Revised guidelines for the transport of vegetable oils in deeptanks or independent tanks on dry cargo ships

The MEPC adopted revised guidelines for the transport of vegetable oils in deeptanks or independent tanks specially designed for the carriage of vegetable oils in general dry cargo ships, which will take effect from 1 January 2007 and a new MEPC resolution will be prepared that will supersede MEPC.120(52) 

These guidelines are outlined as follows: 

1. Preamble

1.1 The guidelines have being developed to allow general dry cargo vessels which are currently certified to carry vegetable oil in bulk to carry these vegetable oils on specific trades.

The guidelines will apply only under the following conditions: 

.1 The vegetable oils are carried in deeptanks or independent tanks in general dry cargo ships specifically designed for the carriage of such oils under an NLS (Noxious Liquid Substance) certificate issued before 1/1 2007.

.2 The products allowed to be carried are restricted to those unmodified vegetable oils (primarily triglycerides) which are listed in the IBC Code identified by a footnote (k) in column e. 

.3 The ship complies with all discharge requirements under Annex II to MARPOL 73/78. 

2. Carriage in deeptanks 

An administration may grant a relaxation for the carriage requirements as required by the IBC Code when veg oils are carried in deeptanks in general dry cargo ships between states for which it is demonstrated that, as a result of their geographical location, the transport of vegetable oils from the exporting state to the receiving state would not be viable using NLS tankers as required by Annex II of MARPOL. 

Before granting a relaxation, the administration shall receive a confirmation in writing that both the government of the country loading and of the country unloading concur with the relaxation. 

3. Carriage in independent tanks

An administration may grant a relaxation for the carriage requirements as required by the IBC Code when veg oils are carried in independent tanks in general dry cargo ships specially designed for their carriage. This relaxation shall be endorsed on the ship's certificate and shall be communicated to the IMO by the administration. The following criteria on construction and trade for such a relaxation shall apply: 

·          The independent tanks shall be situated at least 760mm from the shell plating;

 

·          Such carriage of veg oils shall be restricted to specifically identified trades. 

Every general dry cargo ship falling under paragraph 3 above shall be subject to Annex II of MARPOL regarding discharge requirements and the carriage of a manual and shall be certified to carry veg oils by means of the issue of a certificate under regulation 10.1 of that annex.

Contact: Howard Snaith or Margaret Doyle