• passenger ships, regardless of size, since at least 1974
• dry cargo ships over 100 metres in length, constructed on or after February 1, 1992
• dry cargo ships over 80 metres in length, constructed on or after July 1, 1998, and
• all ships, regardless of length, constructed on or after January 1, 2009.
The text of the current requirement (applicable to all ships constructed on or after January 1, 2009) can be found in SOLAS Chapter II-1, Part B-4, Regulation 19.
Further guidance on what the damage control plan and damage control booklet should contain is provided in circular MSC.1/Circ.1245.
The previous circular on the subject, MSC/Circ.919, gave similar information for ships which had to provide these documents under the earlier requirements.