IMO Instruments Implementation Code (III Code) is an international document which aimed to promote shipping safety and to protect marine environment, as well as to assist states in the implementation of the documents of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). In 2013 by the Resolution A.1070 (28) it was adopted a new addition of the Code, in accordance with this edition a voluntary norm became mandatory.
The Code foresees full and complete fulfilment of provisions of such international documents as:
- the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea 1974 (SOLAS-74);
- the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, amended by the Protocol 1978 (MARPOL 73/78) and by the Protocol 1997 to it;
- the International Convention on Load Lines, 1966 (LOAD LINES) and the Protocol 1988 to it;
- the Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (COLREG);
- the International Convention on Tonnage Measurement of Ships, 1969 (TONNAGE);
- the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978 (STCW);
The Code stated that in accordance with general provisions of the conventional law and the IMO instruments states should provide an adoption of the laws and rules for the full fulfilment of these documents. In other words, it is pointed out that conventions should be implemented into the national legislation and governments should promote the fulfilment of the new and changed IMO documents.
The IMO Instruments Implementation Code consists of the common part and parts for Flag State, Port State and Coastal State. In the common part it is noted about the objective and strategy in order to meet the objective, the scope of the Code, the communication of information to the concerned parties and the recommendations on improvement of the state activity in the safety at sea and in protection of the environment. In parts for Flag State, Port State and Coastal State it is designated necessary actions of the State for the effective compliance with its obligations and functions, namely concerning those that concern the competence of the Marine Search and Rescue Service, these are such issues as providing of the search and rescue at sea, the coordination of the search and rescue operations, the provision of communication (GMDSS) and long-range identification of vessels.
In the Code it is pointed out that the state should periodically evaluate its performance regarding realization of its rights and fulfilment of its obligations in accordance with the current international documents.
Thus, IMO Instruments Implementation Code is an instruction for the successful passing of the IMO audit by Ukraine.