International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk (IBC Code), 2016 Edition (KD100E) (eBook)

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The purpose of this Code is to provide an international standard for the safe carriage, in bulk by sea, of dangerous chemicals and noxious liquid substances listed in chapter 17 of the Code. The Code prescribes the design and construction standards of ships, regardless of tonnage, involved in such carriage and the equipment they shall carry to minimize the risk to the ship, its crew and the environment, having regard to the nature of the products involved.

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This edition of the Code incorporates a number of amendments which have entered into force since the Code was last published in 2007, including:

  • resolutions MEPC.166(56) and MSC.219(82), amending the fire protection requirements set out in chapter 11 and the product list included in chapter 17, which entered into force 1 January 2009

  • resolutions MEPC.225(64) and MSC.340(91) that update the product information set out in chapters 17, 18 and 19, which entered into force on 1 June 2014

  • resolutions MEPC.250(66) and MSC.369(93), amending certain stability, tank purging, venting and inerting requirements, which entered into force on 1 January 2016



IBC Code



Chapter 1 – General

1.1 Application

1.2 Hazards

1.3 Definitions

1.4 Equivalents

1.5 Surveys and certification


Chapter 2 – Ship survival capability and location tanks

2.1 General

2.2 Freeboard and stability

2.3 Shipside discharges

2.4 Conditions loading

2.5 Damage assumptions

2.6 Location of cargo tanks

2.7 Flooding assumptions

2.8 Standard of damage

2.9 Survival requirements


Chapter 3 – Ship arrangements

3.1 Cargo segregation

3.2 Accommodation, service and machinery spaces and control stations

3.3 Cargo pump-rooms

3.4 Access to spaces in the cargo area

3.5 Bilge and ballast arrangements

3.6 Pump and pipeline identification

3.7 Bow or stern loading and unloading arrangements


Chapter 4 – Cargo containment

4.1 Definitions

4.2 Tank type requirements for individual products


Chapter 5 – Cargo transfer

5.1 Piping scantlings

5.2 Piping fabrication and joining details

5.3 Flange connections

5.4 Test requirements for piping

5.5 Piping arrangements

5.6 Cargo-transfer control systems

5.7 Ship’s cargo hoses


Chapter 6 – Materials of construction, protective linings and coatings


Chapter 7 – Cargo temperature control

7.1 General

7.2 Additional requirements


Chapter 8 – Cargo tank venting and gas-freeing arrangements

8.1 Application

8.2 Cargo tank venting

8.3 Types of tank venting systems

8.4 Venting requirements for individual products

8.5 Cargo tank purging

8.6 Cargo tank gas-freeing


Chapter 9 – Environmental control

9.1 General

9.2 Environmental control requirements for individual products


Chapter 10 – Electrical installations

10.1 General

10.2 Bonding

10.3 Electrical requirements for individual products


Chapter 11 – Fire protection and fire extinction

11.1 General

11.2 Cargo pump-rooms

11.3 Cargo area

11.4 Special requirements


Chapter 12 – Mechanical ventilation in the cargo area

12.1 Spaces normally entered during cargo-handling operations

12.2 Pump-rooms and other enclosed spaces normally entered

12.3 Spaces not normally entered


Chapter 13 – Instrumentation

13.1 Gauging

13.2 Vapour detection


Chapter 14 – Personnel protection

14.1 Protective equipment

14.2 Safety equipment

14.3 Emergency equipment


Chapter 15 – Special requirements

15.1 General

15.2 Ammonium nitrate solution (93% or less)

15.3 Carbon disulphide

15.4 Diethyl ether

15.5 Hydrogen peroxide solutions

15.6 Motor fuel anti-knock compounds (containing lead alkyls)

15.7 Phosphorus, yellow or white

15.8 Propylene oxide or ethylene oxide/propylene oxide mixtures with an ethylene oxide content of not more than 30% by mass

