Material Safety Data Sheets

International legislation prescribes that bulk liquids offered for shipment by sea must be accompanied by an MSDS based on the format agreed by the UN Globally Harmonised System of Labelling of Chemicals but IPTA Members report continuing issues associated with the provision of MSDS, including missing or incorrect information on topics such as physical characteristics […]

2020 Sulphur Cap – Discussions at PPR 6

The 6th session of the PPR Sub-Committee considered various issues in relation to the implementation of the 2020 sulphur cap, including control measures by Port states, possible non-availability of compliant fuel and possible safety implications related to the use of low sulphur fuels.  Guidelines for Consistent Implementation of the 0.5% Sulphur Limit were finalised for […]

Carriage of High Viscosity and Persistent Floating Substances

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 […]

EU Ship Recycling Regulation

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. […]

Carriage of Used Cooking Oil

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 […]

Adoption of IGF Code

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.  The Code sets out provisions for the arrangement, […]

Polar Code

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 […]

Application of Inert Gas to Chemical Tankers

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 […]