- Professional News
- 22 August 2014
Danish emergency escape rules to become international standard
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has decided to make the Danish special emergency escape rules an international safety standard.
The Danish rules on means of escape from machinery spaces will now form the basis of new international safety standards. This has been determined by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
The new rules, which form an integral part of the SOLAS rule book, are expected to enter into force on 1 January 2016.
Danish standards as international norm
The rules provide for accessible means of escape from machinery spaces as well as workshops for use in the event of emergency situations.
The approximation of the safety rules means that shipping companies sailing under Danish colours no longer need to make additional investments as compared to other shipping companies.
In the past few years, several Danish rules have been aligned with international requirements, and this is usually done by increasing the international safety levels to meet Danish standards.