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The IACS Green Book contains all currently in force IACS Resolutions and Recommendations. The annex to the Green Book contains all adopted IACS resolutions and their future entry into force dates. The Green Book is updated when an IACS new or revised Resolution or Recommendation is uploaded on the IACS website. Namely, the IACS Green Book is revised at the end of each working day.
The IACS Blue Book contains the IACS Green Book as well as previous revisions of IACS publications and historical data. The IACS Blue Book is updated and published once a year only.
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