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IMO REGULATORY UPDATE FOR 2013

INTRODUCTORY NOTES

ThepresentpublicationisanefforttogatherandsummarizeallnewIMOregulationsthatenteredor
aretoenterintoforceduring2013.Activelinkstorelevantdocuments/circulars/resolutionshavebeen
also included to make it easier for the reader to have a direct reference to the actual text of each
regulation, or to documents analyzing the regulatory requirements. This publication covers regulatory
requirementsforthefollowingsubjects:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.

DischargeofGarbage
Attained&RequiredEEDI
ShipboardEnergyEfficiencyManagementPlan(SEEMP)
InternationalEnergyEfficiency(IEE)Certificate
DesignationofNewEmissionControlAreas(ECA)&MARPOLAnnexViAmendments
CargoOilTanksCorrosionProtection
CarriageofSolidBulkCargoes
LifeboatonLoadReleaseMechanisms
Maintenance&InspectionofFireProtectionSystems&Appliances
BridgeNavigationalWatchAlarmSystem(BNWAS)
ElectronicChartDisplay&InformationSystem(ECDIS)
BELTREPAreaShipReporting
InternationalAeronauticalandMaritimeSearchandRescueManual(IAMSAR)Manual
STCW2010ManilaAmendmentsTrainingProgramme
SCRDevicesCertification
MaritimeLabourConvention(MLC)2006

Fromtheabove,perhapsoneofthemostimportantregulationsthataretoenterintoforceduring2013
is the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), which is considered by many as the 4th pillar of the major
maritime compliance conventions (the other three are SOLAS, MARPOL and STCW). Apart, from the
MLC,theamendedMARPOLAnnexVregardingnewgarbagedischargerulesaswellascargoholdand
deck washing water discharges is also considered to be of significant importance. Other subjects
requiringattention,isnewrequirementsforthemaintenanceandinspectionoffireprotectionsystems
and appliances which will have an impact on the planned maintenance schedule of such devices.
Moreover, new emission control areas have been defined for 2013 affecting as a result the ships
operationintermsofthefueloilthatshouldbeused.Finally,anotherregulationworthmentioningis
therequirementtohaveaSEEMPonboard.

Definitionsregardingthevariousshiptypesuponwhicheachregulationsappliesaregivenattheendof
the2013IMORegulatoryUpdateTable.

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This publication was written, developed and prepared by Stavros Kairis, developer of the OOW blog,
Mechanical Engineer and Maritime HSSEQ Specialist. Special thanks, for their various contributions
during the development of this publication, should also be given to Nikos Kairis, Naval Architect &
Marine Engineer and to Maria Papadopoulou undergraduate student of Maritime Studies. More
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2013 IMO REGULATORY UPDATE TABLE

Subject/RegulatoryReference

1.

DISCHARGEOFGARBAGE
MARPOLAnnexV
MEPC.201(62)Amendmentsto
MARPOLAnnexV
MEPC219(63)Guidelinesforthe
implementationofMARPOLAnnexV
MEPC.220(63)Guidelinesforthe
developmentofgarbagemanagement
plans

2.

ATTAINED&REQUIREDEEDI
MARPOLAnnexVICh.IIReg.5&Ch.IV
Reg.20&21
MEPC.203(62)Amendmentsto
MARPOLAnnexVI,Reg.5Newpar.4,
NewChapterIVonEnergyEfficiencyof
ShipsReg.20&21
MEPC.212(63)AttainedEEDIGuidelines
MEPC.214(63)GuidelinesonSurveyand
CertificationoftheEEDI
MEPC.215(63)Guidelinesfor

ApplicabletoVessels
Type/Size/Age
AllShips
Reg.10par.1appliesto
shipsLength12m
Reg.1toReg.7appliesto
shipsGRT0
Reg.10par.2appliesto
ships400>GRT100
Reg.10par.3appliesto
shipsGRT400
Reg.10par.2&3applyto
shipswithPersons15
New&ExistingShips

Entryinto
ForceDate
01/01/2013

NewShips
BulkCarrier/GasTanker
/ContainerShip/
GeneralCargoShips
(excludingLivestock
Carrier,BargeCarrier,
HeavyLoadCarrier,Yacht
Carrier,
NuclearFuelCarrier)/
Reefer/Combination
Carrier/PassengerShips

