In a panel discussion at the TPM Conference yesterday, U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Paul Thomas announced that the SOLAS guidelines "are not mandatory under any U.S. regulation. It says that right on top — these are non-mandatory guidelines ... SOLAS places no legal obligation on the shipper. It places a legal obligation only on the vessel subject to SOLAS. So if you need to meet that obligation by working on a better business practice with your partners, that’s where you need to focus.”
SOLAS is scheduled to be implemented on July 1, 2016.