The MEPC, which consists of all Member States, is empowered to consider any matter within the scope of the Organization concerned with prevention and control of pollution from ships. In particular it is concerned with the adoption and amendment of conventions and other regulations and measures to ensure their enforcement.
The MEPC was first established as a subsidiary body of the Assembly and raised to full constitutional status in 1985.
The MSC and MEPC are assisted in their work by a number of sub-committees which are also open to all Member States:
• Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping (HTW);
• Sub-Committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments (III);
• Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR);
• Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR);
• Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC);
• Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE); and
• Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC).
Avaialable at : http://www.imo.org/en/about/conventions/listofconventions/pages/international-convention-for-the-safety-of-life-at-sea-(solas),-1974.aspx
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