CODE FOR THE CONSTRUCTION AND EQUIPMENT OF SHIPS CARRYING DANGEROUS CHEMICALS IN BULK (BCH CODE), 2008 EDITION
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The main objective of the BCH Code is to present the internationally recognized and applied standard related to the safe maritime transportation of the different noxious and dangerous goods in bulk, covering all tonnages through the development and implementation of the constructional features of the vessels. The main idea is to classify the tankers according to the degree of the hazard implied by the carriage of the particular substances, depending on its properties.
It should be noted that each of the substances transported by sea can have more than one hazard properties, for example, they can be toxic, flammable etc. Moreover, they can present hazard to the marine environment in case of their accidental release. During the entire process of developing the provisions of the subject Code it was taken into account that they should be based on the fundamental principles of the naval architecture and marine engineering.
In addition to that, the recent technological advances were also considered. Due to the rapidly developing field, the IMO reviews the Code on a regular basis to make sure that all of them have been duly considered. The document is mainly dealing with the design of the ship and the shipboard equipment and arrangements.
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