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BCH CODE

CHAPTER I | GENERAL

1.1 PURPOSE

The purpose of the Code is to recommend suitable design criteria, construction standards and other safety measures for ships transporting dangerous and noxious chemical substances in bulk so as to minimize the risk to the ship, its crew and the environment. For the purposes of MARPOL 73/78, the Code applies only to chemical tankers which are engaged in the carriage of noxious liquid substances falling into category X, Y or Z and identified as such by an entry of X, Y or Z in column c of chapter 17 of the International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk (IBC Code).

1.2 SCOPE

1.2.1 Products: The Code applies to bulk cargoes of dangerous and noxious chemical substances, other than petroleum or similar flammable products, as follows:

a. Products having significant fire hazards in excess of those of petroleum products and similar flammable products.

b. Products having significant hazards in addition to or other than flammability.

c. Products which may present a hazard to the environment, if accidentally released.

The Code is at present limited to the liquids shown in the summary of minimum requirements in chapter 17 of the IBC Code. Products that have been reviewed and determined not to present safety and pollution hazards to such an extent as to warrant application of the Code are found in chapter 18 of the IBC Code.

1.2.2 Ships: The Code is at present limited to tank ships.

 

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