Below please find information on amendments to AnnexX II to the MARPOL Convention and the IBC/BCH CODE - transport of substances that are persistent floaters on chemical tanker/oil tankers:

  1. On 01.01.2021 amendments applicable for new and existing chemical tanker/oil tankers carrying substances that are persistent floaters subject to requirements of MARPOL Annex II (MEPC.315(74)), the IBC Code (MEPC.318(74)) and BCH Code (MEPC.319(74)) will enter into force.

  2. Amendments to MARPOL Annex II impose prewash requirements in the port of unloading for substances assigned to category Y (in accordance with IBC/BCH Code) that are persistent floaters in the areas described by IMO.

  3. The transport of substances that are persistent floaters require amendments to the vessel’s Procedures and Arrangements Manual (P&A Manual) and re-approval by Flag Administrations or acting on their behalf Recognized Organization by 1 January 2021.

  4. Additionally, when the substances that are persistent floaters are intended to be carry on the vessel the List of products given in International Certificate of Fitness for the carriage of dangerous chemical in bulk shall be amended. The amended list should be approved also by 1 January 2021.

  5. If a vessel is carrying one of those substances:
  • Offshore bulk liquid contaminated Sulphur,
  • Sodium hydrosulphide/Ammonium sulphide solution or
  • Sodium hydrosulphide solution (45% or less),

     the Equipment for Detection of Hydrogen sulphide (H2S) shall be provided on board.

New International Certificate of Fitness for the Carriage of Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk based on the new amendments shall be issued prior to the entry into force date of the amendments and kept on board with the existing certificate.

The revised certificate will have the same expiry date as the existing certificate and is effective, and supersedes the existing certificate, on 1 January 2021.