Safe Carriage of Bulk Cargoes (IMBSC Code)
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 International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS).
The IMSBC Code facilitates the safe stowage and shipment of solid bulk cargoes and dangerous goods in solid form, by providing information on the risks associated with their shipment, and the procedures to be adopted for their carriage. The code stipulates classification (where appropriate) and determination of the characteristics and properties of these cargoes so that an assessment of the acceptability for safe shipment can be conducted. The information provided has to be in accordance with the test procedures approved by the competent authority of the country of origin (In Australia, the authority is the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)).
This code applies to solid bulk cargo and/or dangerous goods in solid form for compliance with the IMSBC Code by following these three steps:
- Step 1: Consult with the IMSBC code to determine the appropriate schedule for your solid bulk cargo and/ or dangerous goods in solid form
- Step 2: If required, Pacific Enviornment will advise on and coordinate the appropriate testing to be conducted on your product.
- Step 3: Pacific Environment will issue a statement of opinion on the appropriate IMSBC group your solid bulk cargo should fall under.
In addition, where a cargo is not listed in the IMSBC code, Pacific Environment can and assist shippers to author a new schedule. Contact us today to find out how we can help you meet your requirements under the IMSBC Code.
Dangerous Goods Classification for Transport
Dangerous Goods are substances that present a hazard to people, property or the environment due to their physical, chemical or acute toxicity properties. In Australia, the requirements for transporting dangerous goods by road and/ or rail is set out in the Australian Dangerous Goods (ADG) code (edition 7.3, 2014)
The International Marine Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code is the uniform international code for the transport of dangerous goods by sea and is closely aligned with international requirements for the transport of dangerous goods.
Both of these codes require that goods are assigned to a dangerous goods class according to the most significant risk as per the United Nations Committee of Experts. Furthermore these codes are supplemented by the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria, and are aligned with the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals 5th revised edition.
There are nine classes of dangerous goods:
- Class 1: Explosives
- Class 2: Gases
- Class 3: Flammable liquids
- Class 4: Flammable solids (Substances liable to spontaneous combustion)
- Class 5: Oxidising substances & organic peroxides
- Class 6: Toxic & infectious substances
- Class 7: Radioactive material
- Class 8: Corrosives substances and
- Class 9: Miscellaneous dangerous substances and articles.
Let our experts help you classify your dangerous goods through the following stepwise approach: