Guidelines for PSC Inspections of Ships Carrying Industrial Personnel


  • The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS 1974) has been amended to include Chapter XV, addressing safety measures for ships carrying industrial personnel.
  • Ships and high-speed craft under this chapter must be:
    • Certified as cargo ships or high-speed cargo craft.
    • Meet the requirements of the IP Code (Resolution MSC.527(106)).
    • Surveyed and certified as per the IP Code in addition to existing SOLAS regulations.

The Paris MoU has published guidelines to provide a harmonized approach for Port State Control (PSC) inspections of ships carrying Industrial Personnel (IP), reports Paris MoU.

Definition and Application

  • Industrial personnel includes all persons transported or accommodated on board for offshore industrial activities.
  • SOLAS Chapter XV applies to cargo ships and high-speed cargo craft of 500 gross tonnage and upwards, constructed on or after July 1, 2024, carrying more than 12 industrial personnel.
  • Pre-existing ships authorized to carry more than 12 industrial personnel must comply with specific regulations of the IP Code by their first intermediate or renewal survey after July 1, 2024.
  • Ships not previously authorized must comply with new requirements outlined in the PSCC Instruction.


  • Ships and high-speed craft must:
    • Be certified according to relevant SOLAS chapters.
    • Comply with the IP Code.
    • Be surveyed and certified in line with the IP Code and additional SOLAS requirements.


  • The guidelines ensure uniform PSC inspection procedures and compliance with SOLAS Chapter XV for ships carrying industrial personnel.
  • Enhanced safety protocols and certification requirements are emphasized for these vessels.

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Source: Paris MoU