15.9 Sodium chlorate solution (50% or less by mass)

15.10 Sulphur (molten)

15.11 Acids

15.12 Toxic products

15.13 Cargoes protected by additives

15.14 Cargoes with a vapour pressure greater than 0.1013 MPa absolute at 37.8°C

15.15 Cargoes with low ignition temperature and wide flammability range

15.16 Cargo contamination

15.17 Increased ventilation requirements

15.18 Special cargo pump-room requirements

15.19 Overflow control

15.20 Alkyl (C7 –C9) nitrates, all isomers

15.21 Temperature sensors


Chapter 16 – Operational requirements

16.1 Maximum allowable quantity of cargo per tank

16.2 Cargo information

16.3 Personnel training

16.4 Opening of and entry into cargo tanks

16.5 Stowage of cargo samples

16.6 Cargoes not to be exposed to excessive heat


Chapter 17 – Summary of minimum requirements


Chapter 18 – List of products to which the Code does not apply


Chapter 19 – Index of Products Carried in Bulk


Chapter 20 – Transport of liquid chemical wastes

20.1 Preamble

20.2 Definitions

20.3 Applicability

20.4 Permitted shipments

20.5 Documentation

20.6 Classification of liquid chemical wastes

20.7 Carriage and handling of liquid chemical wastes


Chapter 21 – Criteria for assigning carriage requirements for products subject to the IBC Code

21.1 Introduction

21.2 Contents

21.3 Minimum safety and pollution criteria for products subject to chapter 17 of the IBC Code

21.4 Criteria used to assign the minimum carriage requirements for products which meet the minimum safety or pollution criteria to make them subject to chapter 17 of the IBC Code

21.5 Criteria for special requirements in chapter 15 to be included in column o

21.6 Criteria for special requirements in chapter 16 to be included in column o

21.7 Definitions


Appendix – Model form of International Certificate of Fitness for the Carriage of Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk


Standards and Guidelines relevant to the IBC Code

  • Equivalency arrangements for the carriage of styrene monomer (MSC/Circ.879 and MEPC/Circ.348)

  • Recommendation for the use of a standard format for the cargo information required by chapter 16 of the IBC Code (MSC/Circ.1100 and MEPC/Circ.407)

  • Guidelines on the basic elements of a shipboard occupational health and safety programme (MSC-MEPC.2/Circ.3)

  • Revised minimum safety standards for ships carrying liquids in bulk containing benzene (MSC/Circ.1095)

  • Revised Guidelines for the transport of vegetable oils in deeptanks or in independent tanks

  • specially designed for the carriage of such vegetable oils in general dry cargo ships (Resolution MEPC.148(54))

  • Revised Guidelines for the provisional assessment of liquid substances transported in bulk (MEPC.1/Circ.512)

  • Revised PPR Product Data Reporting Form and related guidance notes (MEPC.1/Circ.857)

  • Example of an optional shipping document for the purposes of MARPOL Annex II and the IBC Code (BLG.1/Circ.18)

  • Use of specific product names in preference to generic descriptions when offering bulk liquid cargoes for shipment (BLG.1/Circ.25)

  • Decisions with regard to the categorization and classification of products (BLG.1/Circ.33)

  • 2011 Guidelines for the carriage of blends of petroleum oil and biofuels (MEPC.1/Circ.761/Rev.1)

  • Products requiring oxygen-dependant inhibitors (MSC-MEPC.2/Circ.14)

Example of a certificate of protection for products requiring oxygen-dependent inhibitors (Draft MSC-MEPC Circular)

A​​s a specialized agency of the United Nations, IMO is the global standard-setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping. Its main role is to create a regulatory framework for the shipping industry that is fair and effective, universally adopted and universally implemented.  

In other words, its role is to create a level playing-field so that ship operators cannot address their financial issues by simply cutting corners and compromising on safety, security and environmental performance. This approach also encourages innovation and efficiency.

Shipping is a truly international industry, and it can only operate effectively if the regulations and standards are themselves agreed, adopted and implemented on an international basis. And IMO is the forum at which this process takes place.

Title: International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk (IBC Code), 2016 Edition (KD100E) (eBook)
Edition: 2016
Number of Pages: 284
Product Code: MM1416EA
ISBN: ISBN 13: 9789280115956, ISBN 10: 9280115952
Published Date: August 2016
Author: IMO

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