International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code

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International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code (IMSBC Code) 2016 Edition
International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code (IMSBC Code) 2013 Edition

The International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code (IMSBC Code), which is published by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), is an internationally recognized code of safe practice to be implemented when transporting solid bulk cargoes. The (2012 edition) preamble states that "the primary aim of the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code, which replaces the Code of Safe Practice for Solid Bulk Cargoes (BC 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 solid bulk cargoes and instructions on the procedures to be adopted when the shipment of solid bulk cargoes is contemplated. The IMSBC Code, adopted on 4 December 2008 by resolution MSC.268(85) [MSC 85/26/Add.2 (Download PDF)], entered into force on 1 January 2011, from which date it was made mandatory under the provisions of the SOLAS Convention".[1]

Purchasing[edit]

To purchase the latest edition of the IMSBC Code visit Distributors of IMO Publications or you can download a free pocket guide on bulk mineral cargo liquefaction, which is published by Skuld, by clicking here.

Cargo Categories[edit]

The IMSBC Code was first published in London by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 1965[2]. Since then it has evolved to include many solid bulk cargoes which are hazardous when transporting in bulk carriers. The IMSBC Code categorises solid bulk cargoes into three groups, they are as follows:

See: List of Solid Bulk Cargoes - List of solid bulk cargoes along with their group classifications.

Each solid bulk cargo that is listed in the IMSBC Code has a schedule where the category or group is stated. If a solid bulk cargo is not specifically listed in the code the relevant authority should be contacted in regards to hazards it may pose during transportation. Contact names and addresses of the offices of designated national competent authorities responsible for the safe carriage of grain and solid bulk cargoes can be seen by viewing the List of Relevant Authorities - Contact names and addresses of the offices of designated national competent authorities responsible for the safe carriage of grain and solid bulk cargoes.

Appendix 2[edit]

Appendix 2 of the IMSBC Code (2014 Edition) lists three tests, one of which must be conducted if the solid bulk cargo is classified as a 'Group A' liquefiable cargo. The three tests are as follows:

Editions[edit]

Code of Safe Practice for Solid Bulk Cargoes (BC Code)[edit]

  • 1965 Edition
  • 1969 Edition
  • 1972 Edition
  • 1977 Edition
  • 1981 Edition
  • 1983 Edition
  • 1987 Edition
  • 1989 Edition
  • 1991 Edition
  • 1994 Edition
  • 1998 Edition
  • 2001 Edition
  • 2004 Edition
  • 2005 Edition

International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code (IMSBC Code)[edit]

See Also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. International Maritime Organisation, International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code, 2012 Edition, London: International Maritime Organization.
  2. http://www.amnautical.com/blogs/news/6220592-all-about-the-imsbc-code#.VTiXayGqpBc
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