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  1 The Maritime Safety Committee, at its seventy-seventh session (28 May to 6 June 2003), noting that the diseases caused by the exposure to vapours emanating from benzene were still a source of great concern, approved Revised minimum safety standards for ships carrying liquids in bulk containing benzene, as set out in the annex to MSC/Circ.1095.

  2 Member Governments were invited to apply the Revised minimum safety standards for ships carrying liquids in bulk containing benzene, including precautions to be taken by the crew in connection with loading and gas-freeing operations appended thereto, as soon as possible.

  3 The Committee, at its eighty-second session, 29 November to 8 December 2006, desiring to protect the health of seafarers, recognized that, whilst the aforementioned recommendations were aimed at the shipping community, other measures of a structural nature were needed, and approved the Voluntary structural guidelines for new ships carrying liquids in bulk containing benzene, set out in the annex.

  4 Member Governments are invited to bring the annexed Voluntary structural guidelines to the attention of shipowners, ship builders, designers and other parties concerned.

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