Maritime Safety Committee (MSC)

The Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) is the highest technical body of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). All Member States can sit on this committee.

The functions of the Maritime Safety Committee are to consider any matter within the IMO’s scope that is 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
  • ships and port security
  • piracy and any other matters directly affecting maritime safety.

Several sub-committees report to the Maritime Safety Committee.

Next session of this committee

The next Session is the: 97th Session of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 97).

Date: Monday 21 to Friday 25 November 2016

Location: IMO Headquarters, 4 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7SR

Agenda: MSC 97th session[PDF: 117Kb, 3 pages]

Previous session

At the end of each Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) meeting, a final report is prepared for submission to the IMO Council.

The final report provides a record of the issues discussed and actions taken by the Committee. Below is the report of the most recent MSC meeting.

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