Legend / Explanation of abbreviations:
- DPA: Designated Person Ashore
- IBC Code: International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk
- ISM Code: International Management Code for the Safe Operation of Ships and for Pollution Prevention
- NSI: Netherlands Shipping Inspectorate
Non-availability of Toxic vapour detection (IBC Code)
The non-availability of toxic-vapour-detection equipment is a common problem. For a lot of products under the IBC Code, for which toxic-vapour-detection equipment is required by the Code, no such equipment is on the market. For this purpose the NSI has implemented a provision 'item l) Non-availability of toxic-vapour-detection equipment (IBC Code)’ in ItoRO no.7.
It is the cargo owner, as well as the ship owner, ship manager and/or ships’ Master’s responsibility to confirm the non-availability of appropriate toxic-vapour-detection equipment, prior to each loading of a subject cargo, as indicated in ‘column k’ in the table of chapter 17 of the IBC Code. Therefore the ships’ DPA in relation to the ISM Code shall arrange that a procedure, addressing the provisions of paragraph 14.2.4 and 188.8.131.52 of the IBC Code, is included in the relevant paragraph of the Companies’ / ships’ Safety Management System.
Several suppliers of toxic-vapour-detection equipment have online overviews of which test tube to be used with different products. As the tubes have limited shelf life they are normally ordered upon fixing the cargo and just prior to loading, often ordered through the local agent in the load port. The best way to keep track of the available toxic-vapour-detection equipment is by visiting the makers' web pages or search applications. Most owners have their own cargo commodity system with various info where this can be incorporated.