Resolution A.1085(28) Amendments to the Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (adopted on 4 December 2013)

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RESOLUTION A.1085(28)
AMENDMENTS TO THE CONVENTION ON THE INTERNATIONAL REGULATIONS FOR PREVENTING COLLISIONS AT SEA, 1972
ADOPTED ON 4 DECEMBER 2013
(AGENDA ITEM 15(C))

THE ASSEMBLY,

RECALLING article VI of the Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (hereinafter referred to as "the Convention"), on amendments to the Regulations,

RECALLING ALSO that, by resolution A.1070(28), it adopted the IMO Instruments Implementation Code (III Code),

NOTING proposed amendments to the Convention to make the use of the III Code mandatory,

HAVING CONSIDERED the amendments to the Convention, adopted by the Maritime Safety Committee at its ninety-first session and communicated to all Contracting Parties in accordance with paragraph 2, article VI of the Convention; and also the recommendations of the Maritime Safety Committee concerning the entry into force of these amendments,

1 ADOPTS, in accordance with paragraph 3, article VI of the Convention, the amendments set out in the annex to the present resolution;

2 DECIDES, in accordance with paragraph 4, article VI of the Convention, the amendments shall enter into force on 1 January 2016, unless by 1 July 2015 more than one third of Contracting Parties to the Convention have notified their objection to the amendments;

3 DETERMINES that, pursuant to new rule 40 of new part F, whenever the word "should" is used in the III Code (annex to resolution A.1070(28)), it is to be read as being "shall", except for paragraphs 29, 30, 31 and 32;

4 REQUESTS the Secretary-General, in conformity with paragraph 3, article VI of the Convention, to communicate these amendments to all Contracting Parties to the Convention for acceptance;

5 INVITES Contracting Parties to the Convention to submit any objections they may have to the amendments not later than 1 July 2015, whereafter the amendments shall be deemed to have been accepted for entry into force as determined in the present resolution.