Specifically, the bulletin is applicable to all vessels registered in the Bahamas to which the IGC Code applies.

Generally, IMO adopted amendments to the IGC Code at its 97th session, that are scheduled to be in force on January 1, 2020.

The existing paragraph 3.2.5 of the IGC Code is to be replaced by the following:

3.2.5 Windows and sidescuttles facing the cargo area and on the sides of the superstructures and deckhouses within the limits specified in 3.2.4, except wheelhouse windows, shall be constructed to "A-60" class. Sidescuttles in the shell below the uppermost continuous deck and in the first tier of the superstructure or deckhouse shall be of fixed (non-opening) type".

More importantly, the new paragraph deletes the requirement for wheelhouse windows to be built to not less than 'A-0' class.

Moreover, the Bahamas Maritime Authority highlighted that its accepts the voluntary early implementation of amended IGC Code regulation 3.2.5 for ships registered in The Bahamas in lieu of the existing regulation 3.2.5, from the date of this Bulletin and to existing vessels built on or after 01 January 2016 on replacement of their wheelhouse windows.

Concluding, the Authority advises that a copy of this bulletin should be kept along with the statutory certificates onboard any vessel, in case of any queries by Port State Control Officers or third-party inspectors.

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