The purpose of this Code is to provide an international standard for the safe carriage, in bulk by sea, of dangerous chemicals and noxious liquid substances listed in chapter 17 of the Code. The Code prescribes the design and construction standards of ships, regardless of tonnage, involved in such carriage and the equipment they shall carry to minimize the risk to the ship, its crew and the environment, having regard to the nature of the products involved.
This edition of the Code incorporates a number of amendments which have entered into force since the Code was last published in 2007, including:
resolutions MEPC.166(56) and MSC.219(82), amending the fire protection requirements set out in chapter 11 and the product list included in chapter 17, which entered into force 1 January 2009
resolutions MEPC.225(64) and MSC.340(91) that update the product information set out in chapters 17, 18 and 19, which entered into force on 1 June 2014
resolutions MEPC.250(66) and MSC.369(93), amending certain stability, tank purging, venting and inerting requirements, which entered into force on 1 January 2016