IMO IGC Code 2016 Edition IA104E
The purpose of the International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Liquefied Gases in Bulk (IGC Code) is to provide an international standard for the safe carriage, by sea in bulk, of liquefied gases and certain other substances that are listed in chapter 19.
Through consideration of the products carried, it prescribes the design and construction standards of the ships involved and the equipment they should carry to minimize the risk to the ship, its crew and the environment.
The new 2016 edition of the IGC Code incorporates the amendments adopted by the MSC at its May 2014 session by resolution MSC.370(93). These amendments which entered into force January 1, 2016, consist of a complete replacement text of the IGC Code.
Unless expressly provided otherwise, the requirements of the IGC Code, (MSC.370(93)), apply to ships whose keels are laid, or which are at a similar stage of construction, on or after 1 July 2016.
For ships constructed on or after 1 July 1986 and before 1 July 2016, unless expressly provided otherwise, the Administration shall ensure that such ships comply with the requirements which are applicable under the 1993 Edition of the IGC Code.