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Unlocking Safety: Exploring the IGF Code for Safer Maritime Operations

The IMO has adopted a mandatory safety code for ships using gases or other low-flashpoint fuels. The International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or Other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code) provides an international standard for ships, other than vessels covered by the IGC Code, operating with gas or low-flashpoint liquids as fuel. The code provides mandatory criteria for the arrangement and installation of machinery, equipment and systems for vessels operating with gas or low-flashpoint liquids as fuel to minimize the risk to the ship, its crew and the environment.

The Code is based upon industry best working practices to include sound naval architectural and engineering principles and the best understanding available of current operational experience, field data as well as research and development. Due to the rapidly evolving new fuels technology, the Organization will periodically review the Code, taking into account both experience and technical developments. The Code addresses all areas that need special consideration for the use of gas or low-flashpoint liquids as fuel, including the need for additional crew training for personnel who have not been exposed to these types of fuel through previous work onboard ships covered by the IGC Code.

The IGF Code was developed using a goal-based approach. Therefore, goals and functional requirements were specified for each section of the code forming the basis for the design, construction and operation. In this respect the goal of the Code is to provide criteria for the arrangement and installation of machinery for propulsion and auxiliary purposes, using IGF Code low-flashpoint fuel, which will have an equivalent level of integrity in terms of safety, reliability and dependability as that which can be achieved with new and comparable conventional oil fuelled main and auxiliary machinery.

To know more about the Basic IGF code, contact Girik Institute of Maritime Studies at:
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