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IMO Announces Publication Of Cargo Shipping Code

by Amanda Banks, Tax-News.com, London

10 September 2009


The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has announced the publish of the International Maritime Solid Bulk (IMSBC) Cargoes Code and Supplement, 2009 Edition.

The IMSBC Code supersedes the Code of Safe Practice for Solid Bulk Cargoes, which was first adopted as a recommendatory code in 1965 on safety practices pertaining to solid bulk cargo ships.

The IMSBC Code, and amendments to SOLAS chapter VI to make the Code mandatory, were adopted by IMO's Maritime Safety Committee in December 2008. The amendments are expected to enter into force on January 1, 2011.

The aim of the mandatory IMSBC Code is to facilitate the safe stowage and shipment of solid bulk cargoes by providing information on the dangers associated with the shipment of certain types of cargo, and instructions on the appropriate procedures to be adopted.

The IMSBC Code may be applied now on a voluntary basis, and the new edition is recommended reading for administrations, shipowners, shippers and masters, and all others concerned with the standards to be applied in the safe stowage and shipment of solid bulk cargoes, excluding grain.

The updated IMSBC Code includes:

  • Fully updated individual schedules for solid bulk cargoes;
  • New individual schedules for such cargoes as direct reduced iron fines, spent cathodes and granulated tyre rubber;
  • New provisions about sulphur;
  • References to the most recent SOLAS amendments; and,
  • Relevant updated information from the 2008 edition of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code.

This publication presents additional information which supplements the IMSBC Code, including the Code of Practice for the Safe Loading and Unloading of Bulk Carriers (BLU Code), and recommendations regarding the safe use of pesticides in ships, applicable to the fumigation of cargo holds.


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