IGF Code agreed at IMO

16 Sep 2014
‘Bit Viking’ – the first ship to be converted to use LNG as fuel

‘Bit Viking’ – the first ship to be converted to use LNG as fuel (DNV GL)

The International Maritime Organization reports that the draft International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low flashpoint Fuels, the IGF Code, has been agreed by the Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC 1).

The Code aims to provide mandatory provisions for the arrangement, installation, control and monitoring of machinery, equipment and systems using low flashpoint fuels, such as LNG, to minimise the risk to the ship, its crew and the environment, having regard to the nature of the fuels involved.

The IGF Code and the consequent amendments to the SOLAS Convention were agreed by the CCC 1 inaugural session at IMO HQ.

The new IGF Code, once it enters into force, will apply to ships of 500gt or more, both new and existing vessels converting from the use of conventional oil fuel. The draft SOLAS amendments and the draft IGF Code will be submitted to MSC 94, to be held in November.

Since the draft IGF Code focuses, as a first step, on the specific requirements for ships using LNG as fuel, CCC 1 agreed a work plan for the next phase of development of the IGF Code, to take account of the need to consider future proposals for the use of additional fuels for inclusion in the Code. The IGF Correspondence Group was re-established to: further develop guidelines for ships using ethyl or methyl alcohol as fuel; further develop measures for fuel cells for inclusion in the IGF Code as and when appropriate; and to further develop measures for ships using low-flashpoint diesel oil for inclusion in the IGF Code.

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