IMO adopts IGF Code
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has adopted the International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code), which aims to minimise the risk to the environment.
This comes as the use of gas as fuel, particularly LNG, continues to increase as a result of lower sulphur and particulate emissions regulations. But, the IMO says gas and other low-flashpoint fuels pose their own set of safety challenges which need to be properly managed.
Now mandatory under SOLAS, the IGF Code includes provisions for the arrangement, installation, control and monitoring of machinery, equipment and systems using low-flashpoint fuels, focusing initially on LNG.
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