A working group of industry and class representatives coordinated by SIGTTO is currently contributing to the review of the IGC-Code.
Work on the new IGC Code is underway. A working group of industry and class representatives coordinated by SIGTTO is currently contributing to the review of the IGC-Code. Hosted by Qatar based RasGas company Working Group 05 (of nine working groups) met last week in Doha to work on finalization of IGC-Code chapters 4, 5 and 6 on cargo containment, process equipment and materials. For GL, Dr. Gerd Wursig is participating and continues to contribute to the IGC-Code development. The International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Liquefied Gases in Bulk (IGC Code) applies to gas carriers constructed on or after 1 July 1986. Gas carriers constructed before that date should comply with the requirements of the Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Liquefied Gases in Bulk or the Code for Existing Ships Carrying Liquefied Gases in Bulk.
The purposes of these codes is to provide an international standard for the safe transport by sea in bulk of liquefied gases and certain other substances, by prescribing the design and construction standards of ships involved in such transport and the equipment they should carry so as to minimize the risk to the ship, its crew and to the environment, having regard to the nature of the products involved.
The Code specifies hazards related to products being transported under cryogenic (refrigerated) or pressure conditions in various ship types. Since severe collisions or groundings could lead to cargo tank damage and uncontrolled release of the product by evaporation and/or dispersion and, in some cases, could cause fracture of the ship's hull the code is intended to minimize these risks as far as is practicable, based upon present knowledge and technology.
The reviewed draft of the IGC is intended to be presented to IMO subcommittee BLG in early 2011 by the UK administration.