Amendments to the Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk (BCH Code) adopted at MEPC

The MEPC 54 meetings adopted the consequential amendments to the Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk (BCH) Code by resolution this week.  It was agreed that it was highly desirable for the provisions of the BCH Code, which are mandatory under MARPOL 73/78 and recommendatory from the safety aspect, to remain identical when adopted at the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) and the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) later this year. As the revisions regarding the BCH Code were completed after the revisions to the IBC Code, the amendments to the BCH code shall be deemed to have been accepted on the 1 February 2007 and shall enter into force on the 1 August 2007.  

Nonetheless whilst noting article 16 of the "1973 convention" and article VI of the "1978 protocol" MEPC also adopted an MEPC resolution on the early and effective application of the 2006 amendments to the BCH Code, effectively inviting parties to MARPOL 73/78 to consider the application of the revised BCH Code as soon as practically possible for ships entitled to fly their flags, taking into account the revisions to the IBC Code which enter into force on the 1 January 2007. The resolution also invites the maritime industry to implement the amendments to the BCH Code as soon as possible but also noting the entry into force date of the IBC Code and the revised MARPOL Annex II, which is the 1 January 2007. 

The full text of the revised BCH Code will be included in next week's Weekly NEWS.

 

Contact: Howard Snaith