International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea Law and Legal Definition
The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea or SOLAS (Convention) is an international agreement on maritime safety. This Convention in its successive forms is generally regarded as the most important of all international treaties concerning the safety of merchant ships.
The convention was originally adopted on 20 January 1914. Since then there have been four other SOLAS conventions: the second version adopted in 1929 and entered into force in 1933; the third version adopted in 1948 and entered into force in 1952; the fourth version adopted in 1960 and entered into force in 1965; and the current version adopted in 1974 and entered into force in 1980.
The 1914 version, for example, included chapters on safety of navigation, construction, radiotelegraphy, life-saving appliances and fire protection. The 1974 version includes all the agreements and acceptant procedures. The newer versions aimed to keep the convention up to date by periodic amendments. The Convention in force today is sometimes referred as SOLAS, 1974.
Legal Definition list
- International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution From Ships
- International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas
- International Communication and Information Policy [EEB/CIP] [Department of State]
- International Committee of the Red Cross [ICRC]
- International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas
- International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea
- International Convention on Arrest of Ships
- International Convention on Salvage
- International Cooperation Administration
- International Cooperative Administrative Support Services [ICASS]
- International Copyright