What is the basic idea behind “goal- based” standards?

IMO states what must be achieved, leaving classification societies, ship designers and naval architects, marine engineers and ship builders the freedom to decide on how best to employ their professional skills to meet the required standards. This makes possible alternative designs and arrangements for ships.

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