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mandatory. The code gives requirements for the safe carriage of bulk cargoes and covers: loading and discharge; safety of ship personnel; trimming procedures; and carriage of cargoes which may liquefy or which represent a chemical hazard. The new code is very similar to the Bulk Cargoes (BC) Code 2004 (which it replaces), but contains a number of changes, including:
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Addition of new cargoes; Direct Reduced Iron (DRI) and Linseed Cotton Seeds. Operational guidance on the carriage of coal and brown coal which states that such coal is not to be stowed adjacent to fuel tanks heated to above 55°C. Guidance on safe carriage of cargoes not contained within the code. Minor modifications to existing cargo schedules.
While survey and certification are not mandatory for the new IMSBC Code, it should be noted that many ports and other authorities require a Certificate of Compliance. The ship’s classification society can issue a Certificate of Compliance for carriage of all cargoes listed in the IMSBC Code that the ship can carry; this will replace any previously issued BC Code certification. The IMSBC Code and its content The format of the IMSBC Code is similar to that of the existing BC Code. Like the BC Code, the IMSBC Code categorises cargoes into three groups - A, B and C:
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Group A consist of the cargoes which may liquefy if shipped with moisture content in excess of their transportable moisture limit. Group B consists of cargoes which possess a chemical hazard which could give rise to a dangerous situation on a ship. Group C consists of cargoes which are not liable to liquefy (Group A) and do not possess chemical hazards (Group B).
Detailed requirements relating to each type of cargo are stated in the Code's individual schedules. The IMSBC Code contains some new schedules:
Chopped rubber and plastic insulation: Characterised as a Group C cargo and described as "Plastic and rubber insulation material, clean and free from other materials, in granular form." Coarse chopped tyres: Characterised as a Group C cargo and described as "Chopped or shredded fragments of used tyres in coarse size." Direct reduced iron (C) (by-products fines): Characterised as a Group B cargo and therefore dangerous. Described as "A porous, black/grey metallic material
" It is important to note that this schedule is NOT applicable to crushed." Linted cotton seed: Characterised as a Group B cargo and therefore dangerous. hot moulded and/or Direct Reduced Iron (B) Lumps. The DSC has proposed the following interpretation of "adjacent to hot areas: Boundary areas of the cargo hold in contact with the cargo having a temperature consistently greater than 55 degr. For sulphur in this condition. pellets. UN 3170: The ventilation requirements have been changed. lump and coarse-grained sulphur.• • • generated as a by-product in the manufacturing and handling processes of Direct Reduced Iron (A) Briquettes. The density of DRI (C) is less than 5 000 kg/m3. This statement is rather vague taking into account its importance and the fact that it is a statement in a code that will soon be mandatory. Brown coal briquettes and Coal: The Code states that "the master shall ensure that these cargoes are not to be stowed adjacent to hot areas". as a result of this that: Heated fuel oil tanks adjacent to cargo spaces carrying these cargoes should not normally be regarded as hot areas when the fuel oil temperature is controlled at less than 55 degr. pellets." Sulphur (formed. the schedule Sulphur UN 1350 (crushed lump and coarse grained). granules. pastilles or flakes). which is characterised as a Group B cargo. Continuous mechanical ventilation is now required for this cargo. prills. And. . cold-moulded briquettes." Granulated tyre rubber: Characterised as a Group C cargo and described as "Fragmented rubber tyre material cleaned and free from other materials. The IMO recognised this and the issue were discussed by the subcommittee on Dangerous Goods. such as sometimes can be experienced when heated fuel oil service tanks and fuel oil settling tanks have a common boundary with the cargo hold. We would also like to draw your attention to some of the schedules and some special items: • • Aluminium smelting by-products or Aluminium remelting by-products. It is bright yellow in colour and odourless. solid): Characterised as a Group C cargo and described as: "A co-product recovered from sour gas processing or oil refinery operations that have been subjected to a forming process that converts sulphur from a molten state into specific solid shapes (e. C during carriage of the cargo. This means that the Load Line Convention must be fulfilled which again means that the height from the freeboard deck to the ventilation openings must be at least 4. is to be used.g. Solid Cargoes and Containers (DSC) at its 14th meeting in London at the end of September 2009. Described as "Cottonseed with short cotton fibres adhering to the kernel after approximately 90Ð98% of the cotton have been removed by machine.5 metres.
