​International pollution prevention certificate for the carriage of noxious liquid substances in bulk- A handy guide

wpid-wp-1438103199200.jpegThe NLS certificate- Carrying chemicals

This blog now returns to exploring the environmental themed certificates with a document related to carrying chemicals in bulk. 

Why is it required?

It is required by MARPOL Annex II marpol

What does it certify?

  • That the ship has been surveyed in accordance with regulation 8 of Annex II of MARPOL
  • That the survey showed that the structure, equipment, systems, fitting, arrangements and material of the ship and the condition thereof are in all respects satisfactory and that the ship complies with the applicable requirements of Annex II of MARPOL
  • That the ship has been provided with a Procedures and Arrangements Manual as required by regulation 14 of Annex II of MAROL and that the arrangements and equipment of the ship prescribed in the Manual are in all respects satisfactory.
  • That the ship complies with the requirements of Annex II to MARPOL 73/78 for the carriage in bulk of  liquid substances listed on the certificate.

What information is shown on the certificate?

  • Particulars of ship
  • Name of ship
  • Distinctive number or letters
  • IMO Number
  • Port of registry
  • Gross tonnage
  • A table with the headings :
    • Noxious Liquid substances
    • Conditions of carriage,  (Tank numbers etc)
    • Pollution category

The NLS Certificate shall be at least in English, French or Spanish.

What are the survey requirements to maintain the certificate?

An initial survey before the ship is put in service or before the Certificate required  is issued for the first time. and which shall include a complete survey of its structure, equipment, systems, fittings, arrangements  to ensure  they  fully comply with the requirements of Annex. II

A renewal survey
at intervals  not exceeding 5 years. The renewal survey shall be such as to ensure that the structure, equipment, systems, fittings, arrangements and material fully comply with applicable requirements of the Annex.

An intermediate survey within 3 months before or after the second anniversary date or within 3 months before or after the third anniversary date of the Certificate. The intermediate survey shall be such as to ensure that the equipment and associated pump and piping systems fully comply with the applicable requirements of this Annex and are in good working order.

An annual survey within 3 months before or after each anniversary date of the Certificate including a general inspection of the structure, equipment, systems, fittings, arrangements and material  to ensure that they have been maintained  and that they remain satisfactory for the service for which the ship is intended.

 An additional survey whenever any important repairs or renewals are made. The survey shall be such as to ensure that the necessary repairs or renewals have been effectively made, that the material and workmanship of such repairs or renewals are in all respects satisfactory and that the ship complies in all respects with the requirements of the Annex

What other documents are required?

  • Cargo Record Book for Ships Carrying Noxious Liquid Substances in Bulk
  • Procedures and Arrangements Manual

What other International Regulations cover the carriage of chemicals in bulk?

Carriage of chemicals in bulk is covered by regulations in SOLAS Chapter VII – Carriage of dangerous goods

This requires compliance with the International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Shipibccodes carrying Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk (IBC Code)

Click here for the IMO page on the IBC code>

 

What are the pollution categories?

Category X: Noxious Liquid Substances which, if discharged into the sea from tank cleaning or deballasting operations, are deemed to present a major hazard to either marine resources or human health and, therefore, justify the prohibition of the discharge into the marine environment.marinepollutant

Category Y: Noxious Liquid Substances which, if discharged into the sea from tank cleaning or deballasting operations, are deemed to present a hazard to either marine resources or human health or cause harm to amenities or other legitimate uses of the sea and therefore justify a limitation on the quality and quantity of the discharge into the marine environment.

Category Z: Noxious Liquid Substances which, if discharged into the sea from tank cleaning or deballasting operations, are deemed to present a minor hazard to either marine resources or human health and therefore justify less stringent restrictions on the quality and quantity of the discharge into the marine environment.

Note:  Noxious liquid substance means any substance indicated in the Pollution Category column of chapter 17 or 18 of the International Bulk Chemical Code or provisionally assessed under the provisions of regulation 6.3 as falling into category X, Y or Z.

Useful links

Click here for UK guidance on pollution prevention>

Click here for UK guidance for Surveyors on Annex II>

Click here for the text of MARPOL Annex II as contained in MEPEC 118 (52)>



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