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Amendements to MARPOL Annex II have been agreed to require a prewash for vegetable oils and waxes after unloading in ports in Western and Northern Europe.   The products covered will be indicated in column o of chapter 17 of the IBC Code by a reference to a new regulation 16.2.7.  The text of the amendments can be found in the Members' Area.
The amendment text still has to be adopted by the Marine Environment Protection Committee and is now expected to enter into force in January 2021, rather than 2020, as had originally been anticipated.

EU Regulation 1257/2013 is intended to bring forward application of the Hong Kong Convention on Ship Recycling.  It will become effective on 31 December 2018, unless the annual ship recycling output of the recycling facilities in the EU approved list has reached 2.5 million LDT before then, and will apply primarily to new EU flagged ships.  Existing ships and ships flying third party Flags trading in EU waters will be requred to comply with the requirements for an Inventory of Hazardous Materials by the end of 2020.

On 19 December 2016 the EU published its list of approved facilities, which will be updated by further implementing acts as appropriate in the future.

In February 2015 the PPR Sub-Committee agreed to assign carriage requirements on the basis of a “worst case scenario” pending receipt of the data required for the product to be evaluated.  Pollution Category X was therefore assigned, with other carriage requirements the same as for vegetable oils. Data on the product was subsequently submitted and a paper submitted to the 21st sessin of the ESPH Group proposing that the pollution category be changed to Y.  

The 95th session of the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee adopted the text of the International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low Flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code), together with amendments to SOLAS to make it mandatory. Both will enter into force on 1 January 2017. 

Monday, 08 December 2014 00:00

Polar Code

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The text of the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters has now been adopted by both the Maritime Safety Committee and the Marine Enviornment Protection Committee, together with the amendments to SOLAS and MARPOL that are necessary to make it mandatory.  

The Code will apply to internationally trading ships operating in polar regions and contains measures addressing design, construction, equipment, operational measures, training, search and rescue and environmental protection. 

In May 2014 the IMO's Maritime Safety Committee approvedamendments to SOLAS and the Fire Safety Systems Code to mandate the use of inert gas on new oil tankers of below 20,000 dwt and new chemical tankers. The amendments provide for a lower lower size limit of 8,000 dwt and allow for vessels of less than 20,000 dwt to use shore-supplied inert gas rather than install an inert gas system where appropriate.

There is also a provision for chemical tankers to have the option of dispensing with the inerting of tanks prior to loading, providing that inert gas is applied for the discharge and thereafter throughout the tank cleaning phases. Consequential amendments have also been made to the IBC Code, including regulation 15.13.5 in relation to the use of inert gas with cargoes requiring oxygen-dependent inhibitors. When such products are being carried the vessel will not inert until immediately prior to discharge and the shipper of the cargo will be required to provide details of the level of xygen necessary for the functioning of the inhibitor.

The regulations will enter into force on 1 January 2016.

The text of the amendments can be found in the Members' Area.

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