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Statutory Documents - IMO Publications and Documents - Guidelines - Guidelines for the Provisional Assessment of Liquids Transported in BulkMEPC/Circular.265 - Foreword


 The Guidelines for the provisional assessment of liquids transported in bulk (hereafter referred to as "the Guidelines") were approved by the Organization's Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) at its thirtieth session. The Guidelines were originally circulated under MEPC/Circ.238 in March 1991 and were incorporated into the 1991 Consolidated Edition of MARPOL 73/78 (International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as modified by the Protocol of 1978 relating thereto).

 The Guidelines were approved in conjunction with the extension of the unified interpretation of regulation 3(4) (now regulation 6.3) of Annex II of MARPOL 73/78, which made it possible for the Administrations of the States producing or shipping mixtures of pollution hazard-only substances already assessed by IMO to authorize the manufacturer to carry out the assessment of the mixture on its behalf. Also, the Guidelines provided the step-by-step procedures for ascertaining the carriage requirements of all liquids offered for bulk carriage.

 Having taken into consideration the reformatting of the 1991 Consolidated Edition of MARPOL 73/78 into the 1997 Consolidated Edition (whereby non-mandatory information, such as the Guidelines, was removed), the Secretariat decided to publish the Guidelines as a separate stand-alone IMO publication.

 This publication includes the amendments to the Guidelines adopted by the MEPC at its thirty-third session on 30 October 1992.

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