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New IP Code deadline approaches 

Published on 10 June 2024

The International Code of Safety for Ships Carrying Industrial Personnel (IP Code) has beendeveloped by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as a mandatory code which enters into force on 1 July 2024. 

The Code is intended to create the conditions for safe carriage of Industrial Personnel on ships and their safety during personnel transfer operations between the ship and offshore installations. 

Industrial Personnel are defined as, ʺpersons who are transported or accommodated on board for the purpose of offshore industrial activities performed on board other ships and/or offshore facilities.ʺ  The IP Code is made mandatory through a new Chapter XV in the SOLAS Convention

More details on the new rules, and the implications of the changes, can be found in a series of Information Notes and a Guidance document prepared by IMCA. Simply register or login with your work email to access our Member-only resources. 

IMCA Contact

Margaret Fitzgerald
Head of Legal & Regulatory Affairs

Commenting on the approaching deadline, Margaret Fitzgerald, Head of Legal & Regulatory Affairs, IMCA said: “The new Mandatory IP Code will enter into force in only a few weeks’ time and Member companies will need to understand its potential impact on their projects and ways of working. We’d urge all Members to make themselves aware of changes in the first instance, then review their own approaches to working at sea to ensure they are compliant with the new Code.”