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Liquid cargo

BIMCO expands Liquid Cargo Database TECHNOLOGY AND EFFICIENCY March 2020 By Mette Kronholm Frænde, Communications Manager and Editor at BIMCO The database gives concise information about a number of liquid cargoes carried in bulk As 2019 drew to a close, BIMCO concluded the expansion of its Liquid Cargo Database – a tool giving crucial information to help shore-based personnel make decisions when operating chemical tankers. For some time, BIMCO has been working on improving its Liquid Cargo Database and, in December, its target of describing 200 cargoes was reached. The information is designed to help parties – such as operators of chemical tankers – that need to make a quick decision on whether their vessel is fit for a proposed cargo. Looking up the cargo can help when considering details such as ship type, previous cargo(es), next cargo, heat adjacent, prewash and tank material; it is not meant to inform the practical details handled by the ships’ staff, such as the cleaning of cargo tanks. The database gives concise information about a number of liquid cargoes carried in bulk: chemical cargoes loaded on chemical tankers and common products carried on oil tankers. The information will be of particular use to personnel including operators, charterers and brokers of chemical tankers. “We hope the information found in the individual schedules on the Liquid Cargo Database will give the user the most important facts about a proposed cargo with just a single search,” says Peter Lundahl Rasmussen, Head of Maritime Information at BIMCO. The information will make it possible to judge whether a vacant tanker is able to carry the proposed cargo when it comes to ship type (chemical tanker), cargo containment (independent or integrated cargo tank), tank environmental control (use of nitrogen or inert gas), tank material (stainless steel or coated), as well as other hardware requirements. Selecting the cargoes that matter The database also offers simple but important operational requirements or recommendations such as: the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) pollution categories for chemicals; possible requirements to prewash after a cargo is unloaded and before the vessel can leave the port of unloading; stowage and segregation requirements or restrictions; and the main points about the cleaning of cargo tanks. The Liquid Cargo Database will give the user the most important facts about a proposed cargo with just a single search Photo (top): iStock / CHUNYIP WONG BIMCO’s intention with the database is not to describe all cargoes that can be carried in tankers; the International Bulk Chemical Code alone contains about 900 entries, and the Marine Environment Protection Committee of the IMO’s MEPC.2/Circ. also has several hundred cargoes listed under their tradenames. “The 200 cargoes in the Liquid Cargo Database are selected from among the most commonly carried products. Over time, we want to include more and would urge database users to ask us to create new schedules for specific cargoes as they are needed,” says Rasmussen. Despite the database being primarily targeted at shore-based personnel, it is possible and easy for anyone to download an individual schedule in PDF format and forward it to a vessel, port captain, terminal or any other interested party. Legislation is revised and amended regularly and, with effect from 1 January 2021, two of the most important sets of rules applicable to chemical tankers will be amended – the Annex II to the MARPOL Convention and the Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk (IBC Code). The widespread consequences of these upcoming changes will affect the carriage and handling requirements for many of the cargoes in the Liquid Cargo Database. In preparation, the database contents will be adjusted during 2020. Connect with BIMCO For further information, BIMCO members can access the Liquid Cargo Database here: Facebook Twitter Linkedin YouTube