Stability Assessment Methods (Deterministic and Probabilistic)

  • Philip A. WilsonEmail author


One overarching requirement has been the way to improve safety at sea by developing international binding regulations that are followed and adhered to by all nations that operate ships. From the mid-nineteenth century, for example the 1854 Merchant Shipping Act, a number of treaties were developed and adopted, usually following a major shipping disaster. This initially led to the formation of the SOLAS (Safety Of Life At Sea) Convention following the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 on its maiden voyage from Great Britain to the USA. Following this and further developments the call from several countries following the establishment of the United Nations was that in an international conference in Geneva in 1948, the adoption of the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organisation (IMCO), which eventually changed its name to International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in 1982. The IMCO convention came into force in 1958, and the organisation first met in 1959. The IMO headquarters are in central London.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Engineering and the EnvironmentUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK

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