The Republic of the Marshall Islands Maritime Administrator released a guidance focused on the Application of MARPOL, ANNEX II to offshore support vessels.
o remind, new IBC Code requirements entered into force on 1 January 2021. Therefore, this guideline explains how Offshore Support Vessels (OSVs), certified in accordance with IMO Resolution A.673(16), may
meet the requirements to transport and handle hazardous and liquid substances in bulk.
As explained, the guideline applies to OSVs constructed before 1 July 2018 that are transporting and handling
In accordance with MARPOL Annex II/4.1.1, the Administrator’s transition period until 31 December 2021 permits OSVs that comply with IMO Resolution A.673(16) to continue carrying the full cargo range originally indicated in their Certificate of Fitness. The Administrator placed a notification of this transition period in the IMO GISIS system.
Continued cargo carriage under IMO Resolution A. 673(16) during this transition period, is subject to the OSV:
- maintaining a valid Certificate of Fitness
- carrying only products listed in Appendix 1 of A.673(16).
- these OSVs may continue to carry products that they are already certified to carry. No additional products may be added during this time.
During the transition period shipowners and operators of A.673(16)-compliant OSVs are strongly encouraged to:
- contact the relevant coastal State authority to discuss the requirements for operating in its jurisdiction.
- consult their Class Society for vessel-specific requirements.
- immediately implement the training in IMO Resolution A.1122(30), §15.3.
On 1 January 2022, OSVs with keels laid prior to 1 Jan 2018 must either:
- comply fully with OSV Chemical Code Res A.1122(30); or
- be restricted to carrying a revised products list under IMO Resolution A.673(16) as indicated in a newly issued Certificate of Fitness.