USCG issues bulletin on MARPOL Annexe II and IBC Code

The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin on November 18th to remind stakeholders that revisions to MARPOL Annex II and the IBC Code would be coming into effect on January 1st 2021. US-flagged vessels on international voyages or which are maintaining international certificates in accordance with MARPOL Annex II or the IBC Code must be in compliance with the new revisions before they can load noxious liquid substances (NLS) or IBC Chapter 17 Cargoes in 2021. All such vessels will need their Procedures & Arrangements (P&A) Manuals and Cargo Authority Attachments revised and approved as appropriate.