In February 2015 the PPR Sub-Committee agreed to assign carriage requirements on the basis of a “worst case scenario” pending receipt of the data required for the product to be evaluated. Pollution Category X was therefore assigned, with other carriage requirements the same as for vegetable oils. Data on the product was subsequently submitted and a paper submitted to the 21st sessin of the ESPH Group proposing that the pollution category be changed to Y.
International legislation prescribes that bulk liquids offered for shipment by sea must be accompanied by an MSDS based on the format agreed by the UN Globally Harmonised System of Labelling of Chemicals but IPTA Members report continuing issues associated with the provision of MSDS, including missing or incorrect information on topics such as physical characteristics and transport information of products being shipped. The MSDS Information Paper put together by IPTA, Intertanko, CDI, CEFIC and DGAC sets out the regulatory environment surrounding MSDS and provides information on the format and content of MSDS for products being shipped under the IBC code. We would suggest that ship oeprators bring this to the attention of charterers and shippers and encourage them to follow its recommendations.
The 95th session of the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee adopted the text of the International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low Flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code), together with amendments to SOLAS to make it mandatory. Both will enter into force on 1 January 2017.
The text of the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters has now been adopted by both the Maritime Safety Committee and the Marine Enviornment Protection Committee, together with the amendments to SOLAS and MARPOL that are necessary to make it mandatory.
The Code will apply to internationally trading ships operating in polar regions and contains measures addressing design, construction, equipment, operational measures, training, search and rescue and environmental protection.
Following the amendments to SOLAS to require the application of inert gas to chemical tankers carrying low flash cargoes, concern was expressed by some chemical manufacturers that the inhibitors necessary to prevent polymerisation in their cargoes require a higher level of oxygen than that indicated in the new SOLAS regulations.
In May 2014 the IMO's Maritime Safety Committee approvedamendments to SOLAS and the Fire Safety Systems Code to mandate the use of inert gas on new oil tankers of below 20,000 dwt and new chemical tankers. The amendments provide for a lower lower size limit of 8,000 dwt and allow for vessels of less than 20,000 dwt to use shore-supplied inert gas rather than install an inert gas system where appropriate.
There is also a provision for chemical tankers to have the option of dispensing with the inerting of tanks prior to loading, providing that inert gas is applied for the discharge and thereafter throughout the tank cleaning phases. Consequential amendments have also been made to the IBC Code, including regulation 15.13.5 in relation to the use of inert gas with cargoes requiring oxygen-dependent inhibitors. When such products are being carried the vessel will not inert until immediately prior to discharge and the shipper of the cargo will be required to provide details of the level of xygen necessary for the functioning of the inhibitor.
The regulations will enter into force on 1 January 2016.
The text of the amendments can be found in the Members' Area.