Styrene Product Data Resolved

The European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) Logistics Department has recently announced that that the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP) Extremely Hazardous Substance (EHS) working group has accepted the chemical industry's interpretation of data regarding chronic aquatic toxicity and acute mammalian percutaneous toxicity of styrene … in other words how greatly toxic styrene is in water and how far it will penetrate the skin of a mammal.  

According to GESAMP representatives,  the styrene profile and the essential data submitted are sufficient to establish the pollution category and ship type assigned for inclusion in the revised IBC code.  An official report regarding this issue will also be issued by GESAMP. The regulatory status for the shipment of styrene monomer by sea in bulk from January 1st 2007 has now been secured.  

As has been reported in INTERTANKO’s Weekly NEWS Issue 50/2004 similar data is still missing for a number of additional products.

The INTERTANKO Chemical Tanker Committee and Subcommittee (Americas) have been working to raise awareness regarding the data that is missing from chapter 17 or 18 of the IBC code due to missing safety data, pollution data or both. A joint MSC Circ. 1128/MEPC Circ. 423  circular contains  a list of products that have been omitted due to the lack of essential data in order to assist the industry in supplying this missing information.  

Contact:Margaret Doyle