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New carriage requirements for IBC code products
Mar 24 2017( From Tanker Operator)

In the March, 2017 edition of DNV GL’s Technical & Regulatory news bulletin, the class society gave an update about the proposed changes specific to chemical tankers leading to a revision in the IBC code product list.
DNV GL exoplained that the IMO is reassessing carriage requirements for products listed in the IBC Code, resulting in current list of cargo with the Certificate of Fitness changing for chemical tankers. The amendments are expected to take effect on 1st July, 2020, subject to their approval.
During the 2004 amendments to MARPOL Annex II and the IBC Code, which introduced new pollution categories, all existing products were assessed based on pollution aspects only.
Due to time constraints, it was decided not to apply the safety criteria at the time. As a consequence, a two-tier IBC Code product list exists, where products after 2004 have been assessed differently and, in most cases, more strictly than previously assessed products, DNV GL explained. To close this loophole, it was later decided to also reassess pre-2004 products using the new criteria according to Chapter 21 of the IBC Code.
However, during this process it was soon recognised that before starting each individual product’s reassessment, a fine tuning of chapter 21 was necessary, especially for the ship type and tank type criteria. A revised chapter 21 was finalised in January, 2017 and is subject to approval at MSC and MEPC meetings scheduled for mid-2017. The next step is to reassess all the products by applying the revised criteria. The product assessment is expected to be finalised in 2018, with entry into force on 1st July, 2020 at the earliest.The biggest implication is believed to be for products changing their ship type or tank type, particularly if changing to Ship Type 1 and/or Tank Type 1G (independent tanks), as such tonnage is somewhat limited. There are also volume restrictions for Ship Type 1 and 2 cargoes, which, in order to better use the tank capacity, may favour smaller and multiple tanks for products given a stricter ship type.
In addition, there are also a considerable number of products (+200) not currently deemed as toxic but which now will be classified as such. This typically implies additional requirements on board for toxic vapour detection, cargo tank vent positioning, increased P/V opening set point, cargo and vent piping systems, use of stern line arrangements, and the cargo tank location relative to oil fuel tanks.
For most of these requirements, compliance may be achieved with minor modifications, but for cargo tanks located adjacent to fuel oil tanks, compliance may not be feasible, further reducing the range of products, which may be carried in these tanks. The implication for a specific vessel will depend of the design, arrangement and equipment fitted, DNV GL said. Prior to the entry-into-force date, all chemical tankers will be provided with a new Certificate of Fitness, including a new products list based on the revised requirements. The new certificate will take effect and supersede the existing certificate on the entry-into-force date