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Maritime Safety Committee (MSC)

Maritime Safety Committee (MSC): undertakes matters in relation to maritime safety and security covering passenger ships and all merchant ships. One of its many profound roles is to develop and update all international maritime regulations to enhance safety and security for the 90 per cent of global trade. This includes updating the SOLAS Convention and related codes, the STCW Convention and associated codes. The wide range of agenda under the Committee are human element related issues including training and certification of seafarers and fatigue, dangerous goods, life-saving appliances and fire safety systems, goal-based standards, autonomous vessels, piracy and armed robbery against ships, cyber security, e-navigation and the modernization of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS). It is considered one of the most imperative bodies towards which the ITF delegation’s guiding principles are applicable.

  • Seafarers’ Rights and Criminalisation;
  • Manning and Training;
  • Occupational Health and Safety;
  • Working and living conditions;
  • Ship Safety;
  • Security of Seafarers; and
  • Consequences of Environmental Conventions.

The ITF makes sure all IMO instruments under the purview of this Committee, maximises the sustainability of shipping by enshrining the principle of safety of lives.