MEPC 56 - MARPOL Annex II shipping document on solidifying substances

Both INTERTANKO and the International Parcel Tankers Association (IPTA) made separate submissions to MEPC this week (9-13 July 2007) regarding one aspect of the revisions to MARPOL Annex II in relation to recurring problems with the lack of information and documentation relative to vessels carrying solidifying cargoes in particular vegetable oils.


Difficulties in complying with the amended IBC Code have been occurring when a vessel arrives in port without the required information for the carriage of certain Category Y products that reference special requirements in the amended IBC Code, more specifically paragraphs 16.2.6 and 16.2.9 regarding the supply of information pertaining to viscosity and melting point for solidifying cargoes.


MEPC agreed, with the concurrence of INTERTANKO, that the simplest way forward to address this issue will be by issuing an MEPC Circular requesting Member States to bring this requirement to the attention of the relevant sectors of the Industry.


INTERTANKO will make some minor changes to its "optional" shipping document (to bring this in line with the Circular) and make this available to INTERTANKO members as an "Optional" shipping document should they wish to use it if the information is not available in the official shipping documents.


Contact: Howard Snaith