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Carriage of High Viscosity and Persistent Floating Substances

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Amendements to MARPOL Annex II have been agreed to require a prewash for vegetable oils and waxes after unloading in ports in Western and Northern Europe.   The products covered will be indicated in column o of chapter 17 of the IBC Code by a reference to a new regulation 16.2.7.  The text of the amendments can be found in the Members' Area.
 
The amendment text still has to be adopted by the Marine Environment Protection Committee and is now expected to enter into force in January 2021, rather than 2020, as had originally been anticipated.