MSC 82 - Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) approved

The 82nd session of the IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 82) has approved draft new SOLAS regulation VI/5-1 making the carriage of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) mandatory for the transport of MARPOL Annex I cargoes and marine fuel oils, and requested the Secretary-General to circulate the draft new regulation, in accordance with SOLAS Article VIII, for consideration at MSC 83 with a view to adoption.


INTERTANKO initiated this new regulation quite a few years ago but approval of the draft regulation was challenged by a submission from the International Bunker Industry Associations (IBIA), which raised a number of concerns with regard to the criteria required by the standard MSDS. This is a second attempt to re-open the debate and change the MSDS, which unfortunately had the support of the U.K. and the Netherlands. Surprisingly the Netherlands supported a concern expressed by IBIA on elements which a few years ago it had itself promoted.


Following a debate on this issue, MSC 82 concluded by referring the IBIA document to BLG 11 (April 2007), for consideration. It is important that MSC 82 decided to conclude and adopt the SOLAS regulation VI/5-1 at its next session, with or without any further amendments to the MSDS format and content, as advised by BLG 11. INTERTANKO will pursue the matter.


Contact: Dragos Rauta