Bulk cargoes are characterised by solid products consisting of a combination of particles, granulates or large pieces of material that is normally homogeneously structured and which is loaded directly into the hold of a ship without any type of intermediate packaging.
Such cargoes must be carried in accordance with the provisions of the IMSBC Code – The International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code.
The carriage of bulk cargoes may involve a number of risk elements that can be attributed to the dangerous properties of the products carried. They may be products with dangerous properties or products which:
- can generate combustible, poisonous or harmful vapours during transport
- are especially heavy and therefore can harm the structure of the ship
- can "slide" in the hold and thereby affect the stability of the ship
- change their character during transport, for example sphagnum which can transform from solid to liquid form, etc.
Such cargoes are carried by sea on board bulk carriers, dry cargo carriers, barges, etc.
Procedures for the approval of transport of solid bulk cargoes not listed in appendix 1 in the IMSBC Code
- Rule reference
- IMSBC paragraph 1.3 cargoes not listed in this code
- MARPOL Annex VI Regulations for the prevention of pollution by garbage from ships
- Explanatory note
Paragraph 1.3 in the IMSBC Code refers to the procedures to be followed in order to approve the transport of a solid bulk cargo that is not listed in appendix 1 to the Code.
Applications for the approval of loading of solid bulk cargoes not listed in IMSBC on board ships in a Danish port shall be submitted to the Danish Maritime Auhtority as the competent authority of the port of loading.
- How to do it
The shipper shall, prior to loading, provide the DMA with the characteristics and properties of the cargo in accordance with section 4 of the Code. Based on the information received, the DMA will assess the acceptability of the cargo for safe shipment.
- Further approval criteria
If the cargo has properties that is harmful to the marine environment, the cargo will approved only after consultation with the Danish Envrionmental Protection agency.
Proper applications may be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org