The primary aim of the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code 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 prime hazards associated with the shipment of solid bulk cargoes are those relating to structural damage due to improper cargo distribution, loss or reduction of stability during a voyage and chemical reactions of cargoes. Therefore, the primary aim of the IMSBC 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. Observance of the Code harmonizes the practices and procedures to be followed and the appropriate precautions to be taken in the loading, trimming, carriage and discharge of solid bulk cargoes when transported by sea, ensuring compliance with the mandatory provisions of the SOLAS Convention. Since then, the Code has been amended by resolutions MSC.
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Government administrations have had the option of voluntarily applying amendment from 1st January and may, therefore, be largely familiar to Members. The amendments respond to the need to progressively update the Code to keep pace with the expansion in trade and developments in technical knowledge, and may be summarised as follows: The most substantive changes are contained in Appendix 1 relating to amendments to existing schedules and the addition of 18 new schedules for materials carried as bulk cargo.
Zinc Slag - Group A Zircon Kyanite Concentrate - Group A The addition of new schedules for established bulk cargoes is most welcome and greatly assists in resolving uncertainties in carriage requirements and reducing the potential for disputes between Owners, Charterers and Shippers.
These Group A cargoes are shipped in large quantities worldwide, and have been associated with a significant number of ship casualties and cargo disputes over the years, due to liquefaction issues and unsuitability for safe carriage.
With regard to amendments to existing cargo schedules, probably the most significant is the replacement schedule for Group C Iron Ore. The application of the schedule to iron ore cargoes is defined in terms of particle size and goethite content, and correlates with the new entry for the Group A cargo Iron Ore Fines. Significant amendments to the Code have been made for the purpose of incorporating the requirements of MARPOL AnnexV as far as these regulations apply to the management of solid bulk cargo residues.
As responsibility for classifying cargoes as harmful to the marine environment HME or non-HME lies with the Shipper, an applicable amendment has been made to Section 4 of the Code requiring this classification to be included in cargo information furnished by the Shipper. Section 9 has been supplemented in paragraph 9. A summary of the notational references is included in a table within this section.
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International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code