Amendments to SOLAS Chapter VI
The IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 89) this week considered the draft amendments to SOLAS Chapter VI regarding the prohibition of the blending of bulk liquid cargoes during the sea voyage.
These amendments were developed by the Sub-committee on Bulk Liquids and Gases (BLG) to mandate the circular developed to prohibit the blending of bulk liquid cargoes onboard during the sea voyage.
During its discussions, MSC also considered a proposal from the Netherlands to develop and approve an additional regulation specifically to prohibit production processes onboard ships that result in new products.
The importance of this issue was acknowledged by the Committee. However, noting the technical aspects of developing such regulations, the Committee decided to refer this to the next session of BLG (BLG 16) for further consideration and subsequent advice to the next session of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 90).
The draft amendment to SOLAS Chapter VI, which the Committee has approved, will be circulated in accordance with SOLAS article VIII with a view to adoption at MSC 90.
The proposal by Netherlands can be accessed here