MARINE The 83rd session of IMO's Maritime Safety Committee agreed a number of changes and clarifications to the provisions governing the transport of hazardous liquids by sea in bulk
The regulations and standards governing the transport of oils and liquid chemicals in bulk by sea change relatively little, certainly in comparison with those relating to packaged goods. However, at its 83rd session this past October 3 to 12, the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), the unit within the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) responsible for the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), took a number of decisions that will result in changes to that Convention and impact the way that bulk cargoes are carried.
Amendments to SOLAS were included in Resolution MSC.239(83), which introduced two new regulations. One of particular interest to tanker shipping was Regulation VI/5-1, which will require ships carrying oil cargoes (as defined in Annex I to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution by Ships – Marpol) and marine fuel oils to be provided with a material safety data sheet (MSDS) prior to loading.
The text of this Regulation specifies that an MSDS must conform to the specifications and format laid down by Resolution MSC.150(77). This resolution is expected to be reviewed and, in all likelihood, amended at next month's meeting of the Bulk Liquids and Gases Sub-committee (BLG) and any revision should be taken into account when the new Regulation VI/5-1 enters into force on July 1, 2009.
In addition to this regulatory change, MSC issued two clarifications on the existing provisions. Following on from discussions by the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) at its 56th session, a joint circular was issued relating to the provision of information about products carried in bulk under Marpol Annex II and the International Bulk Chemicals (IBC) Code. MEPC-MSC.2/Circ.7 draws the attention of maritime administrations to the need for the shipping document to indicate the viscosity of a cargo at 20°C. When there is a reference in column o in the table of chapter 17, if the cargo's viscosity at that temperature exceeds 50 mPa, then the temperature at which the cargo has a viscosity of 50 mPa should be specified (paragraph 16.2.6 of the IBC Code). Also, the cargo's melting point should be indicated on the shipping document.
The circular makes it clear that this information is necessary to ascertain if a pre-wash is required following the discharge of cargo. Administrations have been asked to bring this circular to the attention of chemical, vegoil and oleochemical shippers.
MSC also issued a unified interpretation of paragraph 3.2.1 of chapter 3 in the IBC Code, which had been prepared by the Sub-committee on Fire Protection at its February 2007 session. As detailed in MSC.1/Circ.1241, issued this past October 30, paint lockers, regardless of their use, should not be located above cargo areas. Maritime administrations are invited to use this interpretation as guidance when applying the provisions of chapter 3 to ships constructed on or after October 5, 2007.
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