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The Guidelines became mandatory in 1996, under SOLAS regulation XI/2, which requires that bulk carriers and oil tankers be subject to an enhanced programme of inspections in accordance with the Guidelines. Since their adoption, the Guidelines have been frequently updated and brought in line with regulatory and technological developments as well as with current practice, in particular with the relevant IACS Unified Requirements. In this edition, the Guidelines have been amended as follows: - by the December 2000 amendments, which were adopted by resolution MSC.105(73) and entered into force on 1 July 2002; - by the May 2002 amendments, which were adopted by resolution MSC.125(75) and entered into force on 1 January 2004; - by the June 2003 amendments, which were adopted by resolution MSC.144(77) and entered into force on 1 January 2005; - by the May 2005 amendments, which were adopted by resolution MSC.197(80) and entered into force on 1 January 2007; and - by the May 2008 amendments, which were adopted by resolution MSC.261(84) and are expected to enter into force on 1 January 2010.