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How IMO OSV Chemical Code affects US offshore supply vessels

As the IMO’s 2021 to the IBC Code (MEPC.318(74) and MSC.460(101)) are entering into force on 1st January, offshore supply vessels that intend to carry NLS on international voyages after that date will be required to meet the carriage requirements listed in the OSV Chemical Code or approved equivalents, USCG advised through a new information bulletin (MSIB 24-20). 

BIMCO: IBC and MARPOL ANNEX II amendments require preparations by January 1, 2021

BIMCO reminds the shipping industry to replace existing certificates concerning the International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk (IBC Code) and International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution From Ships, 1973 as modified by the Protocol of 1978 (MARPOL) Annex II – Carriage of noxious liquid substances in bulk, as the amendments will enter into force on January 1st 2021.

Amendments related to the IBC Code

On 17 May 2019, MEPC 74 adopted resolution MEPC.318(74), aiming to amend the chapters 1, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 21 of the International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk (IBC Code).

Amendments to the IBC Code and BCH Code

In April 2018, IMO MEPC 72 adopted amendments to the IBC Code and BCH Code due to enter into force on January 1st of 2020. Namely, the amendments concern the International Certificate of Fitness and the Certificate of Fitness for the Carriage of Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk.

New carriage requirements for all IBC Code listed products

The IMO is reassessing carriage requirements for products listed in the IBC Code. This means the current list of cargo with the Certificate of Fitness will change for chemical tankers. The amendments are expected to take effect 1 July 2020, subject to approval. Thus, DNV GL offers owners useful information to consider early actions.

Revision of IBC code continued

Work continued on the revision of chapters 17 (Summary of minimum requirements), 18 List of products to which the code does not apply) and 21 (Criteria for assigning carriage requirements for products subject to the IBC Code) of the IBC Code

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