IMO set to adopt draft IGF Code

The new mandatory code will focus initially on requirments for ships using LNG as fuel The new mandatory code will focus initially on requirments for ships using LNG as fuel

The draft International Code of Safety for Ships using Gasses or other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code) is expected to be adopted by the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) during its 95th session on 3-12 June.

The IGF Code will provide mandatory provisions for the arrangement, installation, control and monitoring of machinery, equipment and systems using low-flashpoint fuels, focusing initially on LNG.  

The code addresses all areas that need special consideration for the usage of low-flashpoint fuels, taking a goal-based approach. Goals and functional requirements are specified for each section and will form the basis for the design, construction and operation of vessels.

The MSC is also expected to adopt draft amendments to make the code mandatory under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS).  The proposed draft amendments to SOLAS chapter II-1 (on ship structure, subdivision and stability, machinery and electrical installations), include amendments to Part F (on alternative design and arrangements) to provide for alternative design and arrangements for machinery, electrical installations and low-flashpoint fuel storage and distribution systems.

A new Part G will also be added specifically for ships using low-flashpoint fuels, requiring ships constructed after the date of entry into force to comply with the requirements of the IGF Code and related amendments.  

The MSC will also be invited to adopt related amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), and STCW Code, to include new mandatory minimum requirements for the training and qualifications of masters, officers, ratings and other personnel on ships subject to the IGF Code.

Work on the IGF Code is just one element of a busy meeting that will also include consideration of cybersecurity matters and passenger ship safety, as well as a number of items put forward by the sub-committees.

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