Editorial Note

The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea came into force on November 19, 1952. The Convention had been adopted at a conference held at London in 1948 and ratified by the United States on December 16, 1949. It provided for safety standards in ship construction, fire protection, lifesaving appliances, radio equipment, and the handling of dangerous cargoes. For the Department’s press releases concerning the Convention, see Department of State Bulletin, September 22, 1952, page 464, and December 29, 1952, page 1024. For President Truman’s Executive Order 10402, giving effect to the Convention, see ibid., December 1, 1952, page 865.