CARGO RECORD BOOK

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  • Every ship certified to carry noxious liquid substances in bulk shall be provided with a Cargo Record Book.
  • The cargo record book shall be in the form specified and it is important that the record book is kept up to date with any revisions
  • The Cargo Record Books may be subject to inspection by Port State Control or Government officers while the ship is in its ports or offshore terminals
  • and the officers may make a copy of any entry in the books, and may require the master of the ship to certify that the copy is a true copy of such an entry.
  • Any copy so made, which has been certified by the master of the ship as a true copy of an entry in the ship’s Cargo Book or shall be admissible in any judicial proceedings as evidence of the facts stated in the entry.
  •  In the event of an accidental discharge of a noxious liquid substance or a mixture containing such a substance an entry shall be made in the Cargo Record Book stating the circumstances of, and the reason for, the discharge.
  • Each entry shall be signed by the officer or officers in charge of the operation concerned and each page shall be signed by the master of the ship. The entries in the Cargo Record Book, for ships holding an International Pollution Prevention Certificate for the Carriage of Noxious Liquid Substances in Bulk or a certificate referred to in regulation 7 of this Annex, shall be at least in English, French or Spanish.

    Where entries in an official national language of the State whose flag the ship is entitled to fly are also used, this shall prevail in case of a dispute or discrepancy.

  • The Cargo Record Book shall be kept in such a place as to be readily available for inspection and, except in the case of unmanned ships under tow, shall be kept on board the ship. It shall be retained for a period of three years after the last entry has been made.
  •  (PSC) The competent authority of the Government of a Party may inspect the Cargo Record Book on board any ship to which this Annex applies while the ship is in its port, and may make a copy of any entry in that book and may require the master of the ship to certify that the copy is a true copy of such entry.

    Any copy so made which has been certified by the master of the ship as a true copy of an entry in the ship’s Cargo Record Book shall be made admissible in any judicial proceedings as evidence of the facts stated in the entry. The inspection of a Cargo Record Book and the taking of a certified copy by the competent authority under this paragraph shall be performed as expeditiously as possible without causing the ship to be unduly delayed.

CARGO RECORD BOOK Entries to be made:

– Loading of cargo

– Internal transfer of cargo

– Unloading of cargo

– Mandatory pre-wash in accordance with ship’s P&A Manual

– Cleaning of cargo tanks except for mandatory prewash (other –prewash operations, final wash, ventilation etc)

– Discharge into the sea of tank washings

– Ballasting of cargo tanks

– Discharge of ballast water from cargo tanks

– Accidental or other exceptional discharge

– Control by authorised surveyors

– Additional operational procedures and remarks