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Federal Register Notice: Public meeting in preparation for International Maritime Organization SDC 8 meeting

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As announced in the Federal Register, the Department of State and the Coast Guard will conduct a public meeting by teleconference at 1 p.m. EST on Thursday, January 13, 2022. 

The primary purpose of the meeting is to prepare for the eighth session of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC 8) to be held remotely, January 17 to 21, 2022. 

Members of the public may participate up to the capacity of the phone line, which will handle 500 participants.  To access the teleconference, participants should call (202) 475-4000 and use Participant Passcode 87723987#.

Those who plan to participate may contact the meeting coordinator, LCDR Dimitri Wiener, by email at or by phone at (202) 372-1414.

The agenda items to be considered include:

  • Decisions of other IMO bodies
  • Safety measures for non-SOLAS ships operating in polar waters
  • Mandatory instruments and/or provisions addressing safety standards for the carriage of more than 12 industrial personnel on board vessels engaged on international voyages
  • Development of Explanatory Notes to the Interim guidelines on second generation intact stability criteria
  • Amendments to the 2011 ESP Code
  • Mandatory application of the Performance standard for protective coatings for void spaces on bulk carriers and oil tankers
  • Performance standard for protective coatings for void spaces on all types of ships
  • Safety objectives and functional requirements of the Guidelines on alternative design and arrangements for SOLAS chapters II-1m and III
  • Unified interpretations to provisions of IMO safety, security, and environment-related conventions
  • Revision of the 1979, 1989 and 2009 MODU Codes and associated MSC circulars to prohibit the use of materials containing asbestos, including control of the storage of such materials on board
  • Development of amendments to SOLAS regulation II-1/3-4 to apply requirements for emergency towing equipment for tankers to other types of ships
  • Revision of the Performance standards for water level detectors on bulk carriers and single hold cargo ships other than bulk carriers
  • Review of the Guidelines for the reduction of underwater noise (MEPC.1/Circ.833) and identification of next steps
  • Biennial status report and provisional agenda for SDC 9
  • Any other business
  • Election of Chair and Vice-Chair for 2022 and 2023
  • Report to the Maritime Safety Committee

The Sub-Committee may, on short notice, adjust the SDC 8 agenda to accommodate the constraints associated with the virtual meeting format.  Although no changes to the agenda are anticipated, if any are necessary they will be provided to those who RSVP. 

View the Federal Register notice for full details, including the agenda.

Additional information regarding this and other IMO public meetings may be found at:

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