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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.
Ship Type GT Date of entry into force
All ships which carry bulk liquid
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.
Ship owners should develop procedures or issue instructions to assure that the Master and crew are
aware of these prohibitions.
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