01/01/2013

BriefDescriptionofRequirements
AnnexVPreventionofPollutionbyGarbagefromShipshasbeen
revisedlimitingthedischargeofgarbage.TheGarbageRecordBook
formhasbeenupdated.TheamendmenttoMARPOLAnnexVseta
generalprohibitionofdischargestosea.Foodwasteexcluding
cookingoilandcargoresiduesmaybedischargedtoseaundercertain
conditions.
RegardingMARPOLAnnexVReg.10par.2requirementsonGarbage
ManagementPlansthefollowingcanbeusedasreferencefortheir
development:
LloydsRegisterGarbageManagementPlan
ABSGarbageManagementPlan
GLGarbageManagementPlan
SQEMarineGarbageManagementPlan
Anextensiveanalysisonwhathaschangedfromtheprevious
MARPOLAnnexVcanbefoundinthefollowingOOWarticle:
ShipsGarbageManagementUnderRevisedMARPOLANNEXV
Newships,orshipsthathaveundergoneamajorconversion,are
requiredtohaveanAttainedEEDIaswellasaRequiredEEDI.EEDIisa
designindexforashipsenergyefficiency.TheAttainedEEDIis
initiallycheckedatthedesignstageofthevesselandisthen
confirmedduringseatrials.TheRequiredEEDIderivesfromemission
factorsassociatedwiththefuelconsumedbythevesselsmain
engine,nominalauxiliaryenginepoweraswellasauxiliarygenerator
power.
TheFlagAdministrationmaywaivetheEEDIrequirementforupto4
yearsapproximately.
BIMCOhasdevelopedanEEDIcalculatorfortheapplicationofthe
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3.

4.

ApplicabletoVessels
Type/Size/Age
/RoRoCargoShip
CalculationofReferenceLinesforuse
(VehicleandVolume
withtheEEDI
Carrier)
MEPC.224(64)Amendmentstothe
GRT400
2012guidelinesonthemethodof
BuildingContract
calculationoftheattainedEEDI
MEPC.1Circ.795UnifiedInterpretations 01/01/2013
or
toMARPOLAnnexVIregarding
definitionofNewShipsandhowthis KeelLaid01/07/2013
or
willaffectcalculationstotheRequired
Delivery01/07/2015
EEDIthroughTable1ofReg.21
MEPC.1Circ.796Interimguidelinesfor
thecalculationofthecoefficientFwfor
decreaseinshipspeedina
representativeseacondition
AllShips
SEEMP
MARPOLAnnexVICh.IIReg.5New
GRT400
Par.4&Ch.IVReg.22
New&ExistingShips
MEPC.203(62)Amendmentsto
MARPOLAnnexVI,Reg.5Newpar.4,
NewChapterIVonEnergyEfficiencyof
ShipsReg.22
MEPC.213(63)2012Guidelinesforthe
developmentofashipenergyefficiency
managementplan(SEEMP)
Subject/RegulatoryReference

INTERNATIONALENERGYEFFICIENCY
(IEE)CERTIFICATE
MARPOLAnnexVIReg.6newpar.4&
5
MEPC.203(62)Amendmentsto

CargoShips&Passenger
Ships
GRT400
New&ExistingShips

Entryinto
ForceDate

BriefDescriptionofRequirements
calculationmethodologycontainedintherelevantIMOguidelines:
BIMCOEEDIcalculator
AlthoughtheEEDIappliestonewshipssomeindustryorganizations
havedevelopedanEEDIforexistingships.Althoughitisnota
mandatoryrequirementofanyapplicableregulation,consideringthe
trendformoreenergyefficientshipoperations,aswellasthefact
thatanEEDIforexistingshipsmaybeusedfromcharterers,as
reference,inordertodecidewhethertocharterashipornotthe
followingpublicationsshouldbetakenintoconsideration:
RIGHTSHIPExistingVesselDesignIndex
Shippingefficiency.org Efficiency Rating forExisting Ships

