IACS adopts IMO coatings standard as part of Common Structural Rules

As reported in Weekly NEWS No. 49/2006 of 8 December 2006, the 82nd session of the International Maritime Organization's (IMO's) Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 82) approved amendments to SOLAS regulations II-1/3-2 and XII/6.3 that mandate a Performance Standard for Protective Coatings for Dedicated Seawater Ballast Tanks in All Types of Ships and Double-Side Skin Spaces of Bulk Carriers.


The new performance standard for coating application will be mandated on ships not less than 500 GT with a building contract on or after 1 July 2008 and with a delivery date on or after 1 July 2012. Click here for a copy of the final draft of the provisional text of amended SOLAS II-1/3-2 and click here for the final draft of the Performance Standard for Protective Coatings.


However, the Council of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) has decided to adopt this standard as part of its Common Structural Rules for oil tankers and bulk carriers. Consequently, these types of ship with a building contract on or after 8 December 2006 will have to be coated according to the IMO adopted standard even though its enforcement in the IMO will came at a later stage.


It appears, however, that the practical enforcement of this standard requires more detailed guidance for industry best practice. After consultations, the shipyards, ship operators and IACS agreed to set up a Joint Working Group to develop such best industry practice. The Joint Working Group will commence its activities this spring and, when available, its Terms of Reference will be provided to members. Within INTERTANKO this activity will be coordinated by the INTERTANKO Safety, Technical and Environmental Committee (ISTEC).


Contact: Dragos Rauta