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IBC Code, 2007 Edition

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IBC Code, 2007 Edition

On 17 June 1983, the Maritime Safety Committee adopted, by resolution MSC.4(48), the International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk (IBC Code). On 5 December 1985, by resolution MEPC.19(22), the IBC Code was extended by the Marine Environment Protection Committee to cover marine pollution aspects for the implementation of Annex II to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as modified by the Protocol of 1978 relating thereto (MARPOL). Henceforth, chemical tankers constructed on or after 1 July 1986 must comply with the provisions of the Code, under the provisions of chapter VII of the International ConventionThe revised Annex II to MARPOL, which was adopted by resolution MEPC.118(52), encompassed the development of a new pollution categorization 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 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 light of new information, and the evaluation and assignment of carriage requirements of new products has continued with a view to inclusion in the next set of amendments of the IBC Code. These products have also been included in chapters 17 or 18 as appropriate. Under regulation 11 of Annex II to MARPOL, 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, the BCH Code remains as a recommendation. The BCH Code is issued as a separate publication. The IBC Code is now the definitive source of names for products subject to Annex II to MARPOL. The Index of Dangerous Chemicals Carried in Bulk is included in this publication. 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 enter into force.