Technical Circular No:89/2018

Subject: Revised Emergency Response Procedures for Ships Carrying Dangerous Goods (EMS Guide).

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  • The Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) at its ninety-ninth session approved the Revised Emergency Response Procedures for Ships Carrying Dangerous Goods (EMS Guide) vide MSC.1/Circ.1588.
  • The EMS Guide contains guidance on Emergency Response Procedures including the Emergency Schedules to be followed on ships carrying dangerous goods in case of incidents involving dangerous substances, materials or articles, or harmful substances (marine pollutants), regulated under the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code).
  • The Revised EMS Guide takes into account the amendment 39-18 to the IMDG Code which becomes applicable on voluntary basis from 1 January 2019 pending its envisaged mandatory entry into force date of 1 January 2020.
  • Ship owners/ operators and masters are advised to be guided by above.




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