Published on: 29 July 2021
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has released a merchant shipping notice (MSN) relating to the carriage of dangerous goods and marine pollutants in packaged form. In addition the MSN relates to the transport of bulk chemicals and gas by sea in ships within UK waters and on UK ships wherever they may be.
The Merchant Shipping (Dangerous Goods and Marine Pollutants) Regulations 1997 contain provisions to give effect to the 40th amendment of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code, the 2020 edition of the International Bulk Chemical Code (IBC) and associated amendments to the *BCH Code.
The Merchant Shipping (Reporting Requirements for Ships Carrying Dangerous or Polluting Goods) Regulations 1995 and The Merchant Shipping (Vessel Traffic Monitoring and Reporting Requirements) Regulations 2004 also contain provisions to give effect to the 40th amendment to the IMDG Code.
This MSN is an integral part of the regulations described above.
The MSN 1906 (M) can be accessed here.
*The BCH Code is the shortened form for Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk, relating to chemical tankers constructed before 1 July 1986.
Meanwhile IBC is the shortened form for the International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk that relate to chemical tankers constructed on or after 1 July 1986.