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The main content of the present regulatory document consists of two major parts. In the Part A mandatory general and special criteria for the intact stability applicable to various types of vessels have been provided. The Part B, in turn, contains recommendations for the certain vessel types, supplemented with the additional guidelines. In second part of the volume there are some recommended design criteria and guidance to preparing the ship's stability information (including the utilization of stability instruments), icing considerations, operational provisions against capsizing, determination of the ship's lightship parameters, and consideration for the weathertight/watertight integrity of the ship. There are two annexes supplementing this publication and containing detailed guidance for the preparation and proper conduct of an inclining experiment, and useful recommendations for masters of fishing vessels on ensuring a ship's endurance in iced waters. In short, the Code is presenting the mandatory and recommendatory criteria together with the other measures to ensure the safe operation of the vessels and minimize the possible risks to the vessels, crew members and environment. This publication is featuring the complete update of the previous Code, influences on the intact stability, together with some useful explanatory notes plus other valuable technical info.