The new probabilistic and more risk based subdivision and damage stability rules have brought many changes and more flexibility to the subdivision requirements for passenger ship designs. Whilst designers are still adapting to the fundamentally changed SOLAS requirements, applicable January 1st 2009, many additional items remain on the agenda of IMO addressing the stability of passenger ships. Additional damage stability regulations for ro-ro passenger ships as well as requirements towards stability and sea-keeping characteristics of damaged passenger ships in a seaway when returning to port by own power or under tow are among the topics that are currently being addressed. These could have considerable impact on future passenger- and ro-ro passenger vessel designs.

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