Requirements for accommodation are regulated in Order on accommodation and recreational facilities in merchant ships. The order applies to vessels built on or after 1 July 2018.
Previous regulation on accommodation and recreational facilities continue to apply to existing ships, unless ships built before 1 July 2018 choose to use the mentioned Order as an alternative to the rules that otherwise apply to that ship. Previous provisions on accommodation only apply to vessels whose keels are laid or which are at a similar stage of construction on or after 20 August 2013, when the MLC enters into force.
For ships constructed before 20 August 2013, the requirements for ship construction and equipment specified in ILO Convention No. 92 on Accommodation of Crews (revised) and ILO Convention No. 133 on Accommodation of Crews (Supplementary Provisions) will continue to apply if they were in effect prior to that date according to laws and practices.
Order on accommodation and recreational facilities in merchant ships fully implements the requirements in MLC, regulation 3.1.
Exemptions and equivalents
Any exemptions or equivalent solutions in relation to Order on accommodation and recreational facilities in merchant ships or previous regulation must be documented on board, so that it is possible to verify compliance with the regulation during an inspection in a manner that is easy for the surveyor.