IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC)

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The Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) is a subsidiary body of the Council. MSC, which consists of all Member States, is the highest technical body of the Organization. The functions of the Maritime Safety Committee are to "consider any matter within the scope of the Organization concerned with aids to navigation, construction and equipment of vessels, manning from a safety standpoint, rules for the prevention of collisions, handling of dangerous cargoes, maritime safety procedures and requirements, hydrographic information, log-books and navigational records, marine casualty investigations, salvage and rescue and any other matters directly affecting maritime safety".

The Committee is also required to provide machinery for performing any duties assigned to it by the IMO Convention or any duty within its cope of work which may be assigned to it by or under any international instrument and accepted by the Organization. It also has the responsibility for considering and submitting recommendations and guidelines on safety for possible adoption by the Assembly.

Additional details regarding the Maritime Safety Committee can be found on the IMO Website.

Previous Sessions

At the end of each MSC meeting, a final report is prepared for submission to the Council. The final report provides a record of the issues discussed and actions taken by the Committee. The final reports of the most recent MSC meetings are provided for your reference.

Additional Documentation

Additional MSC meeting documents can be made available by the Coast Guard for U.S. citizens only. Please contact LCDR Staci Weist if you would like to obtain additional MSC documents.

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Last Modified: 2/6/2018