01/01/2013

01/01/2013

ShipsshouldhaveaShipEnergyEfficiencyManagementPlan(SEEMP)
onboard.TheSEEMPshouldaddressshipspecificenergyefficiency
measures.
ThepresenceoftheSEEMPonboardwillbeverifiedatintermediate
andrenewalsurveysrequiredfortheInternationalAirPollution
PreventionCertificate.(IAPPCertificate).
SAMPLESEEMPsthatcanbeusedasreferencescanbefoundinthe
followinglinks:
LloydsRegisterSAMPLESEEMP
BIMCO&FathomSAMPLESEEMP
SQEMarineSAMPLESEEMP
TheInternationalEnergyEfficiency(IEE)Certificateisbeing
introduced.Thecertificatewillbeissuedfornewbuildingsuponthe
initialsurveybeforetheshipisputinserviceandforshipsinservice
followingthefirstintermediateorrenewalMARPOLAnnexVIsurvey,
whicheverisfirstonorafter20130101.
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Subject/RegulatoryReference

ApplicabletoVessels
Type/Size/Age

Entryinto
ForceDate

MARPOLAnnexVIReg.6newpar.4&5

5.

6.

DESIGNATIONOFNEWECAs&
MARPOLANNEXVIAMENDMENTS
MARPOLANNEXVIReg.13&Reg.14
MEPC.202(62)Amendmentsto
MARPOLANNEXVIReg.13&Reg.14
MEPC.1Circ.755InformationOnThe
UnitedStatesCaribbeanSeaEmission
ControlAreaUnderMARPOLANNEXVI
CARGOOILTANKSCORROSION
PROTECTION
SOLASCh.II1PartA1NewReg.311
MSC.291(87)AmendmentstoSOLAS
Ch.II1PartA1NewReg.311
MSC.288(87)Performancestandardfor
protectivecoatingsforcargooiltanksof
crudeoiltankers
MSC.289(87)Performancestandardfor
alternativemeansofcorrosion
protectionforcargooiltanksofcrude
oiltankers
MSC.1Circ.1381Par.1item2Minor
AmendmentstoMSC.288(87)on
ConductivityMeasurementsStandards
MSC.1Circ.1399Guidelineson
proceduresforinservicemaintenance
andeepairof

CargoShips&Passenger
Ships
GRT0
New&ExistingShips

01/01/2013

CrudeOilTankers
DWT5000
BuildingContract
01/01/2013
or
KeelLaid01/07/2013
or
Delivery01/07/2016

01/01/2013

BriefDescriptionofRequirements
TheissuanceofthecertificatealsorequirestheavailabilityoftheShip
EnergyEfficiencyManagementPlan(SEEMP)aswellastheavailability
ofEnergyEfficiencyDesignIndex(EEDI),whichisrequiredonlyfor
newbuildingsasperMARPOLANNEXVICh.4reg.19par.5.
AmendedMARPOLANNEXVIdesignatestheUSCaribbeanECAfor
NOxandSOx.
Nevertheless,asperMEPC.1/Circ.755andMEPC.202(62)reg.14new
par.7,theSOxrequirementswithintheUSCaribbeanECAwilltake
effecton01/01/2014.
Finally,shipspoweredbypropulsionboilersasdescribedinreg.14.4.4
areexemptedfromtheNorthAmericaandUSCaribbeanECASOx
requirementsuntil01/01/2020.
Allcargooiltanksofcrudeoiltankersshallbecoatedduringthe
constructionoftheshipinaccordancewiththeperformancestandard
forprotectivecoatingsforcargooiltanksofcrudeoiltankers
(MSC.288(87)).
Alternativemeansofcorrosionprotectionmayalsobeappliedalways
inaccordancewiththeperformancestandardforalternativemeansof
corrosionprotectionforcargooiltanksofcrudeoiltankers
(MSC.289(87)).
ExemptionsfromtheFlagAdministrationmaybeallowedunder
specificconditions.Theseconditionsareeithertheuseofnovel
prototypealternativesoriftheshipistobeengagedinthecarriageof
cargoesandcargohandlingoperationsthatarenotcausingcorrosion.
LRhasdevelopedadocumentgivingguidanceforshipownersand
operators,manufacturersandshipbuildersregardingcargooiltanks
corrosionprotection:
LRGuidanceCorrosionprotectionofcrudeoilcargotanksNewIMO
regulations

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7.

