IMDG Code amendments

1 January 2017 marks the start of transitional effect for Amendment 38-16 of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code. All amendments prior to Amendment 37-14 are no longer valid. Regulations controlling the transport of dangerous goods follow a two yearly revision cycle taking account, as stated in the source United Nations (UN) Recommendations on…

Zinc Concentrate

Many minerals which are essentially insoluble in water and which contain mainly finely divided material, may liquefy on ocean voyages if they contain an excessive amount of water when loaded or if they subsequently become wetted. This applies even though they may appear to be in the form of dry powders of granular materials. Such…

Soya

Handling of Soya Cargo This cargo must be carried in accordance with the requirements of the latest edition of┬áthe IMO International Convention for the Safe Carriage of Grain in Bulk (the Grain Code). Very often, claims arising at the discharge port often involve allegations of deterioration and/or contamination. Condition of the cargo may have been…

Petcoke

Handling of Petcoke cargo Black, finely divided residue from petroleum refining in the form of powder and small pieces. Recommendations for overseas carriage of coal: Request the Cargo Declaration and ensure all cargo properties are within limits On completion of loading, the cargo should be trimmed to a level surface. Pyramid stowage should not be…

Sugar

Sugar is a moisture-sensitive cargo. Sugar becomes like treacle when wet and corrodes the steelworks, therefore cargo holds must be scrupulously clean and dry. Once loaded, the mass is immobile but its volume may go down by 5%, because of the vibrations of the ship. Unrefined sugar will rarely harden. Raw sugar absorbs moisture from…