The International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code

Carrying solid bulk cargoes safely

Carrying solid bulk cargoes involves serious risks, which must be managed carefully to safeguard the crew and the ship. These risks include reduced ship stability, and even capsizing, due to cargo liquefaction; fire or explosion due to chemical hazards; and damage to ship structures due to poor loading procedures.

The main legislation governing safe carriage of solid bulk cargoes is the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code, which became mandatory on January 1, 2011, under the SOLAS Convention.

Recent new requirements 

IMO Resolution MSC.393(95) introduced amendments (03-15) to the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code enter into force on 1 January, 2017, and could be implemented voluntarily from 1 January, 2016. See Class News No.02/2016 for further guidance. 

IMO Resolution MSC.318(89) introduced amendments to the International Solid Bulk Cargoes Code (IMSBC Code). The amendments became mandatory on January 1, 2013. See Class News No.35/2011 for further guidance.

Pocket guide

Our pocket guide will help you understand the IMSBC Code’s key requirements and give you greater confidence in managing the risks of carrying solid bulk cargoes and achieving compliance with SOLAS. The Circulars referenced in the pocket guide can be accessed from the IMO website.

It also contains a quick reference checklist and flowchart summarising the steps you need to follow. A PDF of the guide can be downloaded below. Printed copies can be ordered from our webstore.

This pocket guide is now also available in Chinese, a PDF of the Chinese edition can be downloaded below. Printed copies of the Chinese edition are also available from our webstore.

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