Statutory Alert: Early implementation of draft amendments to the IMSBC Code – carriage and testing of iron ore fines.
13 May, 2014
Applicability: All shipowners and operators involved in the carriage of solid bulk cargoes
Amendments to the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code (03-15) are under development by the Carriage of Containers and Cargoes (CCC) Sub-Committee (formerly the DSC Sub-Committee). Member governments are urged to voluntarily implement the amendments as soon as possible.
The amendments include:
- a draft individual schedule for iron ore fines (group A) which addresses the dangers relating to liquefaction
- a revised individual schedule for iron ore (group C)
- a new draft test procedure – "Modified Proctor/ Fagerberg test procedure for iron ore fines" – for inclusion in appendix 2 to the IMSBC Code.
Owners and Masters are reminded that cargoes with a moisture content higher than the Transportable Moisture Limit (TML) must not be accepted for loading.
Guidance on carrying solid bulk cargoes safely
Lloyd’s Register, the UK P&I Club, and Intercargo have produced a pocket guide for ships’ officers and agents who arrange cargoes for loading.
This outlines the precautions to be taken before accepting solid bulk cargoes for shipment; sets out procedures for safe loading and carriage; details the primary hazards associated with different types of cargo; and underlines the importance of proper cargo declarations. A quick reference checklist and flowchart summarise the steps to be followed.
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