SAFE LOADING AND UNLOADING OF BULK CARRIERS
EC Directive 2001/96/EC (establishing harmonised requirements and procedures for the safe loading and unloading of bulk carriers) entered into force on 5th February 2002. It is being implemented by means of The Merchant Shipping(Safe Loading and Unloading of Bulk Carriers) Regulations 2003 (“the 2003 Regulations”) which apply therequirements of the Directive from 1
March 2004. This will be done by cross-referring to the requirements set out inthis publication.The purpose of this publication is to help ship-owners, masters, crews, terminal operators and industry in generalunderstand and comply with the new requirements. It is based on text of the relevant Articles from the Directive.Where appropriate, explanatory guidance notes relating to the requirements have been included, in addition to extractsfrom the BLU Code and references to the Directive. Please note the guidance notes and part 4 of schedule 5 are notstatutory, but are recommendatory.
The separate sections are colour coded as follows:
Text of GeneralProvisionsText of Requirements, towhich cross reference ismade in the 2003RegulationsGuidance NotesIn the electronic version of this document, hyperlinks for navigation have been introduced throughout the document.