| Thursday, October 16, 2014 |
The draft International Code of Safety for Ships Using Gases or
other Low Flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code), as well as proposed amendments making
the Code mandatory under SOLAS, has been agreed upon by the inaugural session
of the Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC1).
What is the IGF Code?
The IGF Code is designed to give mandatory provisions for the
installation, arrangement, control and monitoring of equipment, machinery and
systems that use low flashpoint fuels, with the goal of minimizing risk to the
ship, its crew, and the environment.The
Code addresses areas that need special consideration for the use of such fuels,
and the approach is goal-based. Goals
and requirements for each section form the basis for the construction, design
and operation of vessels using this type of fuel.
What vessels are affected?
It has been agreed that the new Code will apply to both new ships
as well as those vessels converting from conventional fuel to the use of gases
or low-flashpoint fuels, on or later than the date of the Code’s entry into
force. The Code will not apply to cargo
ships of less than 500 gross tonnage; however, the Code could apply to these
vessels on a voluntary basis.
The draft SOLAS amendments and IGF Code will be submitted to the
Maritime Safety Committee in November for approval with an eye toward
New work plan developed
Because the draft Code focuses on the specific requirements for
vessels using LNG as a first step, the Sub-Committee also agreed upon a work
plan for the next developmental phase of the IGF Code. The IGF Correspondence Group was
re-established to further develop the following:
- Guidelines for vessels
that use methyl or ethyl alcohol as fuel
- Procedures for fuel cells
for inclusion in the IGF Code
- Measures for vessels
using low-flashpoint diesel or oil for inclusions in the IGF Code
Other items considered at the Session:
- Informative material
related to CTU Code Agreed
- IMSBC Code Amendments
- Draft Amendments to
IMSBC Code on “Harmful to the Marine Environment” Developed
- Amendments to the CSS
- Next Set of IMDG Code
- Development of ACEP
You can find more details and further discussion on the IMO’s website.