The International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk (IBC Code), 2007 Edition

The revised Annex II to MARPOL 73/78, which was adopted by resolution MEPC.118(52), encompassed the development of a new pollution categorisation system - and criteria for assigning products to these new categories - and the revision of stripping requirements and discharge criteria. As a consequence of these revisions, it was necessary to make a number of amendments to the International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk (IBC Code). The amended IBC Code was adopted by resolutions MEPC.119(52) and MSC.176(79) in October 2004 and December 2004 respectively. Since the adoption of the amended IBC Code by these two resolutions, products contained in the Code have had their carriage requirements or product name revised in the light of new information, and the evaluation and assignment of carriage requirements of new products have continued with a view to including them in the next set of amendments of the IBC Code. These products have also been included in chapters 17 or 18 as appropriate and are marked with a footnote (n) in this edition of the Code.

Under regulation 11 of Annex II to MARPOL 73/78, chemical tankers constructed before 1 July 1986 must comply with the provisions of the Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk (BCH Code). Under SOLAS 74, the BCH Code remains as a recommendation. The BCH Code is issued as a separate publication.

Previously, Appendices II and III of Annex II to MARPOL 73/78 contained lists of products which were reproduced in chapters 17 and 18 of the IBC Code as well as chapters VI and VII of pre-1993 editions of the BCH Code. However, since 1993, the lists of products in chapters VI and VII of the BCH Code have been replaced by references to the IBC Code, and the lists of products in Annex II to MARPOL 73/78 have been deleted. As a result, the IBC Code is now the definitive source of names for products subject to Annex II to MARPOL 73/78.

Reference is also made to the MEPC.2/Circulars, issued annually in December. These contain, inter alia, details of products that have been the subject of Tripartite Agreements and are, in effect, a supplement to the IBC Code during the interim period before the entry into force of relevant amendments of the Code. Annex 1 of these circulars includes products that are expected to become new or amended entries to the IBC Code. A future amendment, shown in the Circular, serves as prior notice of the carriage conditions which will only apply to that product when the next set of amendments enters into force.

A number of other documents closely related to the IBC Code are annexed to this publication. A compact disc containing files for chapters 17, 18 and 19, in portable document format, is also provided with the book, so that these chapters may be searched electronically.

 

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