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.426(98) introduced amendments (04-17) to the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code. The amendments become mandatory on 1 January, 2019 and can be implemented voluntarily from 1 January 2018. See Class News No.41/2017 for further guidance.
IMO Resolution MSC.393(95) introduced amendments (03-15) to the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code. The amendments became mandatory on 1 January, 2017. 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.
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.
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