# 33 CFR Appendix C to Part 157, Procedure for Determining Distribution of Segregated Ballast Tanks To Provide Protection Against Oil Outflow in the Event of Grounding, Ramming, or Collision

1. Source. The procedure for determining the distribution of segregated ballast tanks contained in this appendix conforms to Regulation 18, paragraphs 12-15 of the MARPOL Protocol.

2. Procedure. Protective location of segregated ballast tanks, voids, and other spaces that do not carry cargo which are within the cargo tank length is determined from the following:

(a)Method of determining a value for J.

(1) For tank vessels for 20,000 DWT, J = 0.45.

(2) For tank vessels of 200,000 DWT or more:

(i) J = 0.30; or

(ii) J = the greater of 0.20, or

For values of DWT between 200,000 and 300,000 DWT, 300,000 and 420,000 DWT, and greater than 420,000 DWT, the value of “a” is determined by linear interpolation.

(3) For values of DWT between 20,000 and 200,000 DWT, the value of “J” is determined by linear interpolation between 0.45 and 0.30 respectively.

(b) PAc and PAs: Criteria for determining the segregated ballast tanks, voids, and other spaces that do not carry cargo.

The following criteria are to be met for a segregated ballast tank, void, or space that does not carry cargo, to be used in determining PAc and PAs:

(1) The minimum width of each wing tank or space, either of which extends for the full depth of the vessel's side or from the main deck to the top of the double bottoms is 2 meters or more. The width is measured inboard from the vessel's side shell plating at right angles to the vessel's center line. If a wing tank or space has a width anywhere within it that is less than 2 meters, that wing tank or space is not used when calculating PAc.

(2) The minimum vertical depth of each double bottom tank or space is B/15 or 2 meters, whichever is smaller. If a double bottom tank or space has a depth less than B/15 or 2 meters, whichever is smaller, anywhere within it, the double bottom or space is not to be used when calculating PAs.

(3) The minimum width of a wing tank or space is not measured in the way of -

(i) the turn of the bilge area; or

(ii) a rounded gunwale area.

(4) The minimum depth of a double bottom tank or space is not measured in the way of the turn of the bilge area.