Centre for IMO Affairs informs that from 2021 become effective new requirements adopted by the International Maritime Organization in the scope of ships safety and prevention of marine environment pollution from ships.

A list of requirements is presented below in the form of a table, with the information about resolutions numbers, names of conventions or codes to which particular requirements apply, dates when given requirements enter into force and descriptions of amendments or new requirements.

 

Centre for IMO Affairs Manager

Aleksandra Lubowska

 

 

RESOLUTION

RELATIVE CONVENTIONS
AND CODES

SUBJECT

ENTRY INTO FORCE

2021-01-01

MSC.460(101)

IBC Code

Resolution introduces the following amendments:

-      chapter 1 (General) - replacement of section 1.3 (Definitions);

-      chapter 15 (Special requirements) – replacement of section 15.15 with paragraph on (H2S) detection equipment for bulk liquids;

-      chapter 16 (Operational requirements) – replacement of paragraph 16.2.7;

-      The content of chapter 17 (Summary of minimum requirements), 18 (List of products to which the Code does not apply), 19 (Index of Products Carried in Bulk) and 21 (Criteria for assigning carriage requirements for products subject to the IBC Code) has been amended.

MSC.461(101)

ESP Code 2011

 

Resolution contains the complete amended text of the 2011 ESP Code.

Parts A and B of annex A of the Code provide the requirements for bulk carriers with single-side skin and double-side skin construction respectively. Parts A and B of annex B of the Code provide the requirements for oil tankers with double-hull and non-double-hull construction respectively. The requirements of part A of annex B are also applicable to existing double hull tankers not complying with MARPOL regulation I/19, but which have a U-shaped midship section. For single-side skin combination carriers (ore and oil carriers) requirements are specified in the Code set out in part A of annex A and part B of annex B. For double-side skin combination carriers (ore and oil carriers) requirements are specified in the Code set out in part B of annex A and part A of annex B.

MSC.462(101)

IMSBC Code

Resolution introduces a consolidated version of the IMSBC Code, with amendment 05-19.

MSC.463(101)

BCH Code

Resolution introduces the following amendments:

-      chapter 4 (Special requirements) – new section 4.24 - Hydrogen sulphide (H2S) detection equipment for bulk liquids;

-      chapter 5 (Operational requirements) – replacement of paragraph 5.2.7;

-      chapter 6 (Summary of minimum requirements) – addition of new cross-references to the requirements in section Special requirements (column o).

MEPC.315(74)

MARPOL, Annex II

Resolution introduces the following amendments to MARPOL Annex II (Cargo residues and tank washings of persistent floating products):

-      chapter 1 (General), regulation 1 (Definitions) – new paragraph 23 with definition of persistent floater;

-      chapter 5 (Operational discharges of residues of noxious liquid substances), regulation 13 (Control of discharges of residues of noxious liquid substances) – new paragraph 7.1.4 (proceeding with substances assigned to category Y) and new paragraph 9 (Areas to which regulation 13.7.1.4 applies);

-      Appendix IV (Standard format for the procedures and arrangements manual), Section 4 (Procedures relating to the cleaning of cargo tanks, the discharge of residues, ballasting and deballasting) – replacement of paragraph 4.4.5;

-      Appendix IV, Addendum A (Flow diagrams – Cleaning of cargo tanks and disposal of tank washings/ballast containing residues of category X, Y and Z substances) – addition of new Note 4 (reference to chapter 17 of IBC Code);

-      Appendix VI (Prewash procedures) – new section C (For all ships).

MEPC.318(74)

IBC Code

Resolution introduces the following amendments pertinent to the provision of Hydrogen sulphide (H2S) detection equipment on board ships carrying bulk liquids prone to H2S formation and the mandatory requirements pertinent to handling of cargo residues and tank washings of persistent floating products of high viscosity:

-      chapter 1 (General) - replacement of section 1.3 (Definitions) and paragraph 1.5.1.2;

-      chapter 15 (Special requirements) – replacement of section 15.15 (Hydrogen sulphide (H2S) detection equipment for bulk liquids) and amendments to paragraph 15.8.25.1;

-      chapter 16 (Operational requirements) – replacement of section 16.2.7;

-      replacement of chapter 17 (Summary of minimum requirements), chapter 18 (List of products to which the Code does not apply), chapter 19 (Index of Products Carried in Bulk) and chapter 21 (Criteria for assigning carriage requirements for products subject to the IBC Code).

Section 15.15 has been modified so as to confirm that as per paragraph 13.2.1, additional H2S detection equipment is not required according to the Code.

MEPC.319(74)

BCH Code

Resolution introduces the amendments to special, operational and minimal requirements:

-      chapter 4 (Special requirements) - addition of new section 4.24 (Hydrogen sulphide (H2S) detection equipment for bulk liquids);

-      chapter 5 (Operational requirements) - replacement of paragraph 5.2.7;

-      chapter 6 (Summary of minimum requirements) - addition of new IBC/BCH cross-references to the requirements in section Special requirements (column o).