This is the official 2016 edition of the IMO IBC Code. The main declared purpose of the document is to provide the maritime shipping industry with the internationally recognized standard covering the safe transportation of the noxious liquid substances, i.e. NLS, and dangerous chemical substances in bulk form.
The provisions of the Code prescribe the standards that apply to the design and subsequent construction of the vessels carrying subject substances as well as the equipment that shall be carried on board in order to minimize any risk to the vessel, the crew members and marine environment. The content of the IBC Code is arranged in twenty-one chapters. The first one is introductory and pretty standard for most of the IMO-released publications.
It is followed by the chapters covering the survival capability of the vessel and cargo tanks location, arrangement of the ship including segregation of cargo, pump rooms, pumping and piping arrangements, ballast and bilge systems etc., cargo containment and transfer, construction materials, temperature control, venting and gas-freeing of the cargo tanks, electrical systems, fire protection/extinction arrangements, pollution prevention, human protection, instrumentation, applicable operational requirements, handling chemical wastes and other important areas.