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1.1 The purpose of the Code is to present mandatory and recommendatory stability criteria and other measures for ensuring the safe operation of ships, to minimize the risk to such ships, to the personnel on board and to the environment. This introduction and part A of the Code address the mandatory criteria and part B contains recommendations and additional guidelines.

1.2 This Code contains intact stability criteria for the following types of ships and other marine vehicles of 24 m in length and above, unless otherwise stated:

1. cargo ships;

2. cargo ships carrying timber deck cargoes;

3. passenger ships;

4. fishing vessels;

5. special purpose ships;

6. offshore supply vessels;

7. mobile offshore drilling units;

8. pontoons; and

9. cargo ships carrying containers on deck and container ships.

1.3 Administrations may impose additional requirements regarding the design aspects of ships of novel design or ships not otherwise covered by the Code.



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