The 2012 amendments to the IBC Code – adopted by IMO Resolutions MSC.340(91) and MEPC.225(64) – will enter into force on 1 June, 2014, and will revise Chapter 17 (the summary of minimum requirements) and Chapter 18 (the list of products to which the Code does not apply).
The amendments apply to new and existing vessels which have IBC/BCH Code Certificates of Fitness and Noxious Liquid Substances Certificates. Offshore supply vessels with certificates of Fitness in compliance with IMO Resolution A.673(16), as amended, will also be affected.
New certificates complying with these amendments must be on board from 1 June, 2014. All loading after this date must be in accordance with the new certificates. When a cargo is loaded before 1 June, 2014, and unloaded after this date, the relevant IBC Code provisions at the time of loading should apply until the cargo has been unloaded.
Issue of revised certificates
Lloyd’s Register will start issuing revised certificates with immediate effect. These will have the same expiry date as the existing certificates and will supersede them on June 1, 2014. The existing certificates must be retained until 1 June, 2014.
Both certificates will be endorsed by our surveyors during any periodical surveys carried out before 1 June, 2014.
What to do now
Owners and Technical Managers are advised to contact their local Lloyd’s Register group office in order to request new certificates.