Seed cake. Table 19. we have now deregulated our requirement and decided that "suitable wire mesh" can be used instead of "spark arresting screens". Seed cake UN 2217 and Sulphur UN 1350 (crushed lump or coarse-grained): These cargoes require the ventilation openings to be equipped with "spark arresting screens"." In other words. And finally. The above proposal has been forwarded to the Marine Safety Committee (MSC) to be discussed and possibly approved at MSC 87 on 12-21 May this year. and the maximum temperature of the fuel oil does not exceed 65 degr. Due to the fact that DNV was the only classification society that distinguished between "spark arresting screens" and "wire mesh". Note 7 and Reg.5 metres. based on the volume of the empty cargo hold. pellets. containing vegetable oil UN 1386 (b) solvent extraction only and Seed cake UN 2217: According to SOLAS Reg.3. cold-moulded briquettes) and the new schedule Direct reduced iron (C) (By-product fines): Prior to loading. In this Supplement you will find some IMO documents that are related to the IMSBC Code: . the added Supplement. The arrangement shall be so that at least six air changes per hour are maintained.5: Containing information concerning tripartite agreements on the acceptance of exemptions from the IMSBC Code and the application of deviating measures compared to those required by the Code The new section 11: Containing information concerning "Security provisions". A suitable wire mesh will be a mesh with openings that are a maximum of 13 x 13 mm.4.C. The ship's fixed CO2 firefighting system SHALL NOT be used for this purpose. II-2/19. this temperature is not exceeded for periods greater than 12 hours in any 24-hour period. C. Some new sections have been added: The new section 1. The ship must be provided with the means to ensure that the Code's requirement that the oxygen concentration must be kept below 5% can be achieved and maintained throughout the voyage. containing vegetable oil UN 1386 (b). these two schedules require provisions to be made to introduce a dry. these cargoes require continuous mechanical ventilation which again means that the Load Line Convention must be fulfilled and that the height from the freeboard deck to the ventilation openings must be at least 4. • • • Direct reduced iron (B) (Lumps. Seed cake. II-19.1 these cargoes require "Adequate power ventilation in the enclosed cargo spaces. The schedule for Coal has been amended to also include references to the carriage of coal on gravity-fed self-unloaders. inert gas at tank top level so that the inert gas purges the air from the cargo and fills the free volume above.2.
This code is also linked to SOLAS Reg.1. This includes the cargoes listed in SOLAS Reg. 1146 . terminal operators and other parties concerned with the safe handling. A water spray/deluge system is typically used for these vessels.Recommendations for Entering Enclosed Spaces Aboard Ships: The object of these recommendations is to encourage the adoption of safety procedures aimed at preventing casualties to ship personnel entering enclosed spaces where there may be an oxygen-deficient.1/Circ.Contact Names and Addresses of the Offices of Designated National Competent Authorities Responsible for the Safe Carriage of Grain and Solid Bulk .1/Circ.1264 . Res.7. the IMO adopted the performance specification for measuring the density of such cargoes set out in the annex of this circular. Prior to loading bulk cargo on a bulk carrier. Table 2 is a list of solid bulk cargoes for which a fixed gas fire-extinguishing system is ineffective and for which a fire-extinguishing system giving equivalent protection must be available. BC. II-2/10. VI/7 . flammable and/or toxic atmosphere.Loading. Due to the need for a common method to measure the density of bulk cargo. A. as amended. they may move from one kind of product to another (cross-infestation) and they may remain to attack subsequent cargoes (residual infestation).Uniform Method of Measurement of the Density of Bulk Cargoes: This circular describes a method for measuring the density of bulk cargoes. unloading and stowage of bulk cargoes. MSC. MSC/Circ.Lists of Solid Bulk Cargoes for which a Fixed Gas Fire-extinguishing System may be Exempted or for which a Fixed Gas Fire-extinguishing System is Ineffective: The annex of this circular contains two tables: Table 1 is a list of solid bulk cargoes for which a fixed gas fire-extinguishing system may be exempted. Practical recommendations for all types of ships and guidance to seafarers are outlined in the annex to the resolution. The annex of this circular provides guidance to masters in the use of pesticides (fumigants) with a view to personnel safety. the shipper is required to declare the density of the cargo. including those responsible for the training of personnel.66 .The BLU Code: The intention of the Code of Practice for the Safe Loading and Unloading of Bulk Carriers is to provide guidance to masters of bulk carriers. loading and unloading of solid bulk cargoes. which must be verified by an accredited testing organisation.Recommendations on the Safe Use of Pesticides in Ships Applicable to the Fumigation of Cargo Holds: Insect and mite pests on plant and animal products may be carried into the cargo holds with goods (introduced infestation). The BLU Manual: The intention of the Manual on Loading and Unloading of Solid Bulk Cargoes for Terminal Representatives is to provide more detailed guidance to terminal representatives (as defined in the BLU Code) and others involved in the handling of solid bulk cargoes. 864(20) . MSC/Circ. 908 .4 and the cargoes listed in the IMSBC Code which are not combustible or constitute a low fire risk.
