On 14 December 2005 the Common Structural Rules for Tankers and Bulk Carriers
were unanimously adopted by the IACS Council for implementation on 1 April
2006. The Council was satisfied that the new rules have been based on sound
technical grounds, and achieve the goals of more robust and safer ships.
The then Chairman of IACS, Bob Somerville, declared it "an historic moment - one
of the most important single steps in the development of maritime rules that
IACS has ever been involved with".
IACS now implements the CSR maintenance program via the IACS CSR Knowledge Centre (KC). All the agreed Q&As and CIs
(Common Interpretations) are published on the IACS web site without delay in
order to assist its Member Societies and Industry in implementing the CSR in a
uniform and consistent manner. IACS organisational structure and work process and procedures pertaining to maintenance, harmonisation and further development of IACS CSR for Double Hull Oil Tankers and Bulk Carriers are detailed in IACS Procedure Volume 4.
In Nov 2008 IACS launched the IACS CSR Tracking Database
to provide users easy and quick access to full revision history of CSR Rules on a
paragraph by paragraph basis.
Note: All the Q&As and CIs posted in this area are checked on a daily basis
by IACS CSR Secretariat and updated, with new data if any.
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