MARPOL Annex II and the IBC Code

Amendments effective January 1, 2016

New requirements have been introduced into the IBC Code by IMO Resolution MSC.369(93), to make the provision of a stability instrument mandatory on board all chemical tankers. The stability instrument shall be capable of verifying compliance with intact and damage stability requirements. See Class News No.17/2015 for further guidance.

Amendments effective June 1, 2014

The 2012 amendments to the IBC Code – adopted by IMO Resolutions MSC.340(91) and MEPC.225(64) –entered into force on 1 June, 2014, and revised Chapter 17 (the summary of minimum requirements) and Chapter 18 (the list of products to which the Code does not apply).

The amendments apply to new and existing vessels which have IBC/BCH Code Certificates of Fitness and Noxious Liquid Substances Certificates. Offshore supply vessels with certificates of Fitness in compliance with IMO Resolution A.673(16), as amended, also are affected.

New certificates complying with these amendments must be on board from 1 June, 2014. All loading after this date must be in accordance with the new certificates. When a cargo is loaded before 1 June, 2014, and unloaded after this date, the relevant IBC Code provisions at the time of loading should apply until the cargo has been unloaded.

Amendments effective January 1, 2007

The IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) adopted a revised MARPOL 73/78 Annex II Regulations for the Control of Pollution by Noxious Liquid Substances in Bulk in 2004 which entered into force on 1 January 2007 and applied to both new and existing ships.

This revised Annex used a new four-category pollution category system for noxious liquid substances; the existing A, B, C and D category system became X,Y and Z.

How does Lloyd's Register help?

Identification of what cargoes can be carried on your ship(s) when the new requirements enter into force

Using the ship parameters held on record for vessels we have previously issued with an NLS certificate or Certificate of Fitness, we can determine which cargoes could be carried after June 1, 2014.

If you have not previously had NLS certification from Lloyd's Register, then on completion of a questionnaire we can still provide you with details of the cargoes that could be carried after June 1, 2014.

If you have any proposed modifications to your vessel, we are able to analyse these proposals in order to determine which additional cargoes could be carried were these changes to be undertaken.

Advisory services

After January 1, 2007, it may be a more viable option for instance to convert a product tanker to a chemical tanker. Lloyd's Register Consultancy Services Group can offer guidance regarding the necessary modifications. The Statutory and Structures Services surveyors can approve the arrangements on behalf of many administrations, and issue certification and cargo lists for trading purposes.

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