IMO Resolution A.1116(30), adopted on 5 December 2017 – Escape Route Signs and Equipment Location Markings

In sequence to the 2016 IMO MSC.1/Circ.1553 Shipboard escape route signs and emergency equipment location markings which invited Contracting Governments to start implementing safety signs as per ISO 24409-2:2014 on a voluntary basis, IMO Resolution A.1116(30) adopts these escape route signs and equipment location markings.

The adoption of ISO’s symbols by IMO is a step forward to the needed standardization of the international symbols to indicate the location of emergency equipment to people who travel and work on-board ships and other marine installations.

IMO Resolution A.1116(30), adopted on 5 December 2017 – Escape Route Signs and Equipment Location Markings is effective for ships constructed on or after 1 January 2019 and for ships which undergo repairs, alterations, modifications and outfitting on or after that date.
The examples below illustrate some of the changes on safety signs that the adoption of
IMO Resolution A.1116(30) entails:

Everlux have been working on the inclusion of these signs as standard catalogue signs since the publication of ISO 24409-2:2014 Ships and marine technology – Design, location and use of shipboard safety signs, safety-related signs, notices and safety markings – Part 2: Catalogue.

All of the safety signs with symbols related to ESCAPE ROUTE SIGNS AND EQUIPMENT LOCATION MARKINGS as adopted by IMO Resolution A.1116(30) are available in the Everlux catalogue and can be reviewed here:

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Now that you have read this article on the latest applicable legislation on marine safety signs, we encourage you to read complete information on ISO 24409, namely its part 3 Code of practice, as it provides valuable information on choosing the adequate signage solutions and installing and maintaining an effective signage system onboard. You can find a comprehensive summary on this subject here.

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