Prohibition of the blending of bulk liquid cargoes and production processes during sea






 
The new regulation of

SOLAS Chapter VI prohibits

the physical blending of bulk

liquid cargoes and

production process during

the sea voyage from January

01, 2014. Through MSC.325(90) a new regulation 5-2 has been adopted to SOLAS Chapter VI that includes two

requirements for the carriage of cargoes. The first requirement is the prohibition of physical blending of

bulk liquid cargoes during the sea voyages and the second requirement the prohibition of any

production process on board a ship during sea voyages.

Prohibition of the blending of bulk liquid cargoes

As per new regulation 5-2 of SOLAS/VI the blending of bulk liquid cargoes during the voyage is

forbidden. However, as per paragraph 1 of the new regulation this prohibition does not prevent the

master from undertaking cargo transfers for the safety of the ship or protection of the marine

environment. Also, as per paragraph 2 of the same regulation, this prohibition does not apply to the

blending of product for use in the search and exploitation of seabed mineral resources on board ships

used to facilitate such operations.

Prohibition of any production process

With the new regulation 5-2 any production process on board a ship during sea voyages is also

banned. As per paragraph 3 of the new regulation, production processes refer to any deliberate

operation whereby a chemical reaction between a ship’s cargo and any other substance or cargo takes

place. As with the prohibition of the blending of bulk liquid cargoes, this prohibition does not apply to

the production processes of cargoes for use in the search and exploitation of seabed mineral resources

on board ships used to facilitate such operation.

Applicability

Ship Type GT Date of entry into force

All ships which carry bulk liquid

cargoes*

Irrespective of size 01 January 2014

*Prohibition of blending of product and production process of cargoes for use in the search and exploitation of seabed mineral source will be

exempted from these requirements.

Act now

Ship owners should develop procedures or issue instructions to assure that the Master and crew are

aware of these prohibitions.

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