8.

Subject/RegulatoryReference
coatingsystemsforcargooiltanksof
crudeoiltankers
MSC.1Circ.1421Guidelineson
exemptionsforcrudeoiltankerssolely
engagedinthecarriageofcargoesand
cargohandlingoperationsnotcausing
corrosion
CARRIAGEOFSOLIDBULKCARGOES
IMSBCCodeAppendix1
MSC.318(89)Amendmentstothe
IMSBCCode
MSC.268(85)AdoptionoftheIMSBC
Code
LIFEBOATONLOADRELEASE
MECHANISMS
SOLASCh.IIIReg.1NewPar.5
MSC.317(89)AmendmentstoSOLAS
Ch.IIIReg.1NewPar.5
MSC.1Circ.1392Guidelinesfor
evaluationandreplacementoflifeboat
release&retrievalsystems
MSC.1Circ.1393Earlyapplicationof
SOLASCh.IIIReg.1NewPar.5
LSACodeCh.IVpar.4.4.7.6
MSC.320(89)AmendmentstoLSACode
Ch.IVpar.4.4.7.6
MSC.81(70)RevisedRecommendation
onTestingofLifeSavingAppliancesPar.
6.9
MSC.321(89)Amendmentstothe

ApplicabletoVessels
Type/Size/Age

CargoShips Carrying
SolidBulkCargoes
BulkCarrier/General
CargoShipetc
GRT500
New&ExistingShips
CargoShips
GRT500
ShipsEngagedin
InternationalVoyages
PassengerShips
GRT0
ShipsEngagedin
InternationalVoyages
New&ExistingShips

Entryinto
ForceDate

BriefDescriptionofRequirements

01/01/2013

Schedulesofsolidbulkcargoeshavebeenupdated.Morespecifically
somescheduleshavebeenmodifiedwhilesomeothernewschedules
havebeenintroduced.

01/01/2013

SOLASCh.IIIReg.1newpar.5requiresexistinglifeboatonload
releasemechanismsthatdonotcomplywiththeLSAcodenewpar.
4.4.7.6.4to4.4.7.6.6regardinghookstability,lockingdevicesand
hydrostaticinterlocketctobereplaced/modifiedwithappropriate
compliantequipment.Additionally,amendmentstotherevised
recommendationontestingoflifesavingappliances(MSC.81(70)),as
amendedbyMSC.321(89)givemoredetailsfortestingofoperating
mechanismandreleasemechanismonlifeboatsandtheyalso
introduceatestofthesecondreleasemechanismonlifeboats.
Althoughrequirementsareenteringintoforcein01/01/2013their
implementationwillbeeffectedin01/07/2014fornewshipsand
duringthefirstscheduleddrydockingforexistingships.
ItshouldbenotedthatforexistingshipsMSC.1/Circ.1393requires
thatanappraisaloftheonloadreleasemechanismshouldbe
completedwellbeforethedrydockdatebutnotlaterthan
01/07/2013.

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revisedrecommendationontestingof
lifesavingappliances(MSC.81(70))par.
6.9
MAINTENANCE&INSPECTIONOFFIRE
PROTECTIONSYSTEMS&APPLIANCES
SOLASCh.II2Reg.14par.2.2.1
MSC.1Circ.1432Revisedguidelinesfor
themaintenance&inspectionoffire
protectionsystems&appliances

ApplicabletoVessels
Type/Size/Age

Entryinto
ForceDate

AllShips
GRT0
New&ExistingShips

31/05/2013

10. BRIDGENAVIGATIONALWATCH
ALARMSYSTEM(BNWAS)
SOLASCh.VReg.19Par.2.2
MSC.282(86)AmendmentstoSOLAS
Ch.VReg.19Par.2.2NewSubpar.3&
4
MSC.128(75)Performancestandards
forabridgenavigationalwatchalarm
system(BNWAS)

