High-Speed Craft (HSC) Code, 2021 Edition

November 2021
The International Code of Safety for High-Speed Craft, 2000 (2000 HSC Code) provides a comprehensive set of requirements, including those for the design and construction of high-speed craft engaged on international voyages, the equipment that shall be provided and the conditions for their operation and maintenance.
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This 2021 edition of the 2000 HSC Code contains consolidated text that incorporates the amendments adopted by the Maritime Safety Committee by resolutions MSC.175(79), MSC.222(82), MSC.260(84), MSC.271(85), MSC.326(90), MSC.352(92), MSC.424(98) and MSC.439(99).
As a specialized agency of the United Nations, IMO is the global standard-setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping. Its main role is to create a regulatory framework for the shipping industry that is fair and effective, universally adopted and universally implemented. In other words, its role is to create a level playing field so that ship operators cannot address their financial issues by simply cutting corners and compromising on safety, security and environmental performance. This approach also encourages innovation and efficiency. Shipping is a truly international industry, and it can only operate effectively if the regulations and standards are themselves agreed, adopted and implemented on an international basis. IMO is the forum at which this process takes place.