


Where can I find a copy of the SOLAS Convention?
Purchase it from IMO Publications and see it on the IMO website.

Is it possible to perform SOLAS verifications at the same time as other statutory activities?
Yes, the Harmonized System of Survey and Certification (HSSC) allows statutory surveys for different certificates to be carried out at the same time.

Are specific training courses available?
RINA Academy provides training courses on international regulations, including the SOLAS convention.

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