With effect from 1 July 2009, SOLAS Reg VI/5-1 will require marine fuel suppliers to provide your ship crew, prior to delivery, with a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for each type of oil fuel to be loaded to the ship.
‘The MSDS contains instructions on safe onboard handling of the corresponding fuel product. To facilitate air transportation of fuel samples to DNVPS and other fuel testing labs, airlines are also requiring MSDS to be included in the dispatch documentation. Your chief engineer should either attach the MSDS on the outside of the sample carton box, together with the Proforma Invoice and Airway Bill, or pass these three
documents to the freight forwarding agent.As with the current practice, the DNVPS Chief Engineer’s Form and the Bunker Delivery Note (BDN) must be placed inside the sample carton box before dispatch.