Which types of ships are special purpose ships?

Ships of 500 GT or more of the following types:Β 

(1) research, expeditions or surveying; (2) training of marine personnel; (3) whale and fish factory, not engaged in catching; (4) ships processing other living resources of the sea, not engaged in catching; (5) ships with design features and modes similar to the above, at the Administration’s discretion, if carrying more than 12 special personnel. Examples are British Antarctic Survey ships, cable ships, pipe- laying vessels and diving support ships.


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In relation to Special Purpose Ships, who are special personnel?

Which IMO instrument governs the construction, equipment and operation of special purpose ships?