The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) maritime safety committee (MSC) has adopted a new mandatory code for ships fuelled by gases or other low-flashpoint fuels (IGF Code).
These changes, along with approval of the amendments to make the code mandatory under the international convention for the safety of life at sea (SOLAS), intend to reduce risks posed to ships, crew and the environment.
IGF Code will comprise mandatory provisions for arrangement, installation, control and monitoring of machinery, equipment and systems using low-flashpoint fuels.
This code addresses all areas that need special consideration for the usage of low-flashpoint fuels.
Amendments to SOLAS chapter II-1 consist of changes to Part F Alternative design and arrangements, which aims to offer a methodology for alternative design and arrangements for machinery, electrical installations, and low-flashpoint fuel storage and distribution systems.
In addition, it includes changes to new Part G Ships using low-flashpoint fuels, to strengthen regulations requiring new ships to comply with the requirements of the IGF Code.
MSC also adopted amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), to include mandatory requirements for training and qualifications of personnel on ships subject to the IGF Code.
Further to this, the committee considered various submissions related to cyber security. It urged member states and international organisations to collaborate on proposals for guidance on maritime cyber security.
Moreover, the international community has been urged to make greater efforts to address unsafe migration through safer, regular migration pathways.
Image: Ship emission towers powered by LNG. Photo: courtesy of FJORD LINE_ESPEN GEES.