A safe and environmentally-friendly robot technology improving ship cargo hold cleaning will assist the dry bulk industry in hold cleaning operations, by reducing the risk of cargo contamination and decrease the cleaning costs.
IMO’s MEPC 74 in May adopted resolution MEPC.315(74), amending regulations 1, 13, appendix IV and appendix VI of MARPOL Annex II concerning cargo residues and tank washings of persistent floating products with a high viscosity and/or high melting point in specific areas.
Bulk carriers constitute a significant fragment of the global maritime transport of goods, making up 15–17% of the world’s merchant fleets. Bulk carrier operations require careful planning and preparation to maintain cargo quality as is and to avoid any delays and disputes. One critical aspect of this preparation is the cargo hold cleaning.
BIMCO Documentary Committee Outcome
Secretariat issues suggested HME wording for hold cleaning clause
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