The Maritime Safety Committee, at its 105th session (20 to 29 April 2022), approved amendments to MSC.1/Circ.1588/Rev.1 - Emergency response procedures for ships carrying dangerous goods, resulting from the amendments (41-22) to the IMDG Code.
This EmS Guide contains guidance on Emergency Response Procedures for Ships Carrying Dangerous Goods including the emergency schedules (EmS) to be followed 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).
In accordance with the International Safety Management Code (ISM Code), all ships, and the companies responsible for their operation, are required to maintain a safety management system (SMS). Within the SMS, procedures for responding to potential shipboard emergencies are required.
The Guide is intended to assist shipowners, ship operators and other parties concerned with developing such emergency response procedures. All parities concerned should take into account the entry-into-force date of amendments to IMDG Code.