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Protective coatings


The Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), at its 82nd session held from 29 November to 8 December 2006, adopted Resolution MSC.215(82)Performance standard for protective coatings of dedicated seawater ballast tanks on all new ships and of double-side skin spaces of bulk carriers, which will be made mandatory by way of amendments to SOLAS regulations II-1/3-2, also adopted at the session.

The SOLAS amendments are expected to enter into force on 1 July 2008 and the performance standard will apply to ships for which the building contract is placed on or after 1 July 2008; or, in the absence of a building contract, the keels of which are laid on or after 1 January 2009, or the delivery of which is on or after 1 July 2012.

MSC 81 approved an MSC circular MSC.1/Circ.1198 Application of SOLAS regulation XII/6.3 on corrosion prevention of double side skin spaces and dedicated seawater ballast tanks of bulk carriers and application of the performance standard for protective coatings for dedicated seawater ballast tanks on all new ships and double-side skin spaces of bulk carriers.