The 9th session of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC), which deals with the carriage of packaged dangerous goods, solid bulk cargoes, bulk gas cargoes, and containers, will meet in London 20 – 29 September.
Lloyd Register’s The Agenda Preview presents a summary of what is to come. According to Lloyd’s Register, a lot of interest is currently centred around the development of various guidelines related to alternative fuels which will greatly help the industry in its decarbonisation objective Below are some of the topics expected to be discussed at CCC 9:
Amendments to the IGC Code to include “Safety provisions for the safe use of LPG Cargo as fuel”
The amendments should be written in a non-prescriptive way by introducing requirements for a limited risk assessment. The aim is to submit a draft to MSC 108 for approval and consequent adoption at MSC 109.
The entry into force is expected to be 1 January 2028 and, in order to speed up global adoption, voluntary early implementation could be permitted by 2024.
Revision of the Interim recommendations for carriage of liquefied hydrogen in bulk
As the size of the hydrogen containment system grows due to ships’ need for longer routes, the structural strength requirements of a vacuum vessel becomes a significant challenge.
Hence, to facilitate the implementation of large-scale liquid hydrogen cargo enclosures aboard ships, novel containment system designs need to be explored. There are many technical and human centred challenges so it is expected to be a deep discussion around these amendments which could be finalised in 2024.
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