What is a difference between a Code and Convention?« Back to Questions List

Posted by seawizard
Asked on June 2, 2021 11:20 pm

The essential difference between Code and Convention is that the former becomes Mandatory for Contracting Parties when it enters into force. Convention is an agreed set of rules on a particular matter. The need for Convention is mostly triggered by a Major Incident (eg Titanic) or a result of a wide spread research (eg. Ballast water Convention). A code on the other hand is normally recommendatory unless it is made mandatory under the provision of the convention.
So a Code to a convention is part of the convention. It provides the international standards required for the elements mentioned in that particular chapter of the convention.

Posted by seawizard
Answered On June 2, 2021 11:21 pm