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SOLAS stands for security of people’s lives at sea. International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) is an international treaty which came into force in 1914. The cause for this was the disaster with the Titanic in 1912.

In 1948 the participating member states of the United Nations decided to set up an organisation which is specialised in security at sea, International Maritime Organisation (IMO). Since 1954 SOLAS falls under the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

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IMO is, at this moment, the most important international treaty in the area of ship safety.

SOLAS describes which requirements the equipment of seagoing vessels must comply with.

DCI is a recognised certification institute for the testing and certification of equipment at sea vessels.

MED approval

Marine Equipment Directive (MED) are requirements set by the IMO for equipment of seagoing vessels.

The Standard For Progress