A major impetus behind the update is to ensure that vessels comply with the latest regulations of the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Inland Waterways (ADN).
Along with updates to Section 3 of the Rules “Transport of Dangerous Goods”, covering classification of dangerous goods, equipment and systems for tankers and tank level monitoring and alarm systems, a new subsection has been introduced dealing with the provisions of ADN regarding the alternative design of cargo tanks.
Section 2 “Class Designation” introduces several new type notations for inland navigation vessels, including: “Hotel Ship”, “Excursion Boat”, “Restaurant Ship”, “Barge” and “Pushed Barge”. The first three of these new service notations were introduced to enable international clients to obtain classification for different kinds of passenger ships on the basis of their various national safety standards. The GL notation “Passenger Vessels” remains for vessels which are constructed to the safety standards of the European Union. The service Notations “Barge” and “Pushed barge” have been introduced to provide a more specialised description of these very popular types of inland navigation vessels.