CargoShips
BulkCarrier/OilTanker/
ChemicalTanker/Gas
Tanker/ContainerShip/
GeneralCargoShips/
Reefer/Combination
Carrier/RoRoCargo
Shipetc
3000>GRT500
KeelLaid<01/07/2011

01/07/2013

11. ELECTRONICCHARTDISPLAY&
INFORMATIONSYSTEM(ECDIS)
SOLASCh.VReg.19
MSC.282(86)AmendmentstoSOLAS
Ch.VReg.19par.2.1subpar.4&new

NewCargoShips
BulkCarrier/Container
Ship/GeneralCargoShip
/Reefer/Combination
Carrieretc

01/07/2013

9.

BriefDescriptionofRequirements

Theguidelinesgivenewmaintenanceandinspectionsintervalsforfire
protectionequipment.Moreover,maintenanceproceduresand
inspectionsmaybeperformedbycompetentcrewmemberswho
havecompletedanadvancedfirefightingtrainingcourse,while
othersshouldbeperformedbypeoplespeciallytrainedinthe
maintenanceofsuchsystems.
Aquickoverviewoftherequirementsandhowthemaintenance
intervalshavechangedisgiveninthefollowingLloydsRegister
publication:
LROnboardMaintenanceandInspectionofFireProtectionSystems
andAppliances
ABridgeNavigationalWatchAlarmSystem(BNWAS)(complyingwith
MSC.128(75))isrequiredtobeinstalledonboardandshallbein
operationwhenevertheshipisunderwayatsea,nolaterthanthe1st
surveyonorafter01/07/13. Firstsurveymeansthefirstannual
survey,thefirstperiodicalsurveyorthefirstrenewalsurvey,
whicheverisduefirstafterthedatespecified.ABNWASisasystemto
monitorbridgeactivityanddetectoperatordisabilitywhichcouldlead
tomarineaccidents.
AtthediscretionoftheFlagAdministrationaBNWASinstalledpriorto
1July2011maybeexemptedfromfullcompliancewiththestandards
ofMSC.128(75).
Newcargoships,otherthantankersengagedoninternationalvoyages
shallbefittedwithanElectronicChartDisplayandInformation
System(ECDIS).

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13.

14.

15.

Subject/RegulatoryReference
par.2.10&2.11
MSC.232(82)Revisedperformance
standardsforelectronicchartdisplay
andinformationsystems(ECDIS)
BELTREPAREASHIPREPORTING
SOLASCh.VReg.11
MSC.332(90)Amendmentstothe
existingmandatoryShipReporting
SystemintheStorebelt(GreatBelt)
trafficarea(BELTREP)
IAMSARMANUAL
SOLASCh.VReg.21
MSC.1Circ.1415Amendmentstothe
IAMSARManual
STCW2010MANILAAMENDMENTS
TRAININGPROGRAMME
STCWManilaAmendments
(STCW/CONF.2/33)
STCWAnnexManilaAmendments
(STCW/CONF.2/34)
STCW.7Circ.16Clarificationof
transitionalprovisionsrelatingtoSTCW
2010ManilaAmendments
SCRDEVICESCERTIFICATION
MARPOLAnnexVICh.IIIReg.13
NOxTech.Codepar.2.2Enginepre
certification
MEPC.217(63)AmendmentstoNox
Tech.Code
MEPC.198(62)SelectiveCatalytic

ApplicabletoVessels
Type/Size/Age
GRT10000
KeelLaid01/07/2013

Entryinto
ForceDate

AllShips
GRT500,AirDraught
15m
New&ExistingShips

01/07/2013

AllShips
GRT0
New&ExistingShips

01/07/2013

AllShips
GRT0
New&ExistingShips

01/07/2013

AllShips
GRT400
KeelLaid01/01/2000
Alldieselenginesfitted
withSCRdevicesand
output130kW

