The IMO issued a press briefing summarizing the recently concluded session of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC). The MSC adopted an amendment to the SOLAS Convention which will make mandatory the International Code for the Application of Fire Test Procedures (2010 FTP Code). The expected entry into force date is 1 July 2012. The MSC also adopted a requirement for annual testing of AIS and amendments to regulation V/23 on pilot transfer arrangements. (12/20/10).