Applicability: shipowners, ship operators, ship managers and ship masters.

New amendments* to the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code will enter into force on 1 December 2023 with voluntary implementation from 1 January 2023.

New cargo schedules
These amendments include the addition of new cargo schedules for the following Group B cargoes: 

  • Ammonium nitrate-based fertilizer - MHB
  • Leach residue containing lead
  • Superphosphate (triple, granular) (Group B)

What should shipowners and ship operators do now?

Certification that includes the new cargoes can be requested from Lloyd’s Register after the voluntary application date.

Other changes to the IMSBC Code 

These include:
Deletion of individual cargo schedules for:

  • Ammonium nitrate-based fertilizer (non-hazardous) 
  • Superphosphate (triple, granular) (Group C)

Introduction of requirements for cargoes which undergo dynamic separation:

  • Section 1: Definitions.
  • Section 4: Assessment of acceptability of consignments for safe shipment.
  • Section 7: Cargoes which may liquefy.
  • Section 8: Test procedures for cargoes which may liquefy.
  • Section 9: Materials possessing chemical hazards.
  • Amendments to Appendix 1. Individual schedules, 2. Laboratory test procedures, 3. Properties, 4. Index and 5. Shipping names.

For further information

* For more details on the amendments and a full list of the new cargoes added to the IMSBC Code, please see IMO Resolution MSC.500(105) – Amendments to the IMSBC Code.

Please get in touch with your local LR office, or contact or Statutory Support.

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