01/08/2013

BriefDescriptionofRequirements

Mandatoryshipreportingforvesselspassingthroughorproceedingto
andfromportsandanchoragesintheBELTREParea.TheBELTREP
systemwasestablishedtoprotectthefixedlinkovertheGreatBelt
whichconsistsoftwomajorbridgesandatunnel,andfurtheronto
assistshipssafenavigationinthearea.TheGreatBeltareaisthe
entrancetotheBalticSea.
Theamendmentsreflectrecentchangesmadetothecarriage
requirementsforradiocommunicationequipmentonships,and
includesignificantupdatestovolumeIIIoftheManual.
SwitchoverofthetrainingprogrammeasperSTCW2010Manila
amendementsrequirements.
Seafarerswhocommencedapprovedseagoingservice,anapproved
educationandtrainingprogrammeoranapprovedtrainingcourse
after1July2013thevalidityofanycertificateissuedmayextend
beyond1January2017.
ThefollowingITFpublicationexplainswhatarethechangesofthe
STCW210ManilaAmendments:
ITFSTCWAGuideforSeafarers
Par.2.2.4wordingdoesnotchangebutithasbeenreplacedbypar.
2.2.4.1&2.2.4.2givingabetteroverviewoftheonboadtests
requirements.
Par.2.2.5.1hasbeenreplacedgivingmoredetailsregardingNox
reducing(SCR)devicescertification.Morespecificallyifengines
cannotbeprecertifiedeitheronatestbedoronboard,then,subject
totheagreementoftheFlagAdministration,SchemeBoftheSCR
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Reduction(SCR)Guidelinespar.3.1.1
andpar.6SchemeBtestprocedures
16. MARITIMELABOURCONVENTION2006
MLC2006Text
MLC2006FAQ
MLC2006ModelNationalProvisions
MLC2006SocialSecurityforSeafarers
PSCOinspectionsundertheMLC2006
FlagStateinspectionsundertheMLC
2006

ApplicabletoVessels
Type/Size/Age

AllShips
*Exceptfishingvessels,
dhows,junks&warships
GRT0
GRT500needalsoan
MLCcertificate
New&ExistingShips

Entryinto
ForceDate

20/08/2013

BriefDescriptionofRequirements
Guidelines(MEPC.198(62))shouldbeused.MentionedSchemeB
allowsanalyticalmodelingtoolstobeused.
TheMaritimeLabourConvention,amongothers,willrequire
verificationonstandardssuchasseafarerpaymentofwages,hoursof
workorrest,recruitmentandplacement,manninglevels,
accommodationrecreationalfacilities,foodandcatering,health,
safety&accidentprevention,handlingofseafarerscomplaintsetc.
RegardingMLCReg.5.2.1InspectionsinPortananalysiscanbe
foundinthefollowingOOWarticle:
MLC2006EnforcementThroughPortStateControlInspectionsIn
Ports(MLCRegulation5.2.1)
ImplementationoftheMLCcanbeachievedinvariousways,oneof
themistodevelopaseparatestandalonemanualintegratedinthe
companysSMS:
ImplementingILOMLC2006withaSeparateStandAloneManual

SHIPTYPES
AllShips
PassengerShip
RoRo
CargoShip
Containership
GeneralCargoShip
Reefer
Tanker
CrudeOilTanker
ProductTanker
GasTanker
BulkCarrier
CombinationCarrier

DEFINITION
Selfpropelledshipofanytype
Ashipwhichcarriesmorethantheindicatednumberofpassengers
AshipwithRoRocargospacesasdefinedinSOLASCh.II2Regulation3item41
Anyshiptypewhichisnotapassengership
Ashipdesignedexclusivelyforthecarriageofcontainersinholdsandondeck
ACargoShipotherthanatankerorabulkcarrier
Ashipdesignedexclusivelyforthecarriageofrefrigeratedcargoesinholds
Acargoshipconstructedoradaptedforthecarriageinbulkofliquidcargoesofaninflammablenature
Anoiltankerengagedinthetradeofcarryingcrudeoil
Anoiltankerengagedinthetradeofcarryingoilotherthancrudeoil
AcargoshipconstructedoradaptedandusedforthecarriageinbulkofanyliquidgasorproductslistedinIGCCh.19
Ashipwhichisconstructedgenerallywithsingledeck,topsideandhoppersidetanksincargospaces,andprimarilycarriesdrycargoinbulk
Ashipdesignedtocarryeitheroiloralternativelysolidcargoesinbulk

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