Missing chemical data means no bulk carriage by sea from 2007

INTERTANKO is concerned that chemical data that is still missing from the IBC Code* will mean that certain products will not be permitted to be carried in bulk by sea from 2007. 

When the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee adopted the revised IBC code last year, a joint MSC/MEPC Circular (MSC Circ.1128 / MEPC Circ.423) was issued containing a list of products that had been omitted from Chapters 17 or 18 of the IBC Code, because of the lack of essential safety and/or pollution data on these products. 

INTERTANKO has already highlighted this issue. However, although data on about 60 products has been received, an update by the GESAMP/EHS and ESPH** Working Groups has enabled INTERTANKO to ascertain that there are still roughly 120 chemical products for which data is missing. Unless this data is received by the IMO, these products will not be included in the revised IBC Code. This means that these products will not be permitted to be carried in bulk by sea after 1/1/2007.  

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

The list of products with missing data is available here. 

In addition to this effort to raise awareness throughout industry, INTERTANKO is also reaching out specifically to the producers of these substances, as well as to related industry associations such as the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) and the American Chemistry Council. We have been in touch with the U.S. Coast Guard requesting that this list be placed on the US Federal Register 

INTERTANKO is also in discussions with a number of administrations looking into the possibility of submitting a document to the IMO (via MEPC) recommending that those substances that are not categorised be provisionally categorised, with the highest requirements, until the proper data has been submitted and the substance categorised. This would allow the substance to be shipped in bulk under the provisions of the revised Annex II, but without deferring the implementation date of 1 January 2007. 

[* International Code for the Construction & Equipment of Ships Carrying Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk]

[** The Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP);

GESAMP Working Group on the Evaluation of the Hazards of Harmful Substances Carried by Ships (EHS);

Evaluation of Safety and Pollution Hazards Working Group (ESPH)]

Contact: Howard Snaith