In addition to the certificates for all ships, passenger ships must carry the following certificates:
Every passenger ship must comply with the requirements of Chapters II-1, II-2, III, IV and V and any other relevant requirement of the SOLAS 74 Regulations as amended by the GMDSS amendments (which amended the 1978 Protocol), and the 1988 Protocol (which entered into force on 3 February 2000). After the prescribed initial or renewal survey has been carried out to the satisfaction of the Administration or authorized Organization, a Passenger Ship Safety Certificate (See azlso back of document) is issued to the passenger ship (SOLAS 74, Annex, Chapter I, Regulation 12, par. (a) (i)). This Certificate must be supplemented by a Record of Equipment (see also side 2, side 3 and side 4 of document) (SOLAS 74, Annex, Chapter I, Regulation 12, par. (a) (vi)).
The Passenger Ship Safety Certificate must be supplemented by a Record of Equipment (SOLAS 74, Annex, Chapter I, Regulation 12, par. (2) (vi)).
The Passenger Ship Safety Certificate may be supplemented by an Exemption Certificate.
When an exemption is granted to a ship under and in accordance with the provisions of the SOLAS 74 Regulations as amended by the GMDSS amendments (which amended the 1978 Protocol), and the 1988 Protocol (which entered into force on 3 February 2000), a certificate called an Exemption Certificate shall be issued in addition to the relevant prescribed certificate (SOLAS 74, Annex, Chapter I, Regulation 12, par. (a) (vii)). It shall not be valid for longer than the period of the certificate to which it refers (SOLAS 74, Annex, Chapter I, Regulation 14, par. (a)).
Under the provisions of the Special Trade Passenger Ships Agreement, 1971, a form of safety certificate is issued for special trade passenger ships (International Conference on Special Trade Passenger Ships, 1971 - STP 71, Regulation 6).
It concerns mainly the carriage of large unberthed passengers in special trades such as pilgrim trade.
Under the provisions of the protocol on Space Requirements for Special Trade Passenger Ships, 1973, a Special Trade Passenger Ships Space Certificate is issued (International Conference on Space Requirements for Special Trade Passenger Ships, 1973 - SSTP 73, Rule 5).
It concerns mainly technical rules covering the safety aspect of the carriage of passengers in special trade passenger ships, such as those carrying pilgrims.
Passenger ships to which chapter I of SOLAS 74 applies, trading on fixed routes, shall have on board a plan for co-operation with appropriate search and rescue services in event of an emergency.
The plan shall be developed in co-operation between the ship and the relevant search and rescue services and it must be approved by the Administration. (SOLAS 74, Annex, Chapter V, Regulation 15, par. (c) - 1995 amendments).
As a guide, refer also to the following resolutions adopted by the Organization:
On passenger ships to which Chapter I of SOLAS 74 applies, a list of all limitations of the ship, including exemptions from any of the SOLAS regulations, restrictions in operating areas, weather restrictions, sea state restrictions, restrictions in permissible loads, trim, speed and any other limitations, whether imposed by the Administration or established during the design or the building stages, shall be compiles before the ship is put in service.
The list, together with any necessary explanation, shall be documented to the satisfaction of the Administration, and shall be kept on board readily available to the master. (SOLAS 1974, Annex, Chapter V, Regulation 23 - 1995 amendments.)
In all passenger ships, a decision support system for emergency management shall be provided on the navigation bridge. (SOLAS 1974, Annex, Chapter III, Regulation 24-4, par.(2).)