. will be issued directly by our surveyors as before.the IMO Class of the cargo.the total quantity of the cargo offered. However. DNV will implement this change at the 1st Dangerous Goods Renewal Survey that is scheduled on or after 2011-01-01. with references to the IMSBC Code instead of to the BC Code. The cargo information shall include: . As agreed with the flag authorities that we have asked.the BCSN when the cargo is listed in this Code.2 Provision of information 4. or C).the need for trimming and the trimming procedures. Please note that DNV will issue a new Document of Compliance for the Carriage of Dangerous Goods with references to the new IMSBC code before the first renewal survey after 2011-01-01 if so requested by the owner or manager. if applicable.2. A. DNV's implementation of the new Code The new IMSBC Code is for many practical reasons a renaming of the old BC Code. if applicable. .the stowage factor. . It should also be noted that some of these IMO documents are currently under review with a view to harmonising their provisions with those of the IMSBC Code and other IMO instruments. .2 Cargo information shall be confirmed in writing and by appropriate shipping documents prior to loading. It should be noted that no survey is necessary for the issuance of this statement. B.1 The shipper shall provide the master or his representative with appropriate information on the cargo sufficiently in advance of loading to enable the precautions which may be necessary for proper stowage and safe carriage of the cargo to be put into effect.the UN number preceded by letters UN for the cargo. . as necessary. MSC 84/24/Add.the cargo group (A&B. . The "Statement of Compliance for the Carriage of Solid Bulk Cargoes in Groups A and C". the references in the "Document of Compliance for the Carriage of Dangerous Goods" will be changed from BC Code references to IMSBC Code references.2.3 ANNEX 12 . Secondary names may be used in addition to the BCSN. 4. 4.Cargoes: The annex of this circular contains a revised list of contact names and addresses of the offices of designated national competent authorities of IMO member states' administrations responsible for matters relating to the carriage of grain and solid bulk cargoes.
As an aid to paper documentation.3 ANNEX 12 Page 24 I:\MSC\84\24-Add-3. . . or “MHB” * For cargoes which may liquefy (Group A and Group A & B cargoes) Transportable Moisture Limit Group of the cargo .properties on emission of flammable gases in contact with water.3 of this Code). if applicable.toxic or flammable gases which may be generated by cargo. Electronic Data Processing (EDP) or Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) techniques may be used.likelihood of formation of a wet base (see subsection 7.doc FORM FOR CARGO INFORMATION for Solid Bulk Cargoes BCSN Shipper Transport document Number Consignee Carrier Name/means of transport Port/place of departure Port/place of destination Instructions or other matters General description of the cargo (Type of material/particle size)* Gross mass (kg/tonnes) Specifications of bulk cargo.doc . corrosiveness and propensity to oxygen depletion of the cargo. including angle of repose.3 Information provided by the shipper shall be accompanied by a declaration. if applicable.the likelihood of shifting. Class & UN No. if applicable. if applicable: Stowage factor: Angle of repose. and . . MSC 84/24/Add. . toxicity.self-heating properties of the cargo.flammability.. if applicable: Trimming procedures: Chemical properties if potential hazard*: * e. An example of a cargo declaration form is set out in the next page. . if applicable. .Page 23 I:\MSC\84\24-Add-3.2. if applicable. The other form may be used for cargo declaration.2.radioactive properties.g. and the need for trimming. .any other information required by national authorities. 4.additional information in the form of a certificate on the moisture content of the cargo and its transportable moisture limit in the case of a concentrate or other cargo which may liquefy. if applicable.
company/organization of signatory Place and date Signature on behalf of shipper .Group A & B* Group A* Group B Group C Moisture content at shipment Relevant special properties of the cargo (e.. Name/status.g. highly soluble in water) Additional certificate(s)* Certificate of moisture content and transportable moisture limit Weathering certificate Exemption certificate Other (specify) * If required DECLARATION I hereby declare that the consignment is fully and accurately described and that the given test results and other specifications are correct to the best of my knowledge and belief and can be considered as representative for the cargo to be loaded.
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