In demonstrating its ongoing commitment to support the work of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), IACS will attend the next meeting of the IMO’s Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC 5) that will meet from 10 to 14 September 2018. 

IACS has submitted 13 papers to this meeting on the following issues:

  • based on the experience gained to date in its application, proposals for amendments to two sections of the International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code). These draft amendments relate to sections of the Code that address:
    • the provisions relating to pressure relief systems;
    • clarification of the term “for fire protection purposes”; and
    • requirements for fuel preparation room fire extinguishing systems (CCC 5/3/2);
  • technical-based comments that urge the Sub-Committee to re-confirm the draft amendments to the IGF Code as agreed at CCC 4 on requirements for fuel distribution outside of machinery spaces (CCC 5/3/5);
  • a request for clarification of the electrical equipment requirements in the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code relevant to the carriage of ammonium nitrate and related fertilizers (CCC 5/5/8);
  • draft unified interpretations relating to the requirements in the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code relating to the stowage of goods of class 1 (CCC 5/8/1);
  • IACS Unified Interpretations (UI) relating to the requirements in the IGF Code on the following issues:
    • protection of ship steel from gas fuel tanks located on open decks (IACS UI GF2) (CCC 5/8); and
    • fire protection of spaces containing equipment for fuel preparation (IACS UI GF13); hazardous are classification of fuel storage hold spaces (IACS UI GF14); and alarms for loss of ventilation capacity (IACS UI GF15) (CCC 5/8/10); and
  • Requests for clarification, draft unified interpretations and IACS UIs relating to the requirements in the International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Liquefied Gases in Bulk (IGC Code) (resolution MSC.370(93)) on the following issues:
    • capacity of the emergency fire pump (CCC 5/8/2);
    • arrangements to prevent the backflow of cargo vapour into the inert gas system (CCC 5/8/3);
    • deck water spray systems (IACS UI GC22) (CCC 5/8/6);
    • thermal insulation of cargo piping systems (UI GC 25) (CCC 5/8/7);
    • cargo tank structure heating power supply (UI GC23) (CCC 5/8/8); and
    • fire testing of emergency shutdown valves (UI GC24) (CCC 5/8/9).

IACS will also closely monitor the discussions and consider any requests for advice and comments from this session of the Sub-Committee that fall within the experience, expertise and remit of IACS and its Members; especially in relation to the IGC and IGF Codes; the suitability of high manganese austenitic steel for cryogenic service; and the provisions related to weather-dependant lashings in the Code of Safe Practice for Cargo Stowage and Securing.

Any enquiries on the above should be sent to Paul Sadler, IACS Accredited Representative to IMO, at permsec@iacs.org.uk

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