regarding the chemical names to be used for specifying in the third column of List 2 “contains”. ESPH agreed that the information in this column should always reflect the complete product name as specified in Chapters 17 and 18 of the IBC Code or Lists 1 or List 5 (Substances Not Shipped In Pure Form but as a Component In Mixtures) of the MEPC.2/Circ. It was noted, however that there may be occasions on which usage of the complete information (in the case of a product with a long chemical name) may pose problems for shipping documentation and product data classification systems. The use of complete information ensures full compliance with the MEPC.1/Circ.512 (2006 Revised Guidelines for the Provisional Assessment of Liquid Substances).
One other issue discussed relative to List 2 of the MEPC.2/Circ was the use of the words, “mineral oil” in the “contains” column. ESPH discussed the possibility of mineral oil as a stand alone entry and its possible inclusion in List 5. The various industries affected were encouraged to submit additional data on the use and classification of mineral oil in products such as lube oil additives. If a safety concern exists for what appears to be a list 5 product, it may have to undergo a full evaluation. Representatives from industry also noted, however, that in some cases the component may have hazards but the mixture does not.
On 1 January 2009 amendments to the IBC Code will take effect. If the usual MEPC.2/Circ date of 17 December were used there would be 15-day gap in which certain products moving from List 1 to the IBC Code would not have a home. The current MEPC.2/Circ remains valid and the new Circular will take effect 1 January 2009. MEPC.2/Circ.14 will still be issued on 17 December to be consistent with IMO logistical timelines.
Although BLG 11 recommended a review of Chapter 19 by the ESPH, it was the decision of ESPH that this work requires specialised expertise. At ESPH delegations were encouraged to make this expertise available to the IMO. It is the hope of the Work Group that information will be provided by ESPH 14. The target completion date for this work is 2009.
Consideration of the Application of the Requirements for the Carriage of Biofuels and Biofuel blends
For the purposes of this debate the ESPH has agreed to use definitions of biodiesel (100 percent FAME) and bioethanol (ethanol) found in paragraph 3 of BLG 11/10.
Based on this information and the instructions from BLG 12 on 5 February, an extended discussion led to the following action points being developed:
The boundaries of Annex I and Annex II might be an item for further consideration but will require a new work programme item to be approved by BLG.
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