At first sight the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, which came into force in 1915, may appear to be a purely technical instrument. Its purpose is to ensure the safety of life at sea by setting minimum standards in such areas as construction, equipment and radio communications. However, the history of SOLAS is much more than a story of technical progress. product development It is also a story of the evolving relationship between Governments and the maritime industry and, more recently, the recognition of the need for international cooperation to deal with new threats such as terrorism. product development. The Convention has been amended several times since it was first adopted and it now covers a wide range of safety measures. product development product development. These include fire protection, character and quantity of life-saving appliances, radiotelegraphy and radiotelephony equipment, navigation lights and shapes, cargo handling and stowage and safety measures for high-speed craft.
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