IMO Assembly issues updated list of products omitted from the IBC Code due to missing safety/pollution data

Last week, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Assembly issued a revised list of products missing from Chapters 17 or 18 of the revised International Code for the Construction & Equipment of Ships Carrying Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk (IBC Code). These products have been excluded because of missing safety data, pollution data or both. The updated list is based on the list reviewed at the most recent session of the Working Group on the Evaluation of Safety and Pollution Hazards (ESPH) Work Groups. 

The list issued for Assembly reflects information that was submitted for review during an ad hoc meeting of one of the Sub Groups of the GESAMP/EHS Working Group held 15-18 November. A number of additional hazard profiles of products (from a previous list reviewed during ESPH 11) were completed and will be formally categorised in 2006. The updated list contains a full hazard profile for certain products and indicates those products still missing data. Click here for the latest list. 

Although over 60 products were approved during ESPH 11 and the list issued by Assembly is encouraging, there are still many products remaining on the updated list. Unless this data is received by the IMO by year end, any products still left on the list will not be included in the revised IBC Code. If no action is taken, these products will not be permitted to be carried in bulk after 1 January 2007 

It is therefore imperative that the manufacturers of these products supply the missing safety/pollution data to the IMO secretariat as soon as possible. The deadline for submission of data for these products remains 31 December 2005. 

Contact: